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The State Approving Agency (SAA) is a division of the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs tasked with the responsibility of approving public schools, universities, and apprenticeship programs for those eligible for GI Bill educational benefits. In addition to accredited public colleges and universities there are more than 250 approved apprenticeship programs in the State. These apprenticeships are both union and non-union and are found in both the public and private sector. In addition, the SAA approves On-The-Job-Training: medical/hospital based programs, flight schools, real estate and barber/beauty schools.

The State Approving Agency (SAA) was established by act of congress in 1947 to insure that veterans/eligible dependents can use the GI Bill educational entitlement in an approved educational and/or training program. Basic guidelines for approval are derived from the code of Federal Regulations, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Regulations and established SAA approving criteria.

The Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs (IDVA) recognizes the importance of providing educational and training opportunities for veterans. The SAA operates within IDVA under federal contract. The function of the SAA is in keeping with departmental philosophy to support continuing education and development of veterans. The SAA approves educational programs at all public colleges/universities, barber/beauty schools, medical programs not associated with a private school, OJT/Apprenticeship programs and flight schools.

Contact the State Approving Agency at (317) 232-3917 or toll-free at 1-800-400-4520 for information on those education and training programs approved for GI Bill educational benefits.