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How Does a Foreign School Get a Course VA-Approved?

Q: Hi I’m trying to get some help with using my Post 9/11 GI Bill in the UK and I’m hitting a brick wall at every turn when trying to talk to the VA. All the universities I’m looking at are approved, but the program I want (MA Archaeology) hasn’t been approved at 90% or more of them. My question is this, do you have any advice in trying to go through this approval process, because the lack of information or help on the VA’s end is really frustrating.

A: Being 10% of the universities do have an approved master’s program in Archaeology, it leads me to believe that it is not an issue at the VA. If it was, they most likely would not have approved any archeology master programs.

I think the issue lies with the universities not sending in an approval request to the VA asking for approval of that particular program, so student can use their Post 9/11 GI Bill to attend. As you are finding out, just because a university is VA-approved, it does not mean all their programs are approved.

Of course the easy answer is to choose one of the 10% whose program is already approved, but most likely that is at one of the universities you do not want to attend. The other option is to pick out one or two universities and ask them to send an approval request to the VA to get their master’s program in archeology approved. They can see the approval process by going to this VA’s website page.

It really isn’t a VA issue which is probably why you are hitting a brick wall – it is a college issue needing to go through the VA’s approval process.

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