STATE APPROVING AGENCY

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 program. The primary function of the Kansas State Approving Agency is to review, evaluate, and approve quality educational and training programs for veterans benefits.

Programs that can be approved include institutions of higher learning (colleges and universities), non-degree institutions (vocational and technical schools), apprenticeship programs, other on-the-job training programs, and flight schools.

The Kansas SAA reviews the appropriateness of each program relative to the state's standards and laws, in addition to the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) rules and regulations and other applicable laws and regulations. The program is then either approved or disapproved. Continuous supervision is required of approved programs. There are over 145 programs currently approved in Kansas for veterans educational benefits.

All of the above courses or training must lead to an educational, professional, or vocational objective. Courses such as bartender and personality development are  vocational and recreational in character and are specifically prohibited from approval by law.

OJT "On-the-Job" Training Brochure

This is an overview of eligible apprenticeship and job training program for the GI Bill® and possible monthly benefits.  There are websites and contacts for further information

GI Bill® Brochure

This is an overview of the GI Bill® Chapters and the education and training programs for which they can be used.  There are websites and contacts for further information.

This link will take you to the Department of Veterans Affairs GI Bill Website.
http://www.gibill.va.gov/

Click on the link below for a map list of schools to view facilities in that state.
http://inquiry.vba.va.gov/weamspub/buildSearchInstitutionCriteria.do


Applications 

All applications must be completed and submitted by the school registrar or supervising instructor

Non College Degree School Application

This application is for schools that award diplomas or certificates but no degrees seeking approval to provide training to veteran students and their eligible dependents.  The school must have a physical location in the State of Kansas that has administrative authority.  Example: cosmetology, CDL, medical coding, CNA, office administration.

 

Institution of Higher Learning Application

This application is for degree schools seeking approval to provide training to veteran students and their eligible dependents.  The school must have a physical location in the State of Kansas that has administrative authority.  Example: colleges, universities.

 

License and Certification Application

This application is for entities that award licenses or certificates and have a physical location in the State of Kansas that has administrative authority.  Example: bar certificate, barbering instructor certificate, dental hygiene license. 

 

Flight School Application

This application is for flight schools seeking approval to provide training to veteran students and their eligible dependents that have Part 141 or Part 142.  The school must have a physical location in the State of Kansas that has administrative authority and all instruction must be conducted at the Kansas SAA approved location. 

 

On The Job Training Program Application

This application is for employers who have formal training programs seeking approval to provide training to veteran students and their eligible dependents.  The employer must have a physical location in the State of Kansas that has administrative authority.  The Kansas SAA can assist in developing a formal training program.  Example: police, fire, lineman, carpenter. *Please provide contact information for position supervisor or human resources*


Contact Information
State Approving Agency Staff 

Lori Thompson 
Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs Office
700 S.W. Jackson
Topeka, Kansas 66603
Phone (785) 291-3151
Fax (785) 296-1462
Email: lori.thompson@ks.gov



Brigette Hayes
Kansas Commission on Veterans' Affairs
700 S.W. Jackson, Suite 1004
Topeka, Kansas 66603
Phone (785) 291-3422
Fax (785) 296-1462
Email: brigette.hayes@ks.gov