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In Brief: How a Shutdown Could Affect You

Even if you're not a federal employee, a partial government shutdown could affect you in many ways.

Here are some examples:

- Head Start grants that expire on Oct. 1 would not be renewed.
- 94 percent of U.S. Department of Education employees would be furloughed.
- School grants and loans, such as Pell grants and direct student loans would "continue as normal," officials say, but payment of money could be delayed.
- Colleges and schools that receive federal funding would also experience delays.

Federal loans
- A government shutdown would freeze all federal loans.
- Businesses and home buyers would not be able to take out loans.

Social Security
- Payments would continue but could be delayed, and the administration would continue taking payment applications.
- Medicare and Medicaid services would continue.

-No additional federal funds would be available for WIC payments. Officials say state funds may be available for recipients to supplement the program that assists needy families, pregnant women, infants and children with money for food.

- Vets would continue to receive benefits, but could experience delays.
- If the shutdown continues beyond October, Veterans Benefit Administrators say more than 3.6 million vets would not receive pension checks.

U.S. Postal Service:
- Mail would continue.

Source: http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/contingency-plans

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