Labor and Economic Opportunity
The Michigan State Approving Agency (SAA) is located within the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity - Workforce Development of the State of Michigan. The SAA is responsible for approving applicable facilities to provide training under the GI Bill®.
The mission of the Michigan State Approving Agency is to approve education/training facilities and related programs for Veterans and Other Eligible Dependents throughout the State of Michigan. These approvals enable the utilization of GI Bill® educational benefits (Chapters 30, 33, 35, 1606) at Michigan’s educational and training facilities.
Michigan has more than 700 approved educational institutions, apprenticeship training, and on-the-job training sites which offer educational and training programs to Military Personnel, Veterans, and Other Eligible Dependents.
The responsibilities assigned to the Michigan SAA include:
Types of Program Approvals
Initial approval may involve the approval of one or more programs at a new, previously unapproved institution. It may also involve the approval of a new, previously unapproved program at a currently approved institution. While SAA approval is program specific, many of the approval criteria (e.g., probationary policy, disciplinary policy and grading system, etc.) are institutional in nature, applying to more than one program. At many schools, all or most of the currently offered programs are approved, leading us to use interchangeably the terms “institutional approval” and “program approval.” What we are actually doing is approving programs and the institutional policies that underlie them.
Prior to applying, the school/employer/sponsor must identify a point of contact, this individual will serve as the schools primary certifying official(s). The Certifying Official will be the liaison with the Michigan SAA and the VA. The Certifying Official is the only school/facility representative who may endorse VA certificates for the purpose of GI Bill® educational benefits, and is responsible for keeping the beneficiaries’ training file current.
Steps in the approval process:
Role of the School / Employer / Sponsor
The School Certifying Official will serve as the liaison with the Michigan State Approving Agency and VA. The Certifying Official is the only school/facility representative who may endorse VA forms or web-based certifications for the purposes of GI Bill® educational benefits; further, the Certifying Official is responsible for keeping the beneficiaries’ training file current.
This person notifies the Michigan SAA of any changes that have an effect on the State approval and VA concurrence. Examples of such changes include, but are not limited to:
If you have any questions, please contact the Michigan State Approving Agency at MISAA@michigan.gov.
State of Michigan
Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity - Workforce Development
State Approving Agency
201 N. Washington Square, 3rd Floor
Lansing, MI 48913
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