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The Department of Education has been designated by the governor of the state of Iowa as the location for the Iowa State Approving Agency. The State Approving Agency is responsible for approving all GI Bill programs in Iowa for veterans and other eligible persons. Program approval is a function of the State not the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

The Iowa State Approving Agency (SAA) has been contracted by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to approve GI Bill programs in the State of Iowa for veterans and other eligible persons. Each state has a SAA whose function is to inspect, approve, and supervise qualified educational programs as well as on-the-job training and apprenticeship programs for GI Bill purposes. Recently, approval has extended to include required licensure and certification tests. The State's approval is necessary before veterans and other eligible persons can receive their GI Bill benefits.

Program Overview

Our unit assists educational institutions and their staffs by providing in-depth technical assistance, outreach activities, and liaison with other organizations and agencies. We provide educational and career assistance for veterans and other eligible persons in accordance with the standards and provisions of Title 38, U.S.C., Chapters 30, 32, 33, 35 and 36 and Chapter 1606 of Title 10, U.S.C.


Our goal is to ensure that every veteran, reservist, and eligible person has a full and fair opportunity to reach his or her full potential in whatever educational direction they choose. Our role is to ensure that quality instruction and ethical administration is provided for every veteran/eligible person and reservist who enters an approved educational or training program in the state of Iowa.

Clients and Stakeholders

The clients and stakeholders we serve in Iowa include veterans, National Guard and Reservists, dependents of disabled veterans or of those who died on active duty, school administrators, school certifying officials, military education officers, company and industrial personnel, labor coordinators, and any other persons who work with expanding the career opportunities of veterans in our state.

Educational Programs

We review all educational programs in the state and only approve those that meet the high standards required by the VA and state law.

On-the-Job Training/Apprenticeship Programs

Eligible individuals under the GI Bill may choose to learn by working on the job through approved On-the-Job Training/Apprenticeship Programs.

Approved Programs

Iowa Directory of Certifying Officials (updated September 2015) - A directory of schools offering approved programs for use by veterans and other eligible persons for GI Bill program benefits in Iowa.

On-the-Job and Apprenticeship Approved Programs - A directory of on-the-job Training/Apprenticeship Establishments with approved programs for veterans in Iowa.

Certifying Officials

Certifying officials are representatives authorized to sign and submit forms to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs on behalf of veterans, active-duty service members, National Guard members and their dependents. Certifying officials verify enrollment, document changes in status, and report circumstances affecting benefits.

Below are resources for use by certifying officials:

VA Certifying Official Guide

VA School Certifying Officials Quick Reference Guide

VA Certifying Officials Handbook

Other Educational Assistance Information

On-The-Job Training/Apprenticeship Resource Materials

Employer Brochure

On-the-Job and Apprenticeship Approved Programs

Non-Educational Benefit Links

Veterans Administration Sites

US Department of Veterans Affairs

Iowa Department of Veterans Affairs

Vet Job Central

Veteran Service Information


DOD Disabled Veterans

VA - Polytrama

Department of Labor - Vets

Request Military Service Records - Includes DD 214/Separation Documents, Personnel Records, and/or Medical Records

Educational Assistance for Military Children

Interstate Compact on Educational Opportunities for Military Children

This Interstate Compact, aims at addressing perceived inequities facing school children of military parents when they are required to relocate across state lines. The Compact allows the laws of the "sending" state to apply to transferring students from military families in the school of the "receiving" state for such policies as graduation requirements, advanced placement, and age of student enrollment. Additional information on this Compact can be found on the Council of State Government website.

Military School Liaison Officers

Iowa has two Military School Liaison Officers. Both are able to work with children of any military service branch.

Stan Stout
Child and Youth Program Coordinator
Iowa National Guard
JFHQ A-1, Room 186
7105 NW 70th Avenue
Johnston, IA 50131
Office 515-252-4040
Cell: 515-689-2617
Fax: 515-727-3103

Jason Follett
School Services Specialist
Army Reserve Child, Youth & School Services
Office: 515-362-3709

Informational Website for Educators

American Association of School Administrators

Military Child Education Coalition

Army Reserve Family Programs

Military Child Initiative for U.S. Military Families


Contact Information

Iowa Department of Education
Division of Community Colleges
Veterans and Military Education
400 East 14th Street
Des Moines, IA  50319

Fax Number: 515-242-5988

Thomas Beasley, Consultant

Michael Dommer, Consultant

Rebecca Griglione, Support

Printed from the Iowa Department of Education website on November 27, 2015 at 5:27am.