Section 188-F:16-b

    188-F:16-b Academic Credit and Course Registration for Veterans and Active Duty Services Members. –
I. A veteran who enrolls as a student at an institution within the community college system shall be granted academic credit for the completion of courses that were part of such veteran's military training or service if the such courses meet the standards of the American Council on Education, or its equivalent, for the awarding of academic credits and are applicable to the veteran's program of study. No fee, tuition, or other charge shall be assessed against a veteran who qualifies for such credit pursuant to this section. Nothing in this paragraph shall be construed to alter established curriculum, program, or degree requirements. For the purposes of this section, "veteran" means veteran as defined in 38 U.S.C. section 101(2).
II. (a) Institutions within the community college system that offer an early course registration period shall also offer early course registration to students who are veterans or national guard members.
(b) A student who is called to active duty in the armed forces of the United States, after having completed 85 percent of the term's work, shall be given a reasonable opportunity to attain full credit for each course in which he or she has attained a grade of C or better prior to being called to active duty. A reasonable opportunity may include the opportunity to accelerate completion of course work prior to reporting for active duty or complete coursework within a reasonable time after return from active duty.
(c) Students called to active duty in the armed forces of the United States shall have their tuition refunded or credited, whichever is deemed appropriate by the institution based on how the term was paid for, without credits awarded.
(d) A veteran shall be permitted to file an admission application up to the end of the regular course registration period, and shall be permitted to begin classes pending completion of their application and provision of supporting documents. Nothing in this subparagraph shall be construed to alter established admissions, course prerequisites, curriculum, programs or degree requirements.
(e) Within 12 months of return from active duty, a veteran may register for courses after normal registration period ends without late fees or other penalties. This subparagraph shall not be construed to require extension of registration period beyond the normal add/drop deadline.
III. The board of trustees shall establish policies necessary to implement this section.

Source. 2020, 34:11, eff. Sept. 26, 2020.