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Revised GI Bill Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) Toolkit is now available

November 21, 2019 4:11 PM

The revised GI Bill Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA) Toolkit was designed with easy to understand messaging on new MHA changes for GI Bill students.


Webinar Slides Are Available for the 10/30 and 10/31 - STEM Scholarship and SCO Training Requirements for SCOS

November 21, 2019 2:44 PM

The slides for the October 30 and October 31, 2019 STEM Scholarship and SCO Training Requirements for SCOS are now available.


Veterans Affairs (VA) California State Approving Agency (SAA) Open House, November 7 at 10:00 am PST

November 4, 2019 10:30 AM

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as the California SAA in partnership with El Camino Community College is hosting an “Open House” to assist schools and stakeholders better understand and navigate the school catalog approval process. 

This open house will take place at El Camino Community College campus, 16007 Crenshaw Blvd, Torrance, CA 90506, Distance Education Room Center.

Please join us on November 7, 2019 at 10:00 am PST.  Interested school certifying officials in the Los Angeles area, please RSVP to Brenda Threatt at bthreatt@elcamino.edu.


Veterans Affairs (VA) California State Approving Agency (SAA) Open House - November 5, 10:00a PST

October 30, 2019 1:30 PM

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as the California SAA in partnership with the Riverside City College is hosting an “Open House” to assist schools and stakeholders better understand and navigate the school catalog approval process.

This open house will take place at Riverside City College campus, 4800 Magnolia Ave, Riverside, CA 92506, Digital Library Room 205.  Please join us on November 5, 2019 at 10:00 am PST. 

Interested school certifying officials in the Riverside area, please RSVP to Santos Martinez.


Veterans Affairs (VA) California State Approving Agency (SAA) Open House - November 1, 10a PST

October 29, 2019 8:15 AM

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as the California SAA in partnership with Cuyamaca College is hosting an “Open House” to assist schools and stakeholders better understand and navigate the school catalog approval process. 

This open house will take place at Cuyamaca College campus, 900 Rancho San Diego Parkway, El Cajon, CA 92019, Building I, Room 209.  Please join us on November 1, 2019 at 10:00 am PST. 

Complimentary parking in student or staff lots will be honored by displaying valid staff permits from all of the San Diego/Imperial Community Colleges and Point Loma Nazarene. Interested school certifying officials in the San Diego area, please RSVP to Debbie Ayers at Debra.Ayers@gcccd.edu.


Veterans Affairs (VA) California State Approving Agency (SAA) Open House - October 29, 10a PST

October 24, 2019 3:00 PM

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as the California SAA, in partnership with the College of Alameda, is hosting an “Open House” to assist schools and stakeholders better understand and navigate the school catalog approval process. 

This open house will take place at the College of the Alameda campus at 555 Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway, Alameda, CA 94501.  Please join us on October 29, at 10:00 am PST.  Interested school certifying officials in the Oakland and Sacramento area, please RSVP La Shawn Brumfield.  


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Webinar on October 30 - STEM Webinar - For State Approving Agencies (SAAs)

October 23, 2019 8:40 AM

Join us on Wednesday, October 30 at 11:00 am and 1 pm EDT to discuss the STEM Scholarship, a provision of the Colmery Act.

Please register by COB October 28 - Registration (Registration will close when the maximum number of participants for the session is reached)

Audio Information: 1-800-767-1750
Participant Code: 44214#

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Webinar on October 31 - STEM Scholarship - For School Certifying Officials (SCOs)

October 22, 2019 1:40 PM

Join us on Thursday, October 31 at 11:00 am and 1 pm EDT to discuss the STEM Scholarship, a provision of the Colmery Act.

Please register by COB October 29 - Registration (Registration will close when the maximum number of participants for the session is reached)

Audio Information: 1-800-767-1750
Participant Code: 44214#

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Webinar Slides Are Available for the 10/2 and 10/3 - Certifying at Extension Campuses, Forever GI Bill/Colmery 107 & 501 Updates and Reminders Office Hours

 October 8, 2019 10:25 AM

The slides for the October 2 and October 3, 2019 Forever GI Bill Webinar – Office Hours are now available.  The target audience was School Certifying Officials and SAAs. 


Webinars on October 10 & 11 – VA acting as California SAA

October 8, 2019 8:15 AM

Join us on Thursday and Friday, October 10 & 11 at 11:00 am PST to provide information on VA acting as California SAA.  Please register by COB October 9 - Registration (Registration will close when the maximum number of participants for the session is reached)

Audio Information: 1-800-767-1750
Participant Code: 28674#

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Effective today VA is serving as the State Approving Agency (SAA) for California

October 1, 2019 2:50 PM

California education and training institutions should forward all approval materials (e.g., applications, updates, changes, etc.) and applicable questions to: ACLApprovals.vbamus@va.gov. Applications for program approval, renewal or amendment are now publicly available on our School Resources page.  The process and requirements for approval for GI Bill benefits are set by Federal law and VA regulations, so it will be similar to how the process worked during fiscal year 2019. 

We will be establishing a direct phone line to a member of VA’s SAA staff.  This number will be provided to you in the coming days. In the coming weeks we will be offering webinars to explain the approval process.  Additional details will be provided once the webinar schedule has been set.


Webinars 9/19 - Hybrid Courses and Section 305 Requirements

September 10, 2019 11:35 AM

Join us on Thursday, September 19 at 10a, 1p or 3p to provide information for certifying hybrid courses. Please register by COB September 18 - Registration (Registration will close when the maximum number of participants for the session is reached)

Audio Information: 1-800-767-1750
Participant Code: 44214#

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Release of the Revised School Certifying Official (SCO) Handbook

August 19, 2019 8:30 AM

Education Service is pleased to announce the updated release of the School Certifying Official Handbook. This handbook has been revised to include new information concerning how to certify hybrid courses.


Yellow Ribbon Program Information Available for 2019-2020 Academic Year

July 10, 2019 10:40 AM

The Post-9/11 GI Bill Yellow Ribbon Program 2019 - 2020 list of participating schools and rates is now available.


Release of the Revised School Certifying Official (SCO) Handbook

June 21, 2019 11:00 AM

Education Service is pleased to announce the updated release of the School Certifying Official Handbook. The Handbook has been revised to include new information pertaining to Graduate Level Training and determining Non-Standard Terms Graduate Training updates.


6/18 Webinar Slides Are Available - School Certifying Official

June 20, 2019 1:05 PM

The slides for the June 18, 2019 School Certifying Official Webinar are now available. 


Webinar 6/18 - FY 2019 3rd Quarter VBA EDU Quarterly Webinar

June 5, 2019 1:35 PM

Join us on Tuesday, June 18 at 2pm EST for the FY 2019 3rd Quarter VBA EDU Quarterly Webinar.

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Audio Information: 1-800-767-1750
Participant Code: 37639#

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Yellow Ribbon Program Open Season for School Participation Ended May 15

May 16, 2019 8:00 AM

March 25 to May 15 was the open season for the Yellow Ribbon Program for the 2019-20 academic year. Please see the Yellow Ribbon Program home page for more information.


3/26 Webinar Slides Are Available - School Certifying Official

April 1, 2019 12:45 PM

The slides for the March 26, 2019 School Certifying Official Webinar are now available. 


Yellow Ribbon Program Open Season

March 25, 2019 12:00 PM

From March 25 to May 15 we are accepting new Yellow Ribbon Program agreements, modifications to existing open-ended agreements, or agreements to withdraw from participation.  See our Yellow Ribbon Program Schools’ web page for instructions and forms.


Release of the Revised School Certifying Official (SCO) Handbook

March 20, 2019 11:05 AM

Education Service is pleased to announce the updated release of the School Certifying Official Handbook. The Handbook has been revised to include new information pertaining to Graduate Level Training (pages 55 and 56) and determining Non-Standard Terms Graduate Training updates (pages 62 and 63).


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