Monitoring federal funding negotiations and impact on university
The University of Kentucky is closely monitoring negotiations in Congress regarding funding for the federal government and a potential government shutdown. The government’s authority to spend money expires at 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 30. If funding legislation for the new fiscal year is not passed by then, the federal government will shut down.
With limited time left for policymakers to negotiate, the impact of a shutdown is unknown and depends on many factors, including which agencies are impacted, their contingency plans and the length of time until a deal is reached. The effect of the last federal shutdown — which occurred in December 2018 and lasted 35 days — was minimal for the university and other higher education institutions.
Federal funding for approved student aid and other critical functions across the university is generally already in place by now.
Nonetheless, a team of administrators and leaders throughout the enterprise are monitoring and developing plans to ensure we manage operations and minimize disruption. Meanwhile, we will continue to operate as usual.
There is no question that we will continue the important work of learning, serving, teaching, caring and discovering across our campus and Commonwealth.
We will provide updates on this situation and additional information as it becomes available.