Assemblywoman Mosquera Bill Requiring Academic Credit For Applicable Military Service Heads to Governor

Making the path to higher education easier for former military members in New Jersey, a bill sponsored by Assembly Gabriela Mosquera would help veterans earn college credit for the skills and information acquired through their service. The legislation unanimously passed both the full Assembly and Senate on Monday.

The bill (A-791) would require independent and public institutions of higher education to adopt policies that award academic credit to honorably discharged veterans for the lessons they learned through their military service.

“Military members are able to gain a lot of valuable information and abilities through the training they receive as a new recruit and through the positions they hold throughout their service,” said Mosquera (D-Camden and Gloucester). “It just makes sense to ensure that their hard-earned experience carries over to the academic environment.”

The bill stipulates that educational institutions must consider the recommendation of the American Council on Education before determining what credits should be awarded for relevant military training and experience that align with appropriate courses in the veteran’s chosen degree program.

Credits awarded to admitted veterans for their applicable military experience could be used for either undergraduate or graduate programs.

The legislation will now go to the Governor.