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SF State gives priority registration to veterans

New legislation ensures that veterans will get first choice when selecting classes

SAN FRANCISCO, October 25, 2007 -- In response to new legislation signed by Governor Schwarzeneggar on October 9, San Francisco State University will offer priority course registration to veterans.

Effective January 1, 2008, the legislation (SB 272) requires all CSU campuses and community college districts to establish a priority registration policy for veterans of the armed forces, whose service in the military may have disrupted their education.

At SF State, veterans will be able to sign up for classes on the second day of registration. Only students with disabilities will continue to have higher priority. For other students, the registration process will remain the same, with registration times assigned to students based upon the number of units completed. Priority registration for veterans begins in April for the summer 2008 term.

To be eligible for priority status, students must be active members of the military or have left active duty within the past two years. Priority registration is not available to veterans' dependents.

According to Jo Volkert, associate vice president for enrollment management and a member of the University's Veterans Support Team, 119 veterans currently attend SF State using federal Veterans Administration educational benefits. "San Francisco State is committed to supporting active duty members of the military and veterans in fulfilling their educational aspirations," she said. "This new law provides another benefit that will help these students attend college, graduate and go on to become productive members of the California work force."


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