Since the Dec. 22 start of the partial government shutdown, several federal parks, monuments and museums have closed. Thousands of federal workers could miss their next paycheck. On Jan. 8, the Dow Jones had dropped nearly 3,000 points since October.
But at UNC, not much has changed.
In September, Congress passed appropriations bills for the 2019 fiscal year, with funding for various agencies and programs within the Department of Education, including Higher Education, Student Financial Assistance and Student Aid Administration.
“UNC-Chapel Hill has been planning for a partial shutdown scenario, and our campus is well prepared,” Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Bob Blouin said in a December email to the University community. “At this point, every indication is that a short-term partial shutdown would have a minimal impact on the U.S. higher education community.”
The UNC system receives federal funding from over 11,000 sources, according to a letter sent from Clinton P. Carter, senior vice president for Finance and Administration and the UNC-system Chief Financial Officer, to State Budget Officer Charlie Perusse. The government shutdown would likely not impact major funding sources, Carter wrote in the letter.