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November 22, 2013

Academic Institutions

State Approving Agency (SAA) for Veterans Education

We are the state agency whose mission is to ensure that every eligible veteran, reservist/National Guard member, and other eligible persons are afforded the opportunity to pursue their educational or vocational program goals to their full potential.  The Utah SAA will work to protect the eligible person’s right to a quality education or a quality training program.

The SAA performs all duties necessary for the inspection, approval and supervision of those programs offered by qualified educational institutions, training establishments, and tests for licensing and certification in accordance with the standards and provisions of Title 38, U.S.C.

This includes providing in-depth technical assistance and outreach liaison with all related organizations, agencies, individuals and activities to help veterans and other eligible persons achieve their educational and vocational goals.

Contact Us:

700 Foothill Blvd
Salt Lake City, UT 84108
Phone: (801) 584-1972 / 1973
Fax:  (801) 584-1964

If your programs are not currently approved and you are interested in applying, submit this application along with 2 copies of your current catalog containing all programs and policies (see checklist on page 4 of application). Once this is received, the SAA will review the catalog and will contact you to proceed with the approval process.


Application for Continued Approval

First Time Approval Application

OJT Approval Application

Test Approval Application


School Officials: Click the following link for the most current VA Certifying Officials Handbook. (


FAQ For Currently Approved Schools

What if there has been a change in ownership or my school has moved?

You must submit an SAA form 4251 (link) to the SAA for approval. Failure to do so timely can result in a delay of payment to the Veterans or Institution


What do I need to do to add a new program to my list?

If your institution has made changes to programs or policies (new tuition, added a new program) outside of catalog publication, we can review it as a program modification. All you need to submit to the SAA is a letter requesting approval of the new program or policy, submit supporting documentation to that letter and list the effective date of the change. These actions are generally reviewed quickly by the SAA.


What do I need to do with the new catalog and can you just review our website?

Whenever an institution publishes a new catalog, we consider the previous catalog as being no longer valid; meaning your programs, as approved, are no longer in effect. You must submit two certified true and correct copies of this catalog to the SAA with a completed and signed application. Due to the requirement that catalogs must be certified and maintained on file for reference during VA compliance surveys, we CANNOT accept websites as they change and cannot be certified. We accept hard copies or PDF files on a disk.

Keep in mind that the students are being paid for attending an approved program and if that program changes and is not re-approved by the SAA, the student cannot be paid for that non-approved program. Worse case scenario, VA may recoup all monies paid during that time. Keeping your approval up to date is the schools responsibility and is very important to avoid lost/delayed payments for students.