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State Approving Agency / Veterans Education and Training


Veterans Affairs LogoVeterans Education and Training at the CHE is designated as South Carolina’s State Approving Agency (SAA) responsible for approving and supervising Veteran’s Education programs at in-state postsecondary institutions and career training centers offering education and training to veterans and their eligible dependents under the Veterans Education Assistance Program.

The SAA is a part of the National Association of State Approving Agencies (NASAA) which is comprised of state agencies that have responsibility for the approval and training available through the GI Bill®. The SAA acts on behalf of the federal government to evaluate educational/vocational institutions and training establishments. The SAA approves programs where veterans and those eligible for VA education benefits (under Title 38, US Code, Chapters 30, 32, 33, 35, 36, and Title 10 US Code, Chapter 1606) can achieve quality training in either an educational, professional, or vocational objective. The focus of the SAA is the review, evaluation, and approval of quality programs under both the state and federal criteria.

NASAACoordinators are assigned to various areas throughout the state and are responsible for a variety of duties. The area coordinators visit institutions and training establishments seeking initial approval to evaluate the appropriateness of the programs being offered and to ensure that these programs meet the standards of state and federal guidelines. Area coordinators also evaluate curricula, training outlines, student training records, physical facilities, and equipment used in training programs. The coordinators, in evaluating institutions and programs, meet with faculty/trainers, administrators, and agency directors seeking a willingness to establish training approval for GI Bill® recipients. Approval may be granted for the following:

  • On-Job-Training (OJT) establishments (6 to 24 months training programs)
  • Apprenticeship (APP) establishments (more than 24 months and annual related training)
  • Flight Training Schools (for pilot licenses and aviation employment)

Upon approval, the SAA provides continuous oversight through annual on-site supervisory visits. Technical assistance visits are conducted when deemed necessary by the SAA or at the request of the certifying official. The SAA also conducts outreach activities to foster usage of the GI Bill®.

Uniform Application Form for Institutions of Higher Learning (Required for a New Program or New Facility)

Note: Please contact SAA staff prior to completing any Uniform Application Forms

Uniform Application Form for Organizations Other than Higher Education (Required for a New Program or New Facility)

Note: Please contact SAA staff prior to completing any Uniform Application Forms

** Forms Required for Approval of New Program or New Facility (In addition to Forms Listed Below)

Approved Accredited Educational Institution-Request for Approval Forms.

Approved Non-Accredited Educational Institution - Request for Approval Forms

Approval Forms for the On-the-Job Training-Request for New Approval

High School - Request for Approval

New Flight School - Request for Approval

Registered Apprenticeship - Request for New Approval

Non-Registered Apprenticeship - Request for New Approval.

Approved Registered Apprenticeship - Request for Approval

Approved Non-Registered Apprenticeship-Request for Approval Forms

Accredited Degree Granting Institution

Non-Accredited and Non-College Degree Institutions.

Preparatory Courses for License and Certifications - Request for Approval.

Veteran's Education Resources for Institutions                                                                        

GI Bill® Approval Forms for Institutions of Higher Learning
GI Bill® Forms for Non-College Degree Institutions
Licensing and Certification
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South Carolina Commission on Higher Education

1122 Lady St. Suite 400

Columbia, SC 29201