NEW JERSEY – Legislation that will help service members and veterans continue their education and attend college classes, sponsored by Senate Republican Leader Tom Kean, was signed into law this week.
“New Jersey is becoming more accommodating to the brave men and women who are willing to put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms,” Kean (R-21) said. “It is challenging enough to work and attend classes, but for those in the military, juggling schedules and managing deadlines is even more cumbersome. The new law will ease some of the burden of earning college credits for members of the military by offering them the flexibility when registering for classes or when military obligations conflict with course schedules.”
Under the new law (S-278), public colleges and universities in New Jersey would be required to refund course tuition and fees to military members who are unable to complete a course due to deployment, reassignment or other military obligation.
The law also directs colleges to waive late fees and permit the registration of a student who is a veteran or a service member upon return from assignment.
“Expanding enrollment options and supporting our veterans is our way of thanking members of our armed forces who have left the safety of their homes to serve our nation,” Kean said. “We appreciate them for heroically answering the call to defend our country.”
In addition, the law includes considerations for service members who are unable to complete the course due to military obligations.
Kean, who serves on the Senate Higher Education Committee, has been a dedicated advocate for veterans throughout his time in the legislature. This bill is part of a comprehensive legislation package aimed at making college attendance more accommodating and affordable for military members and their families.