The Department of Higher Education is designated by law as the State Approving Agency (SAA) responsible for approving and supervising programs at educational institutions and training establishments in Massachusetts which offer education and training to veterans and other eligible persons under the Veterans Education Assistance Program. These programs must have SAA approval before veterans and other eligible persons may receive educational benefits (GI Bill) from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs under the authority of Title 38, U.S. Code and Chapter 1606 Title 10.
Through outreach and advocacy, the SAA also promotes veterans education and related benefits in Massachusetts so that all veterans, service members, and dependents know what state and federal programs and other resources are available to further their education and training goals. The SAA also informs veterans and students regarding new programs in veterans education. Outreach efforts target veterans and key members of the education and training community to communicate all programs to best meet the needs of our veterans.