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MSU to offer priority registration for veterans

February 26, 2014 -- MSU News Service

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Montana State University will officially begin in March to offer priority registration for veterans.

“This is one way for the university to help the transition from military life to civilian life to be smoother for our veterans,” said Brenda York, director of MSU Disability, Re-entry and Veteran Services.

The change is intended to help veterans secure the classes they need, which is especially important because veterans have a limited amount of veterans’ benefits available, York said. York added that priority registration will also provide more time to process GI Bill funds for housing and books.

For years, staff in the MSU Disability, Re-entry and Veteran Services Office have manually helped register veteran students for classes before and during early registration periods, according to Bonnie Ashley, MSU registrar. Ashley said the method has been effective, but as the population of veteran students at MSU continues to grow, the Registrar’s Office and Disability, Re-entry and Veteran Services Office have been exploring priority registration as an alternative. She added that she expects the veteran students will also benefit from being able to complete priority registration online.

York noted that in addition to priority registration providing efficiencies, priority registration is one more way for MSU to honor and thank veterans for their service.

“This is just one of many services MSU offers for veterans,” York said. As recognition of its efforts, last fall, the university earned a spot on U.S. News and World Report’s inaugural list of the best colleges for veterans.

For more information on priority registration, veteran students may call the Registrar’s Office at 994-6650. 

Contact: Brenda York, (406) 994-2824 or byork@montana.edu

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