Approval of Veterans' Programs
As the State Approving Agency (SAA), the Washington Student Achievement Council (WSAC) approves and oversees schools and training facilities for veterans using their G.I. Bill® funds. The role of an SAA is to:
- Advocate for quality and diverse education and training opportunities for veterans.
- Ensure state and federal quality criteria are met.
- Help the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs’ (VA) prevent fraud, waste, and abuse in the administration of the G.I. Bill®.
The SAA evaluates and approves programs for use of veterans’ education and training benefits at:
- Public and private baccalaureate degree-granting institutions
- Flight schools
- Apprenticeship sites
- On-the-job training (OJT) sites
As SAA, WSAC also:
- Conducts on-site compliance visits.
- Assists with applications for approval.
- Informs veterans, military base personnel, employers, and labor groups about training and education opportunities.
- Serves as a liaison between Washington veterans and the VA.
WSAC's SAA works with state and national partners to:
- Promote and safeguard quality education and training programs for veterans.
- Meet the changing needs of veterans through greater educational training opportunities.
- Help the VA prevent fraud, waste, and abuse in the administration of the GI Bill®.
WSAC's SAA is funded under contract from the VA.
The Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board approves programs at private trade schools and career colleges.
Note: GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.