Bill: Veterans could get priority registration

Military veterans would be given priority over other students when registering for classes at all University of Wisconsin campuses as well as the state’s technical colleges under a bill making its way through the Legislature.

An Assembly committee voted unanimously Wednesday to send the measure to the full Legislature.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports that the goal is to improve veterans’ chances of graduating before federal G.I. Bill benefits expire.

The federal program extends benefits to students enrolled in classes for 36 months. The state allows veterans to keep collecting benefits for 128 credit hours or eight semesters, whichever is longer.

Different campuses in the state offer priority registration to student groups including student-athletes and disabled students. UW-Oshkosh already includes veterans in its early-registration program.