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Benefit Category: State

Our Mission

The State Approving Agency together with the federal government manages veteran’s education benefits. The State Approving Agency's (SAA) role is to approve and supervise the programs of education and training for eligible veterans, dependents, National Guard members, and reservists. The SAA must specifically approve each program of education or training in which a veteran or eligible person wishes to use G.I. Bill® benefits.  Other responsibilities include: 

  • Reviewing, evaluating and approving programs based on state and federal criteria
  • Conducting on-site inspection visits to facilities requesting program approval
  • Conducting on-site compliance visits to approved facilities
  • Providing technical assistance
  • Engaging in outreach activities that foster use of the GI Bill®
  • Helping military installations provide base personnel with educational opportunities 
  • Veteran
  • Eligibility

GI Bill Questions and Answers (https://www.va.gov/education/eligibility/)

How to apply for your GI Bill: 

You can apply online at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/apply.asp, or in person at the Fargo Regional Office (www.benefits.va.gov/fargo) .  You can also call 1-888-GI BILL-1 to ask the VA to mail an application directly to you.

The application process is simple, especially if you do it online. The form will ask you for information about your military background, education history and the school you want to attend. It also asks for your Social Security and bank account numbers, so make sure you have those handy, too. (While the tuition and fee payments go directly to the schools, the housing and textbook allowances go straight to you.)

If you’re feeling nervous about the process, you can also talk to the school certifying official at your school/college/university for guidance. This individual is typically in the school’s registrar’s office or financial aid department and will be able to walk you through the application.

GI Bill Certificate of Eligibility

You’ll get a Certificate of Eligibility (COE), or award letter, in the mail if and when your are approved.  Once you received your Certificate of Eligibility you will need to bring it your school.

 

How much does the GI Bill pay for school?

GI Bill Comparison Charts and Payment Rates is located at:  https://www.benefits.va.gov/GIBILL/comparison_chart.as

Information on the Yellow Ribbon Program is located at:  https://www.va.gov/education/about-gi-bill-benefits/post-9-11/yellow-ribbon-program/

 

For those using Chapter 33 (Post 9/11) GI Bill to include Housing visit:  

https://www.benefits.va.gov/GIBILL/resources/benefits_resources/rates/ch33/ch33rates080119.asp

 

How to change schools with the GI Bill? is explained and can be viewed at: 

https://www.va.gov/education/change-gi-bill-benefits/

 

You are able to track your online at:  

https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/manage/status

 

Questions can be directed to the State Approving Authority at the ND Department of Veteran Affairs Office questions at (701) 239-4667.

 

State Certifying Officials:  

 

GI Bill Questions and Answers (https://www.va.gov/education/eligibility/)

 

How to apply for your GI Bill: 

You can apply online at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/apply.asp, or in person at the Fargo Regional Office (www.benefits.va.gov/fargo) .  You can also call 1-888-GI BILL-1 to ask the VA to mail an application directly to you.

The application process is simple, especially if you do it online. The form will ask you for information about your military background, education history and the school you want to attend. It also asks for your Social Security and bank account numbers, so make sure you have those handy, too. (While the tuition and fee payments go directly to the schools, the housing and textbook allowances go straight to you.)

If you’re feeling nervous about the process, you can also talk to the school certifying official at your school/college/university for guidance. This individual is typically in the school’s registrar’s office or financial aid department and will be able to walk you through the application.

 

GI Bill Certificate of Eligibility

 

You’ll get a Certificate of Eligibility (COE), or award letter, in the mail if and when your are approved.  Once you received your Certificate of Eligibility you will need to bring it your school.

 

How much does the GI Bill pay for school?

GI Bill Comparison Charts and Payment Rates is located at:  https://www.benefits.va.gov/GIBILL/comparison_chart.asInformation on the Yellow Ribbon Program is located at:  https://www.va.gov/education/about-gi-bill-benefits/post-9-11/yellow-ribbon-program/

 

For those using Chapter 33 (Post 9/11) GI Bill to include Housing visit:  

https://www.benefits.va.gov/GIBILL/resources/benefits_resources/rates/ch33/ch33rates080119.asp

 

How to change schools with the GI Bill? is explained and can be viewed at: 

https://www.va.gov/education/change-gi-bill-benefits/

 

You have the option of completing the form online or by visiting your local Regional Office.  If you are in the Fargo Area your regional offices is co-located at the VA Medical Center.  

 

You are able to track your online at:  

https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits/manage/status

 

Transferring GI Bill to your dependents completed and explained online at:  

https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/post911_transfer.asp

 

ND State Department of Veterans Affairs Education Information is located online

1.  Information on North Dakota Dependent Tuition Waiver can be located at:  ND Dependent Tuition Waiver

2.  Free tuition to qualified dependents in North Dakota Institutions of Higher Education NDCC 15-10-18.3

 

Web Enabled Approved Management Systems (WEAMS) approved programs search is used for locating:  Institutions of Higher Learning; Non College Degree; OJT/Apprenticeship.

Select North Dakota and schools are at your fingertips.  (as a side note, WEAMS does not go in depth about the schools).  Use is at your discretion.  

https://inquiry.vba.va.gov/weamspub/buildSearchInstitutionCriteria.do

 

Institutions of Higher Learning 

Bismarck State College

Cankdeska Cikana Community College

Central Michigan University at Minot AFB

Dakota College at Bottineau

Dickinson State University

Embry-Riddle Aero University at Minot AFB

Fort Berthold Community College

Lake Region State College

Mayville State University

Minot State University

North Dakota State College of Science

North Dakota State University

Park University GFAFB

Park University MAFB

Rasmussen College-Bismarck

Rasmussen College-Fargo

Sitting Bull College

Trinity Bible College

Turtle Mountain Community College

United Tribes Technical College

University of Jamestown

University of Mary

University of North Dakota

Valley City State University

Veterans Education Training 

Williston State College

 

LIST OF NON-COLLEGE DEGREE

A.  School's and Learning Centers

BISMARCK PUBLIC HIGH SCHOOL

CARRINGTON HIGH SCHOOL

DICKINSON HIGH SCHOOL

COMMUNITY AMBULANCE SERVICE

FARGO ADULT LEARNING CENTER

FARGO SOUTH HIGH SCHOOL

HANKINSON HIGH SCHOOL

LANGDON AREA HIGH SCHOOL

MAGIC CITY CAMPUS HIGH SCHOOL

MANDAN HIGH SCHOOL

TURTLE MOUNTAIN COMMUNITY HIGH SCHOOL

VETERANS EDUCATIONAL TRAINING-NORTH DAKOTA STATE UNIVERSITY

SHEYENNE VALLEY AREA CAREER & TECHNOLOGY CENTER

WEST FARGO HIGH SCHOOL

 

B.  Hair 

JOSEF’S SCHOOL OF HAIR SKIN AND BODY-FARGO

JOSEF’S SCHOOL OF HAIR SKIN AND BODY-GRAND FORKS

MOLER BARBER COLLEGE OF HAIRSTYLING

SKILL CUTZ BARBER COLLEGE

THE HAIR ACADEMY

THE SALON PROFESSIONAL ACADEMY

 

C.  Trade and Industry

LYNNES WELDING TRAINING, INC-FARGO

LYNNES WELDING TRAINING INC-BISMARCK

SOUTHEAST VOCATIONAL TECH CENTER

VERITAS CRANE, LLC

 

On-the-Job and Apprenticeship Training

 

What is On-the-Job Training?

On-the-Job Training (OJT) is training you receive while actually performing a job and earning wages, as well as receiving your G.I. Bill benefits. OJT programs normally range from six months to two years in length. Some examples of OJT are: Welder, Painter, Cook, Pressman, and Auto Mechanic.

Contact the Fargo ND Department of Veteran Affairs Office at (701) 239-7165, for more information.

 

What is Apprenticeship Training?

Apprenticeship Training is on-the-job training coupled with theoretical related instruction. You receive your G.I. Bill benefits while working full time and earning wages. Apprenticeship programs are normally from two to five years in length. Some examples of currently approved apprenticeship programs are: Carpenter, Electrician, Brick Layer, Asbestos Worker, Plumber, Iron Worker, Corrections Officer, Machinist, and Maintenance Mechanic.

 

How to Begin

  1. If you do not have a job, or if you are not working in the occupation you want, contact your local Job Service. The Veteran’s Employment Representative should be able to find an employer who can offer the kind of training you need to reach your occupational goal.
  2. Next, either you or your employer should contact the North Dakota State Approving Agency at 701-328-5445, so that the necessary steps can be taken to approve the training program or visit the GI Bill Answer Page for more information.

 

Reimbursement for Licensure and Exams

Veterans can get reimbursed for the cost of a state licensing or certification exam.  Veterans Affairs will pay for the cost of the tests, up to $2,000 for each test.  For an application:  http://www.va.gov/vaforms/form_detail.asp?FormNo=22-0803

 

LIST OF APPROVED OJT/APP FACILITIES

AA APPRAISALS INC

ABU TRAILERS INC

AGNEW STEEL, INC

AGRI INDUSTRIES, INC

ALLIES FIRE PROTECTION

ASC CONSTRUCTION EQUIPMENT

BASIN ELECTRIC POWER COOPERATIVE

BENSON PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES

BERGSTROM ELECTRIC, INC

BISMARCK AREA CARPENTERS JATC

BISMARCK POLICE DEPARTMENT

BLACKWELL ELECTRIC LLC

BURLEIGH COUNTY

BURLINGTON NORTHERN SANTA FE RAILWAY)

BURLINGTON NORTHERN SANTA FE RAILWAY-MANDAN

BURLINGTON NORTHERN SANTA FE RAILWAY-MINOT

BUTLER MACHINERY

CASS COUNTY ELECTRIC COOPERATIVE

CITY OF BOTTINEAU

CMV ELECTRIC TELECOM

COMMERCIAL EDUCATION AND SAFETY

COMMUNITY AMBULANCE SERVICE OF MINOT, INC

COMPUTER LAND OF FARGO

DAKOTAS AND WESTERN MN AREAWIDE ELECTRIC

DENNY'S ELECTRIC MOTOR REPAIR, INC

DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY-USCIS FARGO

https://www.uscis.gov/about-us/field-office/field-office-state?state=ND&...

DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE

https://www.benefits.va.gov/Fargo/

https://www.fargo.va.gov/

https://dickinsonpd.com/

DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS

DOUBLE HH GUN SHOP

DROLC ELECTRIC

FAA-NORTHWEST DAKOTA SYSTEM SUPPORT CENTER

FAA BISMARCK TOWER 

https://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/ato/service_units/air_traffic           services/tracon/

FAA FARGO SYSTEM SUPPORT CENTER

https://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/ato/service_units/missionsupport/sc/

FAA FARGO TOWER TRACON 

https://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/ato/service_units/air_traffic_services/tracon/

FAA GRAND FORKS INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

https://www.airnav.com/airport/KGFK

FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION SYSTEM OPERATIONS SERVICES

https://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/ato/service_units/systemops/

FAA GRAND FORKS SYSTEM SUPPORT CENTER 

https://www.faa.gov/about/office_org/headquarters_offices/ato/service_un...

FARGO GRAND FORKS SHEET METAL WORKERS JATC

FARGO POLICE DEPARTMENT (http://fargond.gov/city-government/departments/police)

FARGO-MOORHEAD AREA CARPENTARS JATC

FEININGER ELECTRIC SERVICE

FLEX LEASING POWER & SERVICE LLC

FREEDOM RESOURCE FOR INDEPENDENT LIVING

FUSION AUTOMATION, INC

GARON CONSTRUCTION (http://www.garonconstruction.com/)

GENERAL EQUIPMENT SUPPLIES INC (https://www.genequip.com/)

GM ELECTRIC, INC

GRANTS'S MECHANICAL LLC

GROTBERG ELECTRIC INC (https://www.grotbergelectric.com/)

HALLIDAY WELDING TECHNOLOGY

HARVEY AND KAY'S INSTRUMENT REPAIR

INSULATORS ORGANIZATION UNION DIRECTORY NORTH DAKOTA

HIGHER POWER, LLC

(https://www.manta.com/c/mr0ftcw/higher-power-llc)

HILAND PARTNERS BADLANDS GAS PLANT

(https://www.manta.com/c/mr0ftcw/higher-power-llc)

HOPE ELECTRIC, INC

HOUSTON ENGINEERING INC 

Hope Electric (https://www.hopeelectric.com/

INDEPENDCE, INC

INDUSTRIAL EQUIPMENT SALE & SERVICE

JD ELECTRIC

JDP ELECTRIC, INC

LAKOTA MUNICIPAL UTILITIES https://www.jdpelectric.net/

LANEY'S, INC

https://www.manta.com/c/mbs3p02/legacy-resources-inc)

LUCY 13 TATTOO (http://tattooshopfinder.com/listing-category/north-dakota/)

MANNING MECHANICAL INC http://manningmechanical.com/

MCKENZIE COUNTY SHERIFF https://www.mckenziesheriff.net/

MCLEAN COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT

https://www.mcleancountynd.gov/departments/sheriffs-office/)

POWER COOPERATIVE MINNKOTA https://www.minnkota.com/

MINNKOTA POWER COOPERATIVE INC

MINOT PLUMBING AND HEATING

MINOT POLICE DEPARTMENT (https://www.minotnd.org/219/Police-Department)

MONTANA DAKOTA UTILITIES CO

MOR-GRAN-SOU ELECTRIC COOP

MORTON COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMEENT

http://www.co.morton.nd.us/sheriffsoffice

ND DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS REHABILITATION 

https://www.docr.nd.gov/

NEW TOW POLICE DEPARTMENT

NORTH AMERICAN TRAILER

NORTH DAKOTA ASSOCIATION OF RURAL ELECTRIC COOPERATIVES 

https://www.ndarec.com/

NORTH DAKOTA STATE HIGHWAY PATROL

NORTHERN INDUSTRIAL TRAINING

NORTHERN PLAINS PLUMBING AND HEATING INC 

https://www.northern-plains.com/

PIONEER ELECTRIC

HOW petroleum Inc https://www.nothern-plains.com/

RADIOGRAPHIC TECH, INC

RANDY'S ELECTRIC

RBB ELECTRIC, INC

RIOS CONSTRUCTION, INC

RM HOEFS ASSOCIATON

ROUGHRIDER GOLF COURSE

SAX ELECTRIC  

https://www.agriindustries.com/services-electrical-sidney-williston-nd.php

SCHLUMBERGER INC https://www.slb.com/

SCOTT'S ELECTRIC

SIMPLEX GRINNEL

SMALL BUSINESS MGMT CENTER

SMART COMPUTERS CONSULTING

SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION-BISMARCK 

https://www.ssofficelocation.com/bismarck-social-security-office-so1057

SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINISTRATION FARGO

https://www.ssofficelocation.com/fargo-social-security-office-so1059

SOCIAL SECURITY ADMINSTRATION-GRAND FORKS

STARK COUNTY SOCIAL SERVICES 

https://www.starkcountynd.gov/?SEC=B26727E3-D019-4243-A454-F634821D5364

SUPERIOR PLUMBING LLC SUPERIOR PLUMMING LLC

THE NETWORK CENTER, INC

TROY'S REPAIR FARGO

UA LOCAL UNION 300 OF ND ESTERN SD JATC

UNITED STATES ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS

UPS MINOT CENTER-NDMIN 

https://locations.theupsstore.com/nd/minot/1940-s-broadway

UPS WILLISTON CENTER NDWIL 

https://locations.theupsstore.com/nd/williston/301-58th-street-w/ups-shipping

US CUSTOMS BORDER PROTECTION NORTH DAKOTA

US DRUG ENFORCEMENT AGENCY

US IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT GRAND FORKS

US MARSHAL SERVICE

USDA NORTH DAKOTA

VELVA DENTAL CENTER

WARD COUNTY SHERIFFS DEPARTMENT 

https://www.co.ward.nd.us/208/Sheriffs-Office

WESTERN AREA POWER ADMINISTRATION https://www.wapa.gov/EnergyServices/Pages/es-contact-us.aspx

WILLISTON POLICE DEPARTMENT https://www.cityofwilliston.com/departments/police_department/index.php

YOUNG MANUFACTURING

YRC FREIGHT-BISMARCK

YRC FREIGHT-FARGO

YRC FREIGHT-MINOT

 

  • State

  • The state of North Dakota provides actively drilling guardsman in the Army and Air National Guard up to 25% off of tuition at any of the eleven University System Schools in the state.  The University of Mary also honors this program.  Program is called the National Guard Tuition Waiver program.
  • Most veterans receiving the Gi bill and other benefits receive the in-state resident rate even if they are residents of other states

 

VETERAN SCHOLARSHIPS

AMVETS

  • AMVETS National Scholarship Program:  The AMVETS National Scholarship Program is available to financially assist veterans who have exhausted government aid, or who might not otherwise have the financial means to continue their education.
  • AMVETS Scholarship and Tuition Discounts: ​AMVETS annually awards scholarships to veterans/active military, their sons, daughters or grandchildren. A son, daughter or grandchild of a deceased veteran is also eligible. Awarded on the basis of academic excellence and financial need, the scholarships go to deserving high school seniors, high school JROTC students and veterans pursuing a higher education.
  • Dr. Aurelio M. Caccomo Family Foundation Memorial Scholarship:  The Dr. Aurelio M. Caccomo Family Foundation Memorial Scholarship is awarded to veterans, including members of the National Guard and Reserves, who are seeking new skills in order to be competitive in the job market.

AFCEA Educational Foundation Afghanistan and Iraq War Veterans Scholarship:  Scholarships of $2,500 are offered to active-duty and honorably discharged U.S. military veterans and reservists and National Guard personnel of the Enduring Freedom-Afghanistan or Iraqi Freedom Operations.  Candidates must be actively pursuing an undergraduate degree in an eligible major at accredited two- or four-year institutions in the United States.  Distance-learning or online programs affiliated with a major U.S. institution are eligible.

Allied Van Lines ScholarshipAnnually, 2 recipients will be awarded $1,000 towards their education. Any servicemen, veteran, or military dependent majoring in logistics, as well as equivalent majors such as business, business operational management, and other like majors can apply for this scholarship.

Army Women’s Foundation:  The Foundation’s Legacy Scholarship program recognizes the importance of education and helping recipients to achieve their educational goals. The Legacy Scholarship program offers financial support to Army women and their lineal descendants in four areas: Technical Certificate programs, Community College coursework, Undergraduate Degrees, and Graduate Degrees.

Approved Schools: A non-profit education group and website that helps active duty and military veterans find approved schools so they can use their military educaiton funding at a quality school. We partnered with the Wounded Warrior Project and have a lot of new scholarships that can be presented to as many people as possible. 

ASU Veterans Education Fund:  Through the gifts of anonymous donors, the ASU Veterans Education Fund was established to offer multiple scholarships. The contributors are devoted to the success of veterans nationally and at Arizona State University. Awards will be based on a student’s financial need, level of effort and the potential to complete his or her program of study. 

Medical Financial Aid opportunities: ACLS Medical Training has compiled a list of various scholarship and financial aid opportunities to help in paying for healthcare education.

Military.com Search for ScholarshipsWhile looking for money for school many servicemembers, veterans, and their families tend to overlook more than $300 million of military -- and veteran -- related scholarships and grants. These scholarships often go unclaimed.  Don't let "scholarship mythology" stop you from applying for education money. Find millions of dollars in scholarships and grants exclusively for the military community!

North American Van Lines Scholarship: Any serviceman, veteran, or military dependent majoring in logistics, business, or management can apply for this scholarship. This scholarship will award 2 students with $1,000 to the school of their choice.

The Purple Heart ScholarshipThe Purple Heart Scholarship is available to the recipient of a Purple Heart; a direct descendant of a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart or of a veteran killed in action or who died of wounds; or a spouse or widow(er) of a recipient of the Purple Heart.

VA Mortgage Center Scholarship:  Strives to enhance lives by recognizing the selfless contributions of service members and their families through support of such individuals in need.  Despite the aid of benefits like the GI Bill, the ever-increasing expense of a post-secondary degree is one of the greatest challenges facing so many of our nation's finest, and in an effort to address this need, Veterans United Foundation has established the Veterans United Foundation Scholarship program.

Veterans of Foreign Wars 
VFW and Sport Clips Haircuts have again partnered to help our veterans and their families. The VFW "Sport Clips Help A Hero Scholarship" program will provide service members and veterans with the financial assistance they need to help complete their educational goals without incurring excessive student loan debt. It's just another way to say "thank you" to those who deserve it the most!. Visit the site to learn more or contact your local VFW.

Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship Fund

Do you know a low-income woman 35 or older working to complete her college degree? Since 1976, Jeannette Rankin Women’s Scholarship Fund has helped more than 750 low-income women attend college. In fall 2016, Rankin Fund will award scholarships to 100 women across the U.S.  We would like to invite students who meet the requirements below to apply for our scholarship program.

A Rankin Fund scholarship applicant must be A woman, A U.S. citizen or permanent resident,  Age 35 or older, as of March 18, 2016, Low-income (financial guidelines are available on our website), Enrolled in or accepted to a regionally or ACICS accredited school, Pursuing a vocational education, an associate’s degree, or a first bachelor’s degree.

Eligible students can apply online starting January 1, 2016 at www.rankinfoundation.org/students/applications. The deadline is March 18, 2016.

We appreciate your efforts in sharing this information with women who may be eligible to apply and others who share an interest in our mission. Please feel free to contact April Greene our Program and Operations Manger (april@rankinfoundation.org, 706-208-1211) with any questions.

 Runnerclick Scholarship

Apply to receive one of three $2,000 dollar scholarships given away every year.  Stay active and get extra money to go to school!

 

Higher Visibility ScholarshipAnnually, this scholarship applies to majors such as Marketing, Journalism, Communication, or an equivalent field.

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  • Dependents

    • Federal

 

 State Certifying Officials:  

 

 Web Enabled Approved Management Systems (WEAMS) approved programs search is used for locating:  Institutions of Higher Learning; Non College Degree; OJT/Apprenticeship.

Select North Dakota and schools are at your fingertips.  (as a side note, WEAMS does not go in depth about the schools).  Use is at your discretion.  

https://inquiry.vba.va.gov/weamspub/buildSearchInstitutionCriteria.do

 

 

Questions can be directed to the State Approving Authority at the ND Department of Veteran Affairs Office questions at (701) 239-4667.

 

Discharge Requests

Most Veteran’s benefits require that applicants provide a copy of their Form DD 214 or discharge record, which is evidence of their veteran status. This is an important document and must be safeguarded. In the State of North Dakota separation documents are considered confidential and privileged NDCC 37-18-11 (13). National Guard members may receive a NGB22 and /or NGB23 upon obtaining 20 years of satisfactory service (20 year letter).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Discharge Requests

Most Veteran’s benefits require that applicants provide a copy of their Form DD 214 or discharge record, which is evidence of their veteran status. This is an important document and must be safeguarded. In the State of North Dakota separation documents are considered confidential and privileged NDCC 37-18-11 (13). National Guard members may receive a NGB22 and /or NGB23 upon obtaining 20 years of satisfactory service (20 year letter).