The primary responsibility and focus of the State Approving Agency (SAA) is to promote and safeguard quality education and training programs for all veterans and other eligible persons as well as to ensure greater education and training opportunities that meet the changing needs of veterans and to protect the GI Bill® resources available for those program.
On April 6, 2015, the Governor of Arizona signed House Bill 2091, amending A.R.S. 15-1802 to comply with the “Choice Act” Section 702. Eligible veterans and dependents can be granted immediate residency, thereby receiving in-state tuition rates, by:
- Residing in the state
- Completing at least one of the following:
- Registering to vote in Arizona
- Getting an Arizona driver license
- Arizona motor vehicle registration
- Employment history in Arizona
- Transfer of major banking services to Arizona
- Change of permanent address on all pertinent records
- Other materials of whatever kind or source relevant to domicile or residency status
Eligible individuals must be a veteran, or a spouse or dependent of a veteran, that has been discharged within the last 36 months from a period of active duty that was 90 days or longer AND using either VA Chapter 30 or Chapter 33 benefits.
The concept of the State Approving Agency (SAA) originated with the Veteran’s Readjustment Act of 1944, or the GI Bill of Rights (GI Bill®), that was signed into law in by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. This legislation has been recognized as one of the most important acts of Congress.
Congress also recognized that it was the responsibility of the State to determine the education of its citizens. It was decided that each state would establish a “State Approving Agency” and that the governor of each state would designate a state bureau or department as the SAA for the state. The SAA would be supported through funding, under contract, from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This evolved as a truly cooperative federal-state effort that maintains states’ rights while monitoring and protecting a federally sponsored program administered under the terms and conditions of federal laws.
Initially, the SAA’s role was to provide information on state approved programs to the VA. By the late 1940s and early 1950s, the SAAs were operating under specifically mandated federal standards, the Code of Federal Regulations, and...READ MORE
What is a Veteran Supportive Campus (VSC)?
A VSC is a post-secondary institution that is already in compliance with the State Approving Agency (SAA) and the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), and certified as eligible to receive GI Bill Education Benefits. In addition to being in compliance with the SAA and VA, a VSC will need to meet the required areas of focus criteria listed in the Arizona Veteran Supportive Campus Statute, and apply to become a certified VSC through the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services (ADVS).
The purpose of becoming a certified VSC is to better understand the needs of military students and become continually responsive to those needs. A VSC will need to stay current on community resources applicable to the various needs of their military students and their families, as well as complete military sensitivity and awareness trainings offered by the Arizona Coalition for Military Families (ACMF) for both staff and students.