Government Shutdown 2018 - Military Students


Update: A continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government through Mar. 23 was passed on Feb. 9. The information provided below is available in the event that additional resolutions/bills are not passed by the Mar. 23 deadline. 

Shutdown FAQ's for Military Students

Below are the answers to some frequently asked questions in the event of a government shutdown. 

Will TA cover my balance/current classes?

  • If you have received a TA authorization for funding, the military will pay for the amount approved once the government shutdown ends. The TA authorization is a promise of payment and it will be honored by the military once the government resumes operation. 

  • If TA has not been approved, and you have passed the deadline to request your funding, TA will not be approved. For those who cannot get TA funding, GI Bill® eligible students can utilize funding from the VA, which can be certified up to a year prior, but it will not be paid out until the government shutdown is over. 

Will the VA continue to issue payment?

  • It is not clear the impact the government shutdown will have on Department of Veterans Affairs benefits.
  • Students should call 1-888-442-4551 for more information.
  • Payments already in process (authorized) should continue to be issued through the end of the month, and should resume once the government shutdown ends.

Where can I receive updates on other types of federal aid that I am using?

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