Priority Registration for Combat Veterans

As part of Rhode Island’s continuing efforts to recognize members of our Armed Forces, and pursuant to §30-30.2-3(2) of the R.I. General Laws, the Council on Postsecondary Education has established a policy that supports veterans and service members with Priority Registration for Combat Veterans attending the public higher education institutions (URI, RIC, CCRI).

Combat veterans attending the University of Rhode Island wishing to obtain priority registration must follow these steps for consideration:

Veteran students seeking priority registration must submit the following:

  • DD 214 (Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty) which annotates service in a combat theater of operation including notation of medals awarded for service.
  • Service members currently on active duty who do not have a DD214 must present award citation and copy of deployment orders that demonstrated service in a combat theater of operation.
  • Please send all documents to URI’s VA Certifying Official at Please use the subject line: Priority Registration for Service in Combat and add all supporting documentation.  We will look over all of the documentation provided and send you an email updating the progress. 

Documentation must be submitted no later than fifteen business days prior to the first day of priority registration for the first term in which priority registration is sought (generally October for Spring registration and March for Fall registration). 

Note: Once Combat Veteran Status has been established for early registration it will carry over to future terms.


Commonly Asked Questions: 

When can I register once I have been established for priority registration due to combat status?

The URI academic calendar will have those registration dates updated per semester. You can find the academic calendar HERE

Example for 2020-2021: Registration for Combat Veterans and Disability Services Starts March 17th 2020 for Fall 2020 semester