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Government Shutdown 2018 - Military Students


Update: The U.S. Senate passed the omnibus spending bill on Mar. 22, elminating a government shutdown on Mar. 23. The bill will fund the government through September 30, 2018. 


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?

Have questions? Contact us at (855) 355-4947,, or Chat Live

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