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California State Approving Agency for Veterans Education (CSAAVE)

WHO IS CSAAVE:

The California State Approving Agency for Veterans Education (CSAAVE) is part of the California Department of Veterans Affairs (CalVet) and operates under the authority of the US Department of Veterans Affair (USDVA). 

As was noticed to educational institutions and training programs throughout the state on October 2, there was a delay in executing the contract renewal between the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (USDVA) and the California State Approving Agency for Veterans Education (CSAAVE), which authorizes the agency to act as the State Approving Agency for California. We anticipate the contract to be in place early next week. 

CSAAVE AUTHORITY:

CSAAVE is responsible for the oversight and approval of California institutions offering education programs, apprenticeship and on-the-job training, and license and certification exams.  Institutions that elect to participate in GI Bill® education and training must comply with the Code of Federal Regulations, as well as all federal, state and local laws.  CSAAVE is tasked with ensuring that your earned benefits are protected.  The CSAAVE mission is to protect the GI Bill by preventing waste, fraud and abuse of GI Bill money, by promoting quality education through evaluating and monitoring education and training programs offered in California. CSAAVE is also charged with making sure that GI Bill benefits remain available to you and all future Veterans. 

Actions initiated by CSAAVE include:

  • Approval:

    • CalVet may approve the application of an accredited or nonaccredited school, training facility or establishment, when the school, facility, or establishment and its programs are found to have met the criteria and additional reasonable criteria prescribed by law. 

The effective day of approval is the determination of compliance with all requirements, which includes a review of the application and onsite evaluation, when required.

  • Suspension: 

    • CalVet may issue suspension when the evidence of record establishes that the course or licensing or certification test fails to meet any of the requirements for approval.  Suspension is a temporary act that allows a school or facility 60 days to correct noted deficiencies, pursuant to 38 CFR 21.4259 (a)(1). 

  • Disapproval:

    • CalVet will immediately disapprove a course or licensing or certification test, if any of the requirements for approval are not being met and the deficiency cannot be corrected within a period of 60 days, pursuant to 38 CFR 21.4259 (a)(2).

  • Denial:

    • CalVet will deny the application of a school or a program, when it fails to include all relevant and required information for a grant of approval.

USDVA AUTHORITY:

The GI Bill is administered by the USDVA, whose responsibility it is to make all determinations related to Veteran education benefit eligibility and payments.  The USDVA regulates entitlements paid to Veterans and performs all calculations.  CalVet is unable to answer questions or provide assistance with issues regarding eligibility or payment of VA education benefits. 

WHAT DOES CSAAVE DO:

The primary function of CSAAVE is to review, evaluate, and approve quality educational and training programs for Veteran's benefits.  Under the provisions of Chapters 30, 32, 33, and 35 of Title 38, United States Code, Chapter 1606 of Title 10, United States Code, and Chapter 1607 of Title 10, United State Code CSAAVE approves programs offered by the following types of schools and training establishments:

  • Colleges and Universities

  • Vocational Schools

  • Business Schools

  • Professional Schools

  • Licensing and Certification Tests (If required for certification or licensure in an occupation. The cost of the license or test may be reimbursable using GI Bill benefits).

  • Apprenticeships

  • On-the-Job Training (OJT)

  • Flight Schools

Educational training programs must lead to a degree or vocational objective, in order to qualify for approval.  Programs solely for the purpose of upward mobility, continuing education or courses such as bartending, personal development, avocational or recreational in character are specifically prohibited from approval by law.  CSAAVE approval is required for each program or course of education into which a school wishes to enroll veterans and other eligible persons.  If a school operates a branch or extension facility, sites must be approved separately.

CSAAVE does not approve the following education or training programs:

Schools approved for the training of veterans and other eligible persons may be found by visiting the following link to the VA public search page:  http://inquiry.vba.va.gov/weamspub/searchInst.do.  

Approved Licensure and Certification examinations may be found by visiting the following link to the VA public search page:  http://inquiry.vba.va.gov/weamspub/buildSearchLCCriteria.do

Schools officials may obtain information on how to gain CSAAVE approval at the following link:  https://www.calvet.ca.gov/CSAAVE/Pages/Education-Providers.aspx 

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

  • CSAAVE authority and oversight is specific to schools, facilities and training establishments for the training of veterans and other eligible persons.

  • CSAAVE is unable to provide assistance with questions regarding eligibility or entitlement, benefits for which you may qualify, or questions related to payment administered by the VA.

  • CSAAVE does not have access to veteran service-connected information or records.

  • Only the USDVA can provide assistance or address questions related to eligibility or payment.

  • All questions regarding eligibility and payment of GI Bill benefits must be directed to the USDVA at 1-888-GIBILL1.

  • To file a complaint regarding a school, facility or establishment please visit the VA GI Bill feedback system at the following link: http://www.benefits.va.gov/GIBILL/Feedback.asp.

CalVet's Division of Veterans Services administers a number of special programs, benefits and services for California veterans and their families. For personalized assistance in learning about your veteran benefits, or for help filing a claim for benefits, contact your local County Veterans Services Office or visit CalVet's website at:  https://www.calvet.ca.gov/calvet-programs/veteran-services.

If you have questions about CSAAVE or need additional assistance, please email us at: csaaveinfo@calvet.ca.gov.

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California State Approving Agency for Veterans Education (CSAAVE)