Institutions & Programs

Veteran Student Resources

NOTICE: As of October 1, 2018, the Higher Education Coordinating Commission is no longer Oregon’s State Approving Agency (SAA) for veterans education and training, so is no longer responsible for approving and monitoring postsecondary institutions and training establishments participating in veterans’ education benefits administered by the U.S Department of Veterans Affair (VA). For more information, please contact Katherine Nicholson, the VA Education Liaison Representative (ELR) at 503-412-4669 or​​ This website will be updated at a later date.

​Veteran students who wish to be assured that the college options they are considering are approved for veteran benefits can rely on the work of the State Approving Agency (SAA).  The State Approving Agency (SAA) for Veterans Education Programs is responsible for granting the necessary approval needed for the Department of Veteran Affairs to pay veterans and other eligible persons their G.I Bill education benefits.

Programs Eligible for Veteran Benefits

The State Approving Agency (SAA) approves and supervises postsecondary institutions that are legally operating in Oregon, including public and private colleges, universities, community colleges, high schools, flight schools, private career schools, and apprentice and on-the-job training programs.

Other Resources for Veterans

Return to SAA Home Page​

Click here to return to the State Approving Agency (SAA) for Veterans Education Programs home page.​​​​​

Plan and Pay for College

The Plan and Pay section of the HECC website ​includes a wide variety of information to help you research and afford your learning goals, including how to:

  • Plan for College Success: learn how to research college opportunities and apply
  • Pay for College:​ research your costs, and apply for grants, scholarships, and financial aid to invest in your future, including affordability programs unique to Oregon veterans.

Contact Us

Staff Directory for Office of Student Access and Completion​​