Division of Veterans Affairs and State Approving Agency

​The Maryland Higher Education Commission serves as the official State Approving Agency (or SAA), an approving authority for the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs.


The SAA has approved and supervises over 400 postsecondary institutions that are legally operating in Maryland, including public and private colleges, universities, community colleges, training academies, high schools and private career schools.

In order for a veteran, reservist or dependent to use their GI Bill® benefits, the program must be approved by a State Approving Agency.

The Maryland State Approving Agency for Veterans Education Programs has been designated by the Maryland Higher Education Commission to approve programs in accordance with the standards and provisions of Chapters 30, 32, 33, 34, 35, and 36 of Title 38, U.S.C., and Chapters 1606 and 1607 of Title 10, U.S.C..


  • To promote and safeguard quality education and training programs for all Veterans and other eligible persons.
  • To increase the awareness of every Veteran, Service Member and/or eligible dependent concerning the full range of both educational and training opportunities available in the State of Maryland.
  • To protect the GI Bill® resources available for those programs.

**Resources for School Certifying Officials** 

Maryland Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA)

MDVA - State Resource Guide

Note: For applications, forms and other requests, please contact us via our general e-mail inbox. 

Hours of Operation:  Monday through Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm


MHEC Switchboard Operator   410-767-3300 or 800-974-0203 -- Fax 410-332-0270

State Approving Agency Staff Position Title Phone Email
Trish Gordon-McCown Associate Director, Veterans Affairs 410-767-3098 trish.mccown@maryland.gov
Olayta Rigsby Veterans Affairs Analyst 410-767-3067 olayta.rigsby@maryland.gov
Wayne Holmes ​Veterans Affairs Analyst ​410-767-
Tiffany Lebron                         Administrative Assistant           410-767-        tiffany.lebron@maryland.gov

“GI Bill®” is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government website at www.benefits.va.gov/gibill​