The 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 (www.benefits.va.gov). 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
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