Who would feel the pinch
► Social Security — Benefit checks are expected to keep arriving for the state’s 185,788 recipients, but applications for new benefits would be delayed.
► College loans — Last school year, 42,000 students received work-study awards; 24,000 received Perkins funds. That money would be out of reach.
► National parks — Eighteen National Park Service sites would close, including Faneuil Hall, Salt Pond Visitor Center on Cape Cod, and Minute Man National Historical Park.
► Armed forces — More than 3,000 active duty personnel, 15,000 Reserve and National Guard members, and roughly 7,000 civilians would be affected; some sent home without pay, others working for delayed pay.
► Federal employees, contractors — More than 1,000 businesses and their employees could be affected, delaying contract awards and resulting in possible furloughing of employees.
► Veterans benefits — The processing of new benefits for the 394,000 Massachusetts veterans could be delayed.