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Federal Government Shutdown FAQs

January 20, 2018

The University of Maryland is committed to keeping its community updated on the federal government shutdown and its potential impacts on our community. Below are some frequently asked questions. The university will update this information as federal agencies continue to release more guidance to the public.

Click here for guidance from the White House Office of Management and Budget. Specific agency contingency plans can also be found here.  

Information updated 1/20/18

1. What is the impact on federally-funded research projects?

No new grants or contracts are usually awarded during a shutdown. Researchers can likely submit proposals, but they will not be reviewed until the government is operational again.

Work may continue on most federally-funded projects that have already been awarded. Routine administrative and support services provided by federal agencies to grant and contract recipients likely will not be available. Awarded projects may be disrupted during a shutdown if they are housed in a federal facility, if the project includes federal personnel, and/or if an award includes restrictive terms and conditions that require administrative action to approve a drawdown of funds.

Federal agency staff likely will not be available to approve no-cost extension requests, grant transfers, re-budgeting approvals or other actions requiring agency approval.

For details, refer to Section II of the Office of Management and Budget’s “Planning for Agency Operations during a Potential Lapse in Appropriations” or the specific agency's contingency plan


2. What is the impact on federal financial aid?

The shutdown is expected to have minimal impact on federal financial aid.

The processing of Federal Direct Student Loans and Pell Grants is expected to continue on their normal schedules.

Graduate student stipends awarded as part of federal grants to the university are expected to get paid during the shutdown.


3. What is the impact on veterans’ education benefits and services?

Education benefits will continue to be processed and paid. 

Support services for veteran students, such as their hotline to ask questions on benefits and their career counseling services, may not be operational.


4. What is the impact on immigration services?

Because these activities are funded by fees, most of these services are expected to remain operational during a shutdown.  

For additional information, view the Department of Homeland Security’s plan


5. What is the impact on international students at UMD? 

If you have questions or concerns about how the shutdown affects you as an international student, please contact UMD’s International Student & Scholar Services office at 301-314-7740. 


6. What is the impact on students who are interning with federal agencies? How will this affect internship credits earned? 

Students who have an internship with a federal agency should contact their supervisor to determine how they are affected by the shutdown. 

Students should also contact their internship coordinator at UMD to determine any effects on credits being earned. 


7. Will the Metro still run? 

The metro’s service and schedule are not affected by the shutdown.