State Approving Agency

The Florida Department of Veterans’ Affairs (FDVA) State Approving Agency (SAA) was originally established nationwide in 1944 under the G.I. Bill of Rights. Although the responsibilities of the SAA have changed over the years, it still continues to be the link between the Veteran, the School and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The SAA’s role: To review, audit, evaluate, approve and oversee schools and training facilities to ensure that the quality standards of the programs of education and training under the established State and Federal criteria are met.

The State Approving Agency has the function of ensuring that institutions and establishments meet and maintain acceptable approval standards so that eligible persons who attend may receive educational   assistance from the VA. This includes public and private schools, establishments offering on-the-job training, and associated certification and licensing.

Veterans may make application for their VA education benefits through the VA website ( Choose the Education and Training link to find resources including eligibility requirements for VA education programs and how to apply for benefits. The site also offers school decision­ making tools.

For a list of schools that participate in VA Education Benefits in the U.S., go to: USDVA’s WEAMS Institution Search site

FDVA SAA Search Engine sites:
For On-The-Job training please visit: OJT Training Institutions
For Veteran Approved Schools visit: Schools and Educational Institutions
For Certification and li censing visit: licensing and Certification
FDVA SAA Contacts: FDVA SAA Contact Page

SAA Approval Applications – Complete form and send to SAA:
Requirements for Institutions of Higher Learning New School Approval
Requirements for New Non Accredited School Approval
Requirements for New Non College Degree School Approval
Catalog Submission and Modification Form
Reimbursement of licensing or Certification Tests – VA form 22-0803



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