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Higher Education in Maryland

 MARYLAND INSTITUTIONAL APPROVAL INFORMATION 
FOR VETERANS EDUCATION BENEFITS

Are you seeking initial SAA school approval?

Are you seeking SAA program approval?

Are you notifying SAA of changes to programs, or updates of catalogs, etc.?

Are you seeking SAA approval for licensing or certification?

Are you seeking additional resources for Certifying Officials?

Starting the Initial Approval Process:

The Maryland Higher Education Commission State Approving Agency (SAA) is responsible for granting the necessary approvals needed for the Department of Veterans Affairs to pay veterans and other eligible persons their G. I. Bill education benefits.  The SAA is the approving authority for schools located in the State of Maryland. 

To start the approval process a school or training institution official may send a letter on the school's letterhead requesting approval to certify veterans and other eligible persons to receive G. I. Bill education benefits while enrolled in their programs.  The letter of application constitutes an official request from the school.  Please submit your letter along with the application packet to:

Maryland Higher Education Commission
State Approving Agency for Veterans Education Benefits
6 N. Liberty Street, 10th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201
General Inquiries:   VAeducationbenefits@mhec.state.md.us

New Institution Approval Application Checklist & Packet (IHL's & Private Career Schools/NCD) (PDF)  or (MSDOC)

Accredited Public & Private High Schools - (Please contact the SAA Director for specific details) - (PDF) OR (MSDOC)

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NEW PROGRAM APPROVALS & PROGRAM MODIFICATIONS

Institutional Approval Updates:

For an eligible student to receive their G. I. Bill education benefits they must be matriculated in a VA/SAA approved program, and attend during a term (of time) under which it has been approved.  It is the responsibility of the institution to maintain current approvals.  The SAA assists institutions with maintaining program information and approval.  Institutions are required to send the SAA 1 copy of their student catalog every time a new edition is published, or at least once every 3 years.  Institutions are also expected to keep the SAA informed on a change of ownership, change in policy, new programs, program changes, and current or projected term dates.

IHL New Program Approval Packet (PDF)  or (MSDOC)
     Department of Veterans Affairs Policy regarding "Deemed Approved" Programs (IHL only)
NCD New Program Approval Packet (PDF) or (MSDOC)
IHL Catalog Updates & Revisions (PDF) or (MSDOC)
      Catalog updates/revisions must be approved by the SAA
NCD Catalog Updates & Revisions (PDF) or (MSDOC)
          Catalog updates/revisions must be approved by the SAA
NCD (Private Career School) - Catalog Checklist (PDF) or (MSDOC) - see page 9 for VA requirements

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Approval Process for Licensing or Testing Entities:

Each state has a State Approving Agency (SAA) responsible for granting the necessary approvals needed for the Department of Veterans Affairs to pay veterans and other eligible persons their G. I. Bill education benefits. The Maryland Higher Education Commission's SAA is the approving authority for licensing and certification entities based in the State of Maryland.  To start the approval process an official of a testing entity may send a letter, on letterhead, requesting approval. The letter of application must be an official request of the entity.  To make application, please write and send the completed form to: 

Maryland Higher Education Commission
State Approving Agency for Veterans Education Benefits
6 N. Liberty Street, 10th Floor,
Baltimore, MD 21201

Application for Training Establishment seeking approval for Licensing and Certification (PDF) or (MSDOC)
   
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List of State Approving Agencies:  http://nasaa-vetseducation.com/contacts/default.aspxopens in new window

New VA Contact # for School Certifying Officials ONLY   (855)225-1159  (Mon-Fri, Hours 7 am - 5 pm)
                                                   You must have your facility code available.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES FOR CERTIFYING OFFICIALS
2013 - 2014 GI Bill Updates for School Certifying Officials  - PDF
Also, check the GI Bill Website (http://gibill.va.gov/ ) for recent updates
SCO Online Training Resources & Related Information
Yellow Ribbon Programopens in new window
Flight Schools, Apprenticeship and On-The-Job Training (PDF)
New or Update Request for School Certifying Officials (PDF) - (VA Forms 22-8794, 22-8206 & 22-1919)
Request for access to VA-ONCE
VA-ONCE Memorandum of Understanding opens in new window(only needed for initial application)
Policies for VA Payment-Refund-Debt Collection - 2012 (PDF)
Prior Credit (PDF)
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