After One Week, Federal Shutdown Is Already Taking A Toll On Higher Ed
"The government shutdown that began last week is already taking a toll on higher education, despite assurances from policy makers that colleges and students would be largely spared in the short term," The Chronicle of Higher Education reports. "Research projects have been interrupted, academic meetings have been postponed or canceled, and some students are being urged to put off their educations until the federal-budget impasse ends. Such disruptions will only multiply as the shutdown drags on. Grant competitions could be delayed, payments to programs serving disadvantaged students may lapse, and funds for veterans' tuition and housing will be exhausted. But the most severe consequences for higher education will come if Congress fails to increase the nation's borrowing limit, and the government defaults on its debt. The deadline for raising the debt ceiling is Thursday, October 17. ... With only eight days remaining until the debt-ceiling deadline, the prospects for compromise are uncertain. On Tuesday lawmakers were working toward a deal to reopen the government and to raise the debt ceiling at the same time. But with Republicans intent on attaching conditions to the measure, and Democrats insisting on a 'clean' bill, no breakthrough was in sight."
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