ACE and the associations listed below submitted these comments to the Senate Committee on Veterans’ Affairs on the Veterans Education Priority Enrollment Act of 2017 (S.764).
S. 764 requires that if an institution has a priority course enrollment system, the institution must allow veterans to enroll in classes at “the earliest possible time” permitted under that system. Failure to provide priority enrollment for veterans and others using VA education benefits would result in the institution losing its eligibility to participate in the Post-9/11 GI Bill.
While the associations support the intent of the legislation, which is to help veterans complete their degrees in a timely manner while using their Post-9/11 benefits, these comments outline a number of concerns with the bill. The groups recommend reframing it to encourage institutions to consider implementing priority policies rather than mandating them and allow institutions the flexibility to find solutions that work best for their campuses.
Along with ACE, associations signing the comments include:
- American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers
- American Association of Community Colleges
- American Association of State Colleges and Universities
- Association of American Universities
- Association of Public and Land-grant Universities
- Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
- National Association of College and University Business Officers
- National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities