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MSU Denver introduces priority registration for veterans

The three-hour head start is designed to improve retention and graduation rates among the University's veteran and military student population.

March 9, 2015

A new policy provides students who receive veteran benefits a three-hour head start to register for classes each semester in an effort to improve retention and graduation rates among the University’s veteran and active military student population.

“The University has concentrated on efforts to identify ways we can better improve service delivery to support the retention and graduation rates of students,” said MSU Denver President Stephen Jordan. “We want our veteran students to be challenged in the classroom, not by administrative barriers that could impact their tuition assistance or time needed to graduate.”

As of March 2, students using Veterans Administration (VA) benefits or military tuition assistance are offered a three-hour window ahead of the general population for early registration. The policy accommodates varying VA benefit processing times and helps students successfully access degree bearing courses that meet tuition assistance and VA requirements.

“Veteran students have a limited amount of time to be in school and still receive GI Bill benefits without going into debt,” said Brittany Bartges, immediate past president of MSU Denver’s veteran student group. “This will give students the ability to better plan their degree track and not have the added stress of worrying about their benefits running out before they complete their degree.”

Under MSU Denver’s new policy, both veterans and dependents using VA benefits or military tuition assistance are automatically eligible for early registration. While a number of states require public institutions to offer this benefit to veteran students, MSU Denver is joining a growing list of universities opting to offer this benefit voluntarily.

As of fall census 2014, MSU Denver had nearly 980 students enrolled who served in the armed forces. To be eligible for priority registration, students must have used VA benefits or military tuition assistance in the prior semester and have no bursar account holds. Priority registration for the fall 2015 semester begins March 30 at 8 a.m.

As part of MSU Denver’s commitment to veterans and active military students, the University continuously looks for opportunities to improve service delivery through enhanced support services and policy. As reported early this month in The Daily, MSU Denver established a new Military Transfer Credit policy that offers academic credit based on specific military learning or training.

Military Times named MSU Denver to its annual “Best for Vests: Colleges 2015” ranking as the top four-year institution in Colorado and 32nd in the nation. Military Advanced Education included MSU Denver in its “Guide to Military-Friendly Colleges and Universities 2015.” In addition, G.I. Jobs and U.S. Veterans Magazine listed MSU Denver in their 2014 guide of top military friendly schools.