Federally backed grants, loans, so far unaffected by shutdown

Mark Abrams
January 09, 2019 - 3:30 pm
College students and parents may be asking whether federal grants or loans might be impacted by the partial government shutdown.

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — College students and parents may be asking whether federal grants or loans will be impacted by the partial government shutdown. 

A spokesman for the U.S. Department of Education says the agency is funded and does not foresee any difficulties in meeting obligations for student grants.

Those funds are paid directly to the college or university the student attends.

Processing of student loan payments is also unaffected.

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And, the online intake of the  Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA forms, continues without interruption. The toll-free hotline for questions about FAFSA also is being manned.

The Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency in Harrisburg, which processes state education loans, is advising any federal workers affected by the shutdown who have student loans through PHEAA to contact the agency for assistance.

Meanwhile, Drexel University's Office of Research, which primarily concerns faculty, put out an advisory that some but not all federally funded research might be affected if the shutdown continues.