Partial Federal Government Shutdown Information and FAQs

Updated: 1/10/19

NKU is continuing to monitor the partial government shutdown and will update the campus community should there be any potential impact to our students.

Below are general questions and answers, which we will continue to update as federal agencies release guidance. If you have additional questions or cannot find an answer you are looking for, please reach out to the Office of Enrollment and Degree Management at or 859-572-5825.

Q. What does a partial government shutdown mean?

A. In the event of a partial government shutdown, federal agencies must cease all operations and services deemed non-essential. Functions deemed essential (i.e., airport security, law enforcement) will continue. Federal agencies may temporarily stop making payments and there may be a lack of federal communications related to affected agency proposals and awards.

In the case of this current shutdown, it will last until new funding is approved by Congress and signed into law by the President.

Q. What impact does the shutdown have on federal financial aid for NKU students?

A. It is our understanding that the shutdown will not impact federal financial aid programs supported by the Department of Education, as Congress has already approved FY2019 appropriations for these programs.

On January 9, 2019, the Office of Postsecondary Education from the U.S. Department of Education issued a statement saying they would be "providing institutions with flexibilities that may be used as part of their verification process.” Based on this statement, NKU’s Office of Financial Assistance will accept copies of “tax returns and written statements of non-filing as acceptable documentation for verification purposes for both the 2018-19 and 2019-20 application cycles.”

For any questions related to financial aid or the FAFSA, please contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance at, (859) 572-5143 or toll free at (888) 225-4499.

Q. What is the impact on NKU veterans’ education benefits and services?

A. The partial shutdown will not impact veterans’ education benefits and services as Congress approved FY2019 appropriations for these programs. For additional questions, please contact NKU’s Veterans Resource Station at or (859) 572-7867.

Q. What is the impact on international students?

A. If you have any questions about how the shutdown may impact you as an international student or immigration services, please contact International Student and Scholar Services at or 859-572-6517.

Q. What is the impact on students who are interning with federal agencies? How will this affect internship credits earned? 

A. Students who have an internship or co-op with a federal agency should contact their supervisor to determine how their work may be impacted by the shutdown.

Q. What is the impact on federally-funded research projects at NKU?  

A. New grants or contracts are not typically awarded during a shutdown. Researchers may be able to submit proposals, but they will not be reviewed until the government shutdown concludes.

Work may continue on most federally-funded projects that have already been awarded. If you have any questions about a research project or grant, please contact the Office of Research, Grants & Contracts at

Q. Will TANK bus services still run and be available? 

A. TANK’s bus service and schedules are not affected by the shutdown. 

Q. Where can students turn for questions regarding SNAP?

A. According to the most recent update, SNAP will continue to be funded through February. As for our NKU students, FUEL NKU is committed to providing nutritional assistance and other useful items. FUEL provides a compassionate, confidential, and safe environment that respects dignity. For questions or concerns regarding SNAP or any food insecurity issues, please reach out to the FUEL NKU office at or stop by UC 142 during normal operating hours. You can learn more about FUEL at

Q. Where can students turn for support and counseling in uncertain times such as these?

A. We care deeply for each and every individual on NKU’s campus. Our Health, Counseling, & Student Wellness (HCSW) office provides services that help students, faculty and staff achieve and maintain optimal levels of physical and emotional functioning. We encourage anyone seeking support to contact our HCSW office at 859-572-5650. A detailed list of services provided by the HCSW office can also be found at