Bills Granting Priority College Course Registration to Military Service Members and Veterans, Academic Credit to Certain Veterans Clears Assembly Committee

Making the path to higher education easier for New Jersey service members and veterans, two bills sponsored by Assembly Democrats assisting with college course registration and earning credit for their skills were advanced by the Assembly Military and Veterans Affairs Committee Monday.

The first bill (A-790), known as the “Combat to College Act,” and sponsored by legislator Gabriela Mosquera provides military service members and veterans living in New Jersey and attending a public institution of higher education with priority status when registering for courses. The priority registration benefit would apply to current military service members serving on active duty and to veterans honorably discharged or released under honorable circumstances. This registration procedure would occur using the same methods as those used by other segments of the student population, if any, for priority registration purposes at the institution.

The second bill (A-791), sponsored by legislator Gabriela Mosquera requires public institutions of higher education to adopt policies that award academic credit to honorably discharged veterans who served on active duty in the Armed Forces of the United States, or a Reserve component thereof, and the National Guard. The policy must grant a veteran accepted to the institution a minimum of six credits upon enrollment.

“This bill will help ensure that our veterans do not face unnecessary roadblocks when mapping out their college credits and monitoring their progress,” said Mosquera (D-Camden and Gloucester). “Upon enrollment, they will already know where they stand in terms of credits.”

The bills were introduced on January 9 and now await further consideration from the Assembly.