Chapter Four:  Student Services

Procedure Title: Veteran Priority of Service
Based On: Board Policies 1 and 2
Procedure Number: 4.12
Date Adopted/Revised: September 29, 2015; November 30, 2015; July 21, 2016

This policy establishes guidelines for meeting priority of service for student veterans and eligible spouses. South Arkansas Community College employees who select students for a qualifying program or who manage waitlists are responsible for maintaining compliance with this policy. Further, employees admitting students into qualifying programs or managing a wait list will work with the college's VA Certifying Official to verify the applicants' eligibility and provide priority of service to qualifying applicants. Affected persons self-identify and request priority of service.
  1. Persons Affected

    1. A student who is a veteran

    2. The spouse of a veteran who meets any of the following criteria:

      1. Spouse of a living veteran who

        1. at the time of application for priority of service is listed in one or more of the following categories for a total of 90 days:

          1. missing in action
          2. captured in the line of duty by a hostile force
          3. forcibly detained or interned in the line of duty by foreign government or power

        2. has total disability resulting from a service-connected disability as evaluated by the Department of Veterans Affairs

      2. Spouse of a deceased veteran who

        1. died of a service-connected disability
        2. died with a service-connected disability as qualified by Veterans Affairs

  2. The policy of South Arkansas Community College is to ensure the following: The College

    1. Provides priority of service for eligible veterans and their spouses.

    2. Abides by federal and state grant requirements regarding veteran priority of service. This policy includes all programs fully or partially funded by federal or state grants requiring veteran priority of service.

    3. Abides by all federal, state, and local laws regarding veteran priority of service.

  3. Definitions

    1. Veteran. Someone who has served at least one day in active military, naval, or air services, and who was honorably discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable.

    2. Priority of Service. Persons affected are entitled to precedence over non-affected persons in qualifying programs. The college may provide them access to a service or training earlier if access is limited, instead of or before non-affected persons. In the case of a waitlist, priority of service is intended to require an affected person to advance up the waitlist ahead of non-affected persons.

      1. Persons affected must still meet the program eligibility requirements. When "lowincome" is a program qualification, the college must disregard any active duty military pay, allowances, or disability or survivor benefits when determining income levels.

      2. Priority of service is not used to bump a non-affected person who has already been approved for funding and enrolled into a program.

      3. The college may set priority of service application deadlines consistent with acceptance and enrollment deadlines that all students must follow.

    3. Qualifying Program. Any workforce preparation, development, or delivery program or service directly funded, in whole or in part, by the U.S. Department of Labor.