veterans education programs

The Rhode Island Office of Higher Education (RIOHE) is the administrative arm of the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education. RIOHE serves as the State Approving Agency (SAA) for veterans education programs in Rhode Island. To ensure that the quality of education meets both state and federal guidelines, the SAA evaluates and approves all vocational, educational, and professional programs. The SAA conducts annual on-site supervisory visits to approved institutions and to schools seeking approval. Approved certificate and degree programs can be found in institutions of higher learning (colleges and universities), in non-degree institutions (proprietary and career schools), and in certain programs offered in other settings (e.g., police academies, hospitals).

Veterans or other eligible persons seeking information regarding veterans benefits should contact the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) Education Customer Service Office at (888) 442-4551 or visit the DVA website at The DVA can also provide information regarding apprenticeship and on-the-job training (OJT) programs. The Providence Regional DVA Office can be reached at (800) 827-1000.

Schools, colleges, universities, and program directors seeking information regarding programs or program approval should contact Deanna Velletri either by phone at (401) 456-6010 or by email at

Information about specific approved programs can be obtained through the contact persons listed for each institution in this directory.

The Rhode Island Office of Higher Education has developed this directory of programs approved for veterans benefits. However, program offerings change, and an institution or program may have applied for approval since this site was established. If you have a question about an institution or program not listed, contact the Rhode Island Office of Higher Education at (401) 456-6010.

Certificate and Degree Programs Offered at RI's Colleges and Universities
Certificate Programs Offered at RI's Proprietary and Career Schools
Other Approved Programs Offered in RI
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
The Post-9/11 Veterans Education Assistance Act of 2008 Background and Historical Information
Rhode Island'S Public System Of Higher Education Opens Its Doors To Veterans

Other Related Websites

U.S. Department of Education
Rhode Island Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
For more information, please contact one of the following:
For Certificate and Degree Programs

Deanna Velletri
Rhode Island Office of Higher Education
The Shepard Building
80 Washington St. Suite 524
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: 456-6010
Fax: (401) 456-6028

For Veterans Benefits and Training Programs

Providence Veterans Affairs Regional Office
380 Westminster Mall
Providence, RI 02903
Phone: (800) 827-1000

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Last Updated August 30, 2007