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UCR Will Ease Way for Students Called to Military Service


UCR Will Ease Way for Students Called to Military Service

(October 24, 2001)

University of California, Riverside students called to active military duty will receive refunds of their student fees, a delay in student loan payments and a streamlined path to return to classes after duty is over.

“We want to make it as easy as possible for reservists to leave for active duty and then return to complete their educations when their job is done,” said Jim Sandoval, vice-chancellor of student affairs. “We are trying to do our part to support our troops during this critical period.”

Students who withdraw from classes because they have been affected by the mobilization of troops following the terrorist attacks will not be required to return financial aid funds already received for books and living expenses, Sandoval said. “We also will find a way to waive any fees for readmission when they return.”

Estimates from the American Council on Education indicate that 25 percent of those called to active duty will be college and university students. So far, UCR has received confirmation of one reservist called to duty, said Elizabeth Bennett, interim registrar. More are likely as the war effort continues.

Students in the armed services who know they may be called, with little warning, for active duty should consider authorizing a family member or friend to act as a surrogate. That person can then receive refunds, access student records or request actions, such as withdrawal from classes.

“Even if there is no time to designate a representative, we will do everything we can to work long-distance, or after the student’s return, to ease the way for this break from academic life,” Bennett said.

Any students with questions regarding the release authorization or how being moved to active duty will affect their enrollment status should contact the Registrars Office at (909) 787-3400.

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