Financial Aid Continues Despite Education Dept. Shutdown

Career College Central summary:

  • While federal financial aid continues, the vast majority of the U.S. Education Department has come to a halt, according to a contingency plan posted on the department's official website Sept. 27.
  • More than 90% of the department's 4,225 total employees are furloughed.
  • The only employees currently working are "Presidentially-appointed, Senate-confirmed individuals," those responsible for all things concerning federal financial aid and those "charged with the protection of life and property" according to the site.
  • The department's website will not be updated throughout the shutdown, transactions will not be processed and inquiries will go answered, it wrote.
  • However, the majority of federal financial aid operations will continue with a "limited impact" to the FAFSA process, delivery of aid and repayment of student loans.

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