College-Bound Vets to Receive Priority and Greater Flexibility, as Gov. Brown Signs Sen. Lieu’s Bill

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Veterans returning to college will find it easier to attend college under a bill signed Friday by Gov. Brown.

“Giving our veterans every reasonable chance to make a good-faith effort to complete college is in the best interests of veterans, their families and our country,” said Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, a member of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, sponsor of Senate Bill 813. “This is the least we can do.”

Lieu, the only veteran on the nine-member committee, said SB 813 extends priority registration for veterans in college. It updates SB 272 of 2007, which provided veterans two years of priority registration after discharge. It has been shown since then that greater flexibility was needed, added Lieu, who remains in the Air Force Reserves.

For example, veterans rarely start school the day after separation from the service. Veterans often return home mid-term, find a place to live, look for employment, apply for admission to college, and enroll once the process of reintegration is done. Therefore a veteran may have lost almost all of the two years of priority enrollment.

“This bill helps make sure our veterans are able to complete school before their GI Bill benefits run out,” said Sen. Lou Correa, D-Santa Ana, chairman of the Veterans Committee. “We need to do everything we can to reintegrate our returning veterans.”

For more, including a link to actual bill language, visit Lieu’s website.

Ted W. Lieu represents nearly 1 million residents of Senate District 28, which includes the cities of Carson, El Segundo, Hermosa Beach, Manhattan Beach, Redondo Beach and Torrance, as well as portions of Los Angeles and Long Beach. For more, visit


One Response to “College-Bound Vets to Receive Priority and Greater Flexibility, as Gov. Brown Signs Sen. Lieu’s Bill”
  1. Patrick DoubleU says:

    I know not being able to get the classes I needed in order to pursue my ‘educational plan’ (required for GI Bill) had prevented me from ever getting back into school after being recalled for deployment shortly after getting into school after leaving active duty. To this day I still have not been able to get into college, and have had to leave the state of CA, due to many reasons (increasing taxes, lack of jobs, jobs that were all but started being cancelled due to hiring freezes/budget cuts, in addition to the not being able to get back into college and pursue a nursing degree FT) which in the end has only resulted in causing PTSD symptoms to worsen and go from very mild, to very severe, complete with substance abuse and all.

    It seemed like all the schools wanted me to do was to attend full time (in order to receive any sort of priority registration, which apparently single mothers in the state get… go figure irresponsibility pays) without taking ANY classes which I needed, just so they could bring in some extra $$$, all while wasting my time. On top of it all they also denied me financial aid (which I had and qualified for before deployment… and according to my FAFSA I fully qualified for even MORE after I returned… yet the financial aid lady at the office just couldn’t believe I had only $4 AGI, even when I showed a copy of my 1040) which just made it all the more harder to get back in. Never had I had such obstacles to get into school than I had when I got back from Iraq, it almost seemed as if they were trying to prevent me from going to school. No wonder the for-profit schools are really cashing in…