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NC State Approving Agency

The North Carolina State Approving Agency (NCSAA) for Veterans and Military Education is an independent state agency funded by federal contracts. NC SAA is affiliated with the University of North Carolina System, and the UNC System Office acts as its trustee.  NCSAA was established by statute in 1947 to approve educational programs and determine which of those programs were appropriate for veterans to enroll in and utilize their VA educational benefits. The Agency now approves courses and programs at over 300 institutions, supervises institutions for compliance with federal and state guidelines and ensures that the interests of the state are preserved.


NC SAA Mission

To provide quality instruction, appropriate administration, and fair and equitable practices for every veteran (and every eligible person) who enters an NC SAA approved educational program.



  • Approve educational courses and programs to be pursued by veterans and eligible persons
  • Supervise educational institutions for compliance with federal and state guidelines
  • Ensure the interests and prerogatives of the state are preserved in both processes



  • Evaluate educational programs for approval
  • Provide written evaluations and approvals to DVA and the institutions


Inspections and Supervisions

  • Visit and inspect each active educational institution annually
  • Confirm compliance for approved courses and programs


Reports and Records

  • Provide written reports to DVA (Approval-Visit-Compliance reports, others as requested)
  • Maintain records and files for the state of North Carolina


Administration, Outreach, and Liaison

  • Provide administrative support for the UNC System Office, the state, and DVA
  • Provide Outreach and Liaison within the state and nationally



Search SAA Approved Programs
NC Specific Requirements
GI Bill® - U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs


Contact Us

Contact for official requests for action and general correspondence.
Jay Fitzgerald Executive Director | 919-237-7937
Cassandra Mangrich-Smith Office Manager | 919-237-7932
Maegan Hoss Program Specialist | 919-237-7933
John G. Rice Program Specialist | 919-237-7936




PO Box 13628, TW Alexander Drive
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
Phone 919-237-7932

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