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UW Will Help Students Affected by Partial Government Shutdown

January 22, 2019

To the UW community:

Many of you are probably aware that the U.S. Congress and the president have not approved all pieces of the federal budget, and we find ourselves again in a partial federal government shutdown. Understandably, this has created concerns and questions around campus that I would like to address.

The University of Wyoming is committed to work to help UW students continue their studies, regardless of what happens with federally funded programs affected by the federal government shutdown. No students will be forced to leave UW this semester or have their studies reduced because of their inability to pay expenses to the university including tuition, fees and residence hall costs due to the shutdown. 

While the shutdown means no federal dollars are allowed to be spent in certain programs, the shutdown will have no effect on the delivery of federal student loans and federal aid, repayment of federal student loans, or the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

The university will also take steps to assist students who have relied upon monthly stipends paid by the federal government (i.e., GI Bill living stipends) should the shutdown duration become exceedingly lengthy. 

I have asked Vice President Sean Blackburn to closely monitor the shutdown and provide students with updates on developments and impacts as appropriate. If you have immediate financial concerns, please reach out to one of our support offices below:

  • Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid at finaid@uwyo.edu or (307) 766-2116.
  • Student Financial Services at (307) 766-6233 or billpay@uwyo.edu.
  • Senior Project Coordinator Marty Martinez is available to support UW veterans and can be reached at Room 301 Wyoming Union, (307) 766-6908, or uw-vets@uwyo.edu.

All students may visit with the Dean of Students Office if you have questions or concerns at 128 Knight Hall, (307) 766-3296 or dos@uwyo.edu.

As far as our university employees are concerned, those whose salaries include funding from the federal government will continue to be paid. It is our understanding that a small number of federally funded faculty members have received “do not report to work” notices. We will endeavor to work with these individuals so that any of their students will continue to receive support.

In most cases, work on federally funded grant projects should continue. There may be some grant recipients who receive “stop work” notices from particular federal agencies, but, in general, our federally funded researchers should continue their work. Unless contacted by the Office of Research and Economic Development and told otherwise, researchers can continue work at this time.

Let us all hope for a resolution to this shutdown.

Sincerely,

Laurie Nichols, President

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