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
How does a campus or institution qualify as a Veterans Supportive Campus?
- Conduct a campus survey of student veterans to identify the needs, issues, and suggestions of veterans.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Have peer mentoring and peer support programs for student veterans....