McEntire legislation to allow early registration for military students and their dependents signed into law

Legislation that will require higher education institutions to provide early course registration for eligible military members and dependents was signed into law by the governor on Thursday.

House Bill 2004, was introduced by Rep. Joel McEntire during the 2024 legislative session.

McEntire, who has served in the military for 13 years, said speaking from experience, this is an important issue for the men and women of the military.

“I have seen firsthand how this has helped members of our military. This is a great piece of legislation at a time when our service members are continually being called for military training or service given the amount of unrest we are seeing across the globe,” said McEntire, R-Cathlamet. “It is unpredictable when they may be called away. Providing them some flexibility as they work to further their education is the least we can do as they serve and protect their country.”

The policy was previously in state law but expired in 2022. House Bill 2004 will make it permanent.

The new law will allow early course registration for students who are eligible veterans, National Guard members, active duty military members, and their spouses, domestic partners, and dependents.

At Washington State University alone, approximately 1,600 students would qualify for early registration under the new law.

“There was a lot of positive feedback on the inclusion of dependents. The students were very appreciative that was added to the new policy,” said McEntire.

“We also made sure the policy supports disabled veterans and allows them to register early and have extra time to request accommodations,” said McEntire.

The bill takes effect on June 6, 90 days after the Legislature adjourned.


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