Our mission

The West Virginia Office of Veterans Education and Training (WV OVET) strives to ensure that every veteran, National Guard member and Reservist in West Virginia is aware of and has full and fair access to high quality, ethically administered education and training programs that can help them reach their full potential.

We inspect, review, approve, and monitor programs of educational institutions, training establishments, and licensing and certification testing agencies. We provide in-depth technical assistance and training, outreach efforts, and liaison with related organizations, agencies, and individuals within West Virginia. We work in accordance with the provisions of Titles 10 and 38, United States Code, and applicable West Virginia laws and regulations.

Who we serve

We work with veterans, active duty service members, National Guard members, Reservists, and eligible dependents. We assist them in utilizing their military and veterans education benefits. Additionally, we assist school certifying officials, employer certifying officials, military education officers, and West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance staff in providing education and training opportunities to military service members and their eligible dependents.

History and background

State approving agencies were established by an act of Congress in 1947 to ensure that eligible veterans, dependents, National Guard members and reservists utilize GI Bill educational benefits in vetted programs. The primary function of WV OVET is to review, evaluate, and approve quality education and training programs for veterans’ benefits. Programs that can be approved include institutions of higher learning (colleges and universities), non-college-degree institutions (vocational and technical schools), apprenticeship programs, on-the-job training programs, flight schools, and licensing and certification testing programs.

WV OVET reviews the appropriateness of each program relative to West Virginia’s standards and laws in addition to applicable Federal rules and regulations. OVET also assists employers in developing training programs to meet approval criteria so that veterans can receive their benefits while employed in an approved OJT or Apprenticeship program.

Rules and Regulations

WV OVET operates under a contract with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). As such, OVET has its foundation in federal law, Title 38 U.S. Code (USC). We are housed within the West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission, a state agency, and maintain the state’s authority to approve or disapprove veterans’ education and training programs. We also serve to prevent abuses and promote equality in veterans’ education by evaluating and monitoring education and training programs.

The Code of Federal Regulations [38 CFR 21.4151(b)] summarizes OVET responsibilities under the law:

  • to inspect and supervise schools and training establishments within West Virginia;
  • to determine those programs of education and training which may be approved for veterans and other eligible persons; and
  • to determine whether a school or training establishment at all time complies with established standards relating to the approved programs.

The USC further requires us to cooperate with the VA and pay particular attention to:

  • enforcing approval standards;
  • enforcing enrollment restrictions, and
  • identifying fraudulent or misleading practices and other similar issues by persons connected with educational institutions and training establishments where veterans are enrolled.
  • Post 9/11 GI Bill – Chapter 33
  • Montgomery GI Bill – Active Duty (MGIB) – Chapter 30
  • Montgomery GI Bill – Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) – Chapter 1606*
  • Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) – Chapter 1607* – this benefit chapter was “sunset” in 2015
  • Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA) – Chapter 35
  • Educational Assistance Test Program (Section 901) – LACAS

If you are eligible under Chapters 30, 33, 35, or 1606 (as determined by the VA or the Department of Defense), you can receive benefits as follows: http://www.gibill.va.gov/GI_Bill_Info/rates.htm

* Contact your Reserve / National Guard unit to verify your eligibility for Chapter 1606 benefits since these are both programs administered by the Department of Defense.