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Montana University System grants two week extension to student firefighters

August 18, 2011 -- MSU News Service

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The Office of the Commissioner of Higher Education announced that the Montana University System will grant a two week grace period for those students who are fighting forest fires throughout Montana. Student firefighters will now have an additional two weeks past the start of the fall semester to finalize their registration, financial aid, housing and other deadlines. The extension applies to students directly involved in firefighting as well as those providing support services for fire crews.

"The Montana University System is committed to supporting the firefighting efforts in the state of Montana as well as honoring the efforts and contributions of our students fighting the fires and we believe this is a way in which we can accomplish that," said Commissioner Sheila Stearns.

The students will still be required to complete the academic coursework upon their return.

Student firefighters need to call their campus by August 22, 2011 to receive the extension for courses they have pre-registered for. It is also the students' responsibility to contact their professors to find out what assignments they have missed. Students attending MSU-Bozeman can call the Dean of Student's Office at 406-994-2826, deanofstudents@montana.edu.

Contact: MSU Dean of Students, 406-994-2826, deanofstudents@montana.edu