The shutdown of the federal government as of midnight last night generates many questions about what this means for our campus and operations. At this point, we don’t see the potential for any serious disruption – all reports indicate that any shutdown is likely to be short-term. Here’s what we expect for Colorado State University, given what we know so far:

  • We do not, at this time, anticipate any impacts on student financial aid, veterans benefits, or federally funded research projects. We will keep the campus updated if the shutdown continues longer than expected.
  • While most of our workforce is not affected by the shutdown, some of our employees on federal grants, contracts, and work-study may be affected if the shutdown continues longer than anticipated. We will provide more information for those employees as needed. Employees who are partially or fully funded through federal grants or contracts or who otherwise work on or with federal agencies or facilities should assume that work will continue as usual unless notified otherwise.

Obviously, there is a great deal of uncertainty right now, and we are watching the government’s actions very closely and working to respond as best we can. If you have specific questions or concerns that you want to ensure are considered, please let us know via In the meantime, we believe our best approach is to manage this shutdown as we have handled these in the past – stay calm, respond as we can, and wait and see how this unfolds over the next few days.


Dr. Tony Frank