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Benefit Category: State

Our Mission

The State Approving Agency originated when the G.I. Bill of Rights was signed into law in 1944 by President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Congress recognized that each state has the right and responsibility for the education and training of its residents. The State Approving Agency together with the federal government manages veterans 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.

North Dakota's SAA 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

Contact the Fargo ND Department of Veteran Affairs Office with questions at (701) 239-7165.


What is the GI Bill?

On June 22, 1944, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt signed into law one of the most significant pieces of legislation ever produced by the United States government. The Servicemembers' Readjustment Act of 1944, commonly known as the G.I. Bill of Rights. By the time the original G.I. Bill® ended in July 1956, 7.8 million Word War II veterans had participated in an education or training program. Today, the legacy of the original G.I. Bill® lives on in the Montgomery G.I. Bill®. You can view more information about the G.I. Bill​® here.

Whats New?

G.I. Bill Housing Allowance Increases

Approved Programs

On-the-Job and Apprenticeship Training - On-the-Job training (OJT) is training you receive while actually performing a job and earning wages, as well as receiving your GI Bill® benefits. Apprenticeship training couples OJT with theoretical related instruction.

View the current list of approved Apprenticeship and On-The-Job training programs

Non-College Degree Schools - Approved training programs and non-college degree schools in North Dakota that offer programs for veterans.

PTSD Awareness Training - Combat Veterans and Higher Education: Helping Student Veterans with PTSD and TBI Achieve Academic Success.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Education Programs - Education and training programs administered by the VA.

Veteran's Educational Training - A program of study that will prepare you for a certification program, two-year or four-year college degree.

Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment Service - Services to help with job training, employment accommodations, resume development, and job seeking skills coaching.

Online Schools In North Dakota - Accredited Online Schools in North Dakota.

College Campus Military Awareness Training

For further information, contact Andrew Heitkamp or James Becks.

ND Certifying Officials

Directory of ND State Certifying Officials

Campus Vet Centers

North Dakota University System

Online College Guide


Wounded Warrior Project

ND Dependent Tuition Waiver

Veteran Scholarships


Veterans can be reimbursed for the cost of a state licensing or certification exam: Click here for an application.

Click here for other education resources.

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).