Education

Mission Statement

The primary responsibility and focus of the State Approving Agency (SAA) is that it continues to review, evaluate, approve and oversee schools and training facilities to ensure quality programs of education and training under State and Federal criteria.

In-State Tuition

A.R.S. 15-1802-In-State Tuition for Honorably Discharged Veterans

Beginning in the fall semester of 2011, a person who is honorably discharged from the armed forces of the United States shall be granted immediate classification as an in-state student on honorable discharge from the armed forces and, while in continuous attendance toward the degree for which currently enrolled, does not lose in-state student classification if the person has met the following requirements:

  1. Registered to vote in this state.
  2. Demonstrated objective evidence of intent to be a resident of Arizona which, for the purposes of this section, includes at least one of the following:
    1. An Arizona driver's license.
    2. Arizona motor vehicle registration.
    3. Employment history in Arizona.
    4. Transfer of major banking services to Arizona.
    5. Change of permanent address on all pertinent records.
    6. Other materials of whatever kind or source relevant to domicile or residency status.

State Approving Agency - SAA

The concept of the State Approving Agency (SAA) originated with the Veteran’s Readjustment Act of 1944, or the GI Bill of Rights, 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 providing...

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Campus or Institution Qualification Process

How does a campus or institution qualify as a Veterans Supportive Campus?

  1. Conduct a campus survey of student veterans to identify the needs, issues, and suggestions of veterans.
  2. Establish a campus steering committee consisting of student veterans, faculty, and staff to share information and to develop programs to establish or strengthen a Veteran Supportive Campus based on best practices, which also integrates campus culture and identifies the real needs of the student veteran. 
  3. Conduct sensitivity and awareness training on military and veterans’ culture, including related issues such as traumatic brain injury, post traumatic stress disorder, physical and mental disabilities, suicide, and hyper-vigilance for faculty and staff.
  4. Establish student veteran orientation programs, including student veteran guides for the first day on campus, an optional student veteran orientation session, and at least one optional-only course - taught by a veteran or by a trained volunteer - on veteran issues.
  5. Have peer mentoring and peer support programs for student veterans....
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