State Approving Agency (SAA) for Veterans Training
Federal regulations require the governor of each state to designate an agency of the state to perform inspections and approvals of schools and training programs so that veterans, dependents of veterans, service personnel, reservists, and other persons can apply education benefits from the various "G.I. bills." For Hawaii, that agency is the State Approving Agency (SAA) for Veterans Training.
The Hawaii SAA is administratively assigned to the State Postsecondary Education Commission (SPEC), but managed and operated by the UH System Office of Student Affairs.
The director of Hawaii SAA determines the qualifications of schools and job training establishments to offer instruction eligible for VA benefits under federal law in order to grant approval to such programs and schools. In addition, the Hawaii SAA Director performs periodic visits and inspections of approved schools and job training establishments to ensure compliance with federal law and regulations. The director may withdraw approval if programs and schools fail to maintain standards and conditions under which approval was granted.
For the period starting October 1, 2014, all requests for program approvals, facility inspections, etc. should be directed to:
Education Liaison Representative (ELR)
US Department of Veterans Affairs
PO Box 8888
Muskogee, OK 74402-8888
Telephone: (918) 781-7827