Crete, Neb.-- Rae Gordon is a senior at Doane College in Crete, Neb., with aspirations of becoming a physical therapist.
She's also a member of the National Guard, has 18 credit credits, is on the school's track and field team and has a campus job.
Gordon's schedule is packed.
But, due to the government shutdown, she and thousands of other students in the military may not get the money they've earned to finish school.
"If it doesn't get resolved," Gordon, the daughter of a military man, said, "I need to find something else, cause I need to be able to pay off my tuition, eat and pay rent.
"How am I going to come up with this semester's money," Gordon asked, "and also money for next semester?"
If she can't get her tuition assistance, it may mean trying to find another job.
But, losing one weekend to military drills every month, on top of everything else on her plate, makes the possibility of looking for another job daunting.
"Trying to fit a job in there somewhere is really hard," Gordon said.
According to the U.S. Department for Veteran Affairs, in a guide updated Oct. 7, "claims processing and payments in the compensation, pension, education and vocational rehabilitation programs are anticipated to continue through late October."
At this point, Gordon said she's going to wait a couple of weeks before she seriously looks for a new job, because that's around the time she'll need to sign up for next semester's courses.
And Gordon said those class sign-ups have her worried.
Typically, it can be challenging for a student to sign up for next semester's courses without paying down the current semester.
Gordon said the campus has been very helpful in figuring out a solution while the government is shut down, but the answer to her and others' problems is still unclear.
"[The government] just needs to get their act together," Gordon said, "because I'm dying here.
"We, the little people, are the ones getting affected by it."