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HACC Puts Veterans First With Priority Registration

06 May

By Ashley Geise


Student registering for classes.

Student registering for classes.


A new act went into effect on Monday, March 30 at Harrisburg Area Community College providing current military and veteran students with priority registration for courses starting in the summer and fall semesters of 2015. Act 46 which was signed into effect on May 14, 2014 by Governor Tom Corbett requires Pennsylvania Public Institutions to provide course scheduling preference for veteran students.

“The new act gives a great opportunities for veterans to advance in the academic world,” say Veterans Affairs representative Jessica Shingara, “as a veteran student myself I find it very helpful in having earlier registration to get the courses I need.”

With the percentage of veterans transitioning from the military into college life increasing each year, the act will provide a first choice in courses to support veterans in earning a college education.

Course scheduling for veteran students attending HACC will begin 1 week earlier than priority registration for returning/ continuing students which opens April 8. Veteran students must provide documentation to the Veterans Affairs Office at least 1 week prior to veteran priority scheduling.

In addition, new veteran students must complete New Student Orientation and meet with an academic advisor prior to course scheduling which is required of all new students. Orientation can be completed in several ways either face-to-face, on campus or online through HACC’s orientation system. Current veteran students must meet the same academic standards as other students to have priority registration in competitive programs.

“The new act gives a great opportunities for veterans to advance in the academic world,” say Veterans Affairs representative Jessica Shingara, “as a veteran student myself I find it very helpful in having earlier registration to get the courses I need.”

HACC provides many opportunities to advance and get an Associates degree or even transfer to another college in pursuit of a higher degree. “A chance at earlier registration lets me get the classes I need and not get locked out of an opportunity,” says current veteran student Jared Ruff.

“I am happy to see our veterans able to get a helping hand on continuing their education after the military,” Campus Dean Peter Law. Registration each semester for current military and veteran students will always be 1 week before returning/ current student are allowed to register for classes.

Under Act 46 the determined classifications of a veteran are the following: a person that has served in the Armed Forces, including a reserve component and National Guard; and was discharged or released under circumstances other than dishonorable. Current members of the National Guard, Reserves and Active Duty are also included in this classification of eligibility.

It is not mandatory for a veteran to be using Veterans Administration or Department of Defense benefits to be eligible. There are requirements that institutions must follow with Act 46 including having the policy communicated in the following locations: their website, in the student handbook, in any course registration material, as well as within offices such as Veterans Affairs, Admissions, Financial Aid and Counseling.

A public institution of higher education must establish and implement a policy that provides course scheduling preference to veteran students no later than Nov. 10, 2014. Benefits for veteran students must be in effect no later than the registration period immediately following the policies operative date.

The new policy will give veterans a helping hand in getting back on their feet after military life.

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