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Military - Active & Veterans

Military - Active & Veterans

The South Carolina Commission on Higher Education Veteran’s Education division is designated as the State Approving Agency (SAA) responsible for approving and supervising Veteran’s Education programs in South Carolina. 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 and 1607) 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.

Coordinators 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:

    • Public/Private degree-granting institutions (Colleges and Universities) (IHL)
    • Professional/Vocational certificate or diploma granting institutions (Non-College Degree) (NCD)
    • 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 by conducting 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.