Higher Education Veterans Program Approval

The New Hampshire Department of Education has been designated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to approve and regulate programs for eligible veterans and beneficiaries utilizing their GI Bill benefits.

This includes approvals of:

  • College and University Programs
  • Career School Programs
  • Flight Training Programs
  • High School Diploma Programs
  • Correspondence School Programs
  • Apprenticeships and On-The-Job Training Programs
  • Medical Residency and Fellowship Programs
  • National Tests for College Credit and Admissions
  • Tests required for Licensing and/or Certification


Veterans State Approvals is one of the functions under the Division of Higher Education. The Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) refers to us as a State Approving Agency. Under the DVA contract, we perform six major core functions:

  • Approval of programs
  • Contract Compliance
  • Liaison
  • Outreach
  • Supervision of schools and training establishments
  • Technical Assistance


The State Approving Agency serves as a unit within the Commission to ensure, in a timely and efficient manner, that every eligible person under the GI Bill has fair and equal opportunity to utilize his/her benefits and achieve their potential.; This is done by reaching out to the New Hampshire community to communicate opportunities, and by approving only quality education and training programs.

Clients and Stakeholders

Our clients and stakeholders include active duty and veteran service personnel from the USAF, USA, Marines, Navy, Coast Guard, all components of the Selective Reserves, and the eligible dependents of disabled veterans or of those who died on active duty; the agencies, schools, other State Approving Agencies, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, businesses which offer education and training programs, and the certifying officials or education officers responsible for the eligible people in their programs.


Our mission is to perform our core functions in accordance with the standards and provisions of Title 38, U.S.C., Part III, Chapters 30, 32, 33, 34, 35, and 36. We will perform 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; ensure quality programs and assist the educational institutions and eligible persons; and strive to provide in-depth technical assistance, outreach and liaison with all related organizations, agencies, and individuals. Our duties include:

  • Engage in outreach activities designed to encourage optimal utilization of the GI Bill®.
  • Ensure that educational programs, flight training programs, apprenticeship and on-the-job training programs, and certification tests are of appropriate content and rigor and those programs are taught by qualified individuals.
  • Ensure that school and training establishments policies and procedures meet federal, state, and SAA requirements for both initial and continuing approval.
  • Provide technical assistance to those organizations and institutions seeking approval of programs thereby offering greater choices to veterans, other eligible persons, and reservists.
  • Work collaboratively with other stakeholders to provide greater opportunities for veterans, other eligible persons, and reservists.
  • Assist the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) in preventing fraud, waste, and abuse in the administration of the GI Bill.

Approval Process

School Certifying Official Handbook


Jeffrey S. Newman

RuthAnn Campbell
Program Assistant