Undergraduate Catalog 2016-2017 [Archived Catalog]

Expenses and Financial Policy – Online Program

Robert Ritz, B.S., M.Ed., Ph.D.
Senior Vice President of Student Financial Services


Online Tuition and Fees –2016-2017

Tuition:

One Time

Per
Hour

Per
Term

Full-time
(12 or more semester hours)
  $390  
Part-time
(11 semester hours or less)
  455  
Military   250  
The Edge High School Dual Enrollment (per course)   495  
English as a Second Language – LUE Certificate Program (per class) $655    
Willmington School of the Bible   120  

Basic Fees:

Application Fee (non-refundable) $50    
Certification Completion Application Fee 50    
Readmission Application Fee 50    

Conditional Fees:

Financial Check-In Late Fee     $125
On-Campus Intensive Fee (per course) 25    
Enrollment Adjustment Fee 30    
Withdrawal Fee 50    
Graduation Application Fee 100    
Returned Payment Fee 35    
Replacement ID Card (Flames Pass) 25    
Replacement (BankMobile card) 10    

Payment Plan Fees:

Customized Payment Arrangement Fee (max)     $324
Payment Plan Participation Fee     45


Student Identity Verification:

Liberty University does not charge additional fees for student identity verification.


Experiential Learning:

Item Registration Fee Administration Fee
College Level Examination Program (CLEP) $50 $80
Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DSST) 50   80
Institutional Challenge Exam (ICE) 50   80
Portfolio Assessment   100

LIBERTY UNIVERSITY EN ESPAÑOL

For the online Liberty University en Español undergraduate degree seeking student, tuition and fees will be charged at the online standard rates. Additional financial information regarding Liberty University en Español is available on the web at http://www.liberty.edu/studentaccounts, or email luostudentaccounts@liberty.edu.

CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS
The tuition charge for each Certificate Program is the same as its corresponding Undergraduate or Graduate Degree tuition charge.

All Liberty University students are required to abide by the policies outlined in the catalog.


FINANCIAL CHECK-IN (FCI)
Financial Check-In (FCI) is Liberty University’s online system that secures financial arrangements with the University for tuition and fees, to include prior, current, and/or future balances.  All online students are required to register and complete FCI through ASIST each semester prior to attending a class or arriving on campus. Current deadlines, procedures, and payment options can be viewed on the Student Accounts webpage: www.liberty.edu/StudentAccounts. Students who do not complete FCI by the published deadline will be subject to having courses dropped and may be assessed a late Check-In fee of $125. FCI deadlines are given in Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Once a student completes Financial Check-In, all payments made prior to the beginning of the semester are held in deposit to secure the student’s class schedule, institutional grants or scholarships, and housing, as applicable.

All students are required to register and complete FCI prior to arriving on campus or attending a class.

All Online Students:  register for courses and then complete Financial Check-In.

NON-ATTENDING OR NON-RETURNING STUDENTS
If an online student decides not to attend and drops their course(s), they may request a refund of the initial payments (excluding payments covering non-refundable fees) by emailing luostudentrefunds@liberty.edu.

PAYMENTS ON STUDENT ACCOUNT
Payments on a student’s account can be made by check, ACH, money order, cashier’s check, credit/debit card, wire transfer, or online via student’s ASIST account.  Cash payments are received at Cashiering & Treasury Services located in the Student Service Center in Green Hall. A wire transfer is the process by which funds are electronically transferred immediately from a bank account into another specified bank account. It may take up to a week from the date of transfer for a wire payment to process and post to a student’s account. For more information about wire transfers, students should contact Cashiering & Treasury Services by emailing cashier@liberty.edu

A student’s account must be paid in full prior to registering for any future courses.  When a student completes Financial Check-In for a future term and then becomes delinquent in the current term, or loans are returned to the lender, the resulting balance must be resolved prior to future registration.  In this circumstance, the student should consult a Student Service Representative to discuss payment options.

Monthly account statements are sent to current students who have an outstanding account balance via their Liberty email address.

Please visit the Student Accounts webpage for current information on procedures, payment options, and schedules: http://www.liberty.edu/studentaccounts.

PAYMENT PLANS
The University may offer a student the option of paying remaining balances through a monthly payment plan as an alternative to paying in full.  Payment plan options will vary depending upon when Financial Check-In is completed.  Payment plans are interest-free and include a non-refundable $45 participation fee.  The participation fee is factored into the student’s total balance and is charged for each semester that a student participates in a payment plan.  Special payment plans with varying fees may be offered to students with delinquent balances.

Payment plans are scheduled with automatic monthly drafts.  The initial payment is due immediately upon acceptance of the payment plan and the remaining installments are automatically processed on the scheduled draft date from the established checking account or debit/credit card. 

It is the responsibility of the student to maintain current and valid bank or credit card information on their account.  Under the payment plan agreement, the student must ensure that the account has sufficient funds at the time of the scheduled drafts.  When using a debit/credit card, the student must check with the bank or credit card company that the daily spending limit can accommodate the draft amount.  The bank or credit card account must be from an institution that participates in automatic draft programs. Liberty University cannot draft payments from non-U.S. bank accounts, money markets, or trusts, home equity, or savings accounts.

It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all financial aid estimates are reflected correctly prior to the processing of the first draft.  If charges or payments are added, removed, or adjusted after the payment plan is in place which result in an increase or decrease in the remaining draft amounts, it is the responsibility of the student to review and verify any adjustments to the payment plan.  Any payment(s) made outside of the payment plan will not prevent the next scheduled draft from being processed.  The student may confirm any changes by recompleting FCI.  The system will calculate and display new draft amounts in FCI, and once completed, the FCI receipt page will display the updated draft amount(s).  If the student fails to recomplete FCI to confirm the adjusted drafts, the previously confirmed draft amount(s) will be processed.

While it remains the responsibility of the student to manage adjustments to the payment plan, Liberty University reserves the right to adjust a payment plan down as Liberty University deems it is necessary.  Liberty University also reserves the right to cancel/terminate a payment plan for any reason and/or remove a student from a financially checked-in status.  The student may also be removed from classes, have services suspended, and/or have curriculum access blocked.

CHARGEBACK FEE
If a chargeback is initiated by a student, and the Merchant findings are in favor of the University, the student’s account may be assessed a chargeback fee. The fee amount is dependent on the current credit card processor’s fee to the University.

RETURNED PAYMENT FEE
A student will be charged a $35 non-refundable returned payment fee for each returned or declined payment made via check, ACH, debit card automatic draft, and credit card automatic draft.  If a student accumulates two or more returned or declined payments within a year, the student:

  1. May be ineligible to participate in a payment plan
  2. May  not be able to make online payments via ACH

Any exceptions to the consequences above will be granted at the discretion of Student Accounts management.

Check Cashing
As a courtesy to currently enrolled students, the Cashiering & Treasury Services Office will cash checks from parents, the student’s personal checking account, or a Liberty University payroll check.

The maximum amount that may be cashed is $50 per week, and a $1 fee will be assessed for each cashed check. If a check is returned or declined for any reason, the student’s account will be charged the check amount as well as a returned payment fee. The student may lose the privilege of cashing checks with Liberty University after two offenses.  

FLAMES PASS
The Flames Pass is the official Liberty University ID card. The card can be used for meal plans, Flames Cash, campus events and recreation, authorized building entry, student discounts, and other activities and services. Once Financial Check-In is completed, the student may obtain a Flames Pass by submitting a photo online or visiting the ID & Campus Services Office. In the event the card is lost, the student may purchase a replacement for $25.

FLAMES CASH
Flames Cash is the declining balance account accessed through the Flames Pass. These funds are accepted at participating on and off-campus merchants. Flames Cash provides a convenient and secure way to carry money with no account fees, rolls over from year to year, and can be easily added and managed online.

BANKMOBILE
BankMobile is the University’s refund management third-party servicer that disburses refunds for the University. Upon completing Financial Check-In, new students are mailed a welcome packet containing a personal code from BankMobile. Using the code, students are able to choose one of three options to receive a refund.

Additional Information
Additional information about the Flames Pass, Flames Cash, and BankMobile can be found online at http://www.liberty.edu/CampusServices.

BOOKS AND SUPPLIES
Tuition and fees do not cover the cost of all course materials. Costs will vary according to the student’s course of study. The student should purchase any materials that are not covered after registration but prior to the sub-term begin date (course activation). Liberty does not guarantee that required course materials will be available after the sub-term begin date. All online course materials are available online through MBS Direct: www.mbsdirect.net/liberty.

Online students using financial aid or payment plans can pay for course materials by requesting a book voucher advance for use at MBS Direct. To estimate the amount needed for the book voucher, students should contact MBS Direct. If a student has a credit on their Liberty University student account, course materials may be charged to the student’s account by means of the online book voucher system. Students can add funds to a book voucher through Financial Check-In, which is transferred to MBS Direct for the student to use.  Any amount added to the voucher that is not covered by the student’s credit must be paid out of pocket.  Book vouchers for online students can only be used at MBS Direct.

Any online student taking a Resident or Intensive course may need to purchase their materials through the Liberty University On-Campus Bookstore.

COURSE FEES AND ONLINE CONTENT FEES
The student is responsible for paying applicable course fees, online content fees (including eBook fees), material fees, and fees charged for special elective-type courses by organizations other than the University. A list of these fees is published on the Registrar’s webpage (www.liberty.edu/registrar).

Online students who attend an intensive course may be charged a $25 intensive fee per intensive.  

ON-CAMPUS INTENSIVE FEE
Online students who attend an intensive course on campus may be charged an activity course fee.  If a student has already paid the semester activity fee in which the intensive is taken, an additional activity fee will not be charged.

WITHDRAWAL FEE
A $50 fee will be charged for the processing of an official, unofficial, or administrative withdrawal.  

GRADUATION APPLICATION FEE
All graduating students must complete a graduation application through their ASIST account. A $100 graduation application fee is automatically assessed when the application is submitted, not upon degree conferral.  This non-refundable fee is assessed for processing the graduation application and is not contingent on the student’s attendance at graduation events or activities.  

CERTIFICATE COMPLETION APPLICATION FEE
A certificate completion application fee is automatically assessed by Registrar near the time of the Certificate Completion Application, not certificate conferral. This non-refundable fee is assessed for processing.

FEE APPEAL POLICY
An online student may appeal a late Financial Check-In fee or a returned payment fee by submitting a written appeal online to the Student Accounts Office within 30 business days of the billing/notification.  The student may fill out the fee appeal form at www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=20659 and must attach all supporting documentation.  The student will receive a response within 30 days of the receipt of the appeal.

If a student would like to appeal any other charge, they may submit a written appeal to the department that assessed the charge.

ONLINE CLASS ATTENDANCE
Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of any courses the student is taking. Online students who do not attend within the first week of a course by submitting an academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic assignment) will be dropped from the course roster and will not be allowed to submit further course work. The student may appeal to their instructor to be allowed back in the course.

The student is solely responsible for any course work missed due to non-attendance. A student who presents the instructor with an adequate and documented reason for absence may be given an opportunity to make up the work missed.

Students who attend a course by submitting an academic assignment and then cease progressing toward the completion of the course will be assigned a grade of FN (Failure for Non-Attendance) during the semester.

REFUND POLICY FOR ENROLLED STUDENTS:
Enrolled qualified students can receive a refund from their student account once all obligations have been met and a credit balance remains.

Financial Check-In provides students with two credit-management options through the Authorizations page of Financial Check-In.

  • By selecting "Hold my credit" a student authorizes Liberty University to hold a Title IV credit balance for a future term.
  • By selecting "Refund my credit" a student authorizes Liberty University to release a Title IV refund to the student (in all cases except Parent PLUS loan refunds).

Credit from Title IV must be refunded via a student's selected refund preference. At the end of each academic year, all Title IV (Federal Grants and Federal Loans) credit balances must be refunded. Credit balances will ONLY be refunded to the student.

Refunds will be released by the University and disbursed by BankMobile. The student must select a refund preference according to instructions provided with the BankMobile welcome packet. Once a refund has been received by BankMobile, the funds will be made available for the student to access through the following options:

  • Deposit to another bank account.
  • Deposit to a BankMobile Vibe Account, an optional checking account serviced by BankMobile Technologies.
  • Paper check.

Title IV Refunds
(Federal Unsubsidized Loan, Federal Subsidized Loan, Federal Parent PLUS loan, Federal Pell Grant, FSEOG, etc.)

Within the Financial Check-In process, students authorize the handling of a credit balance on their student account. The funds may be held throughout the academic year and apply to any account balance, or students can authorize the credit balance to be refunded.

Title IV aid is disbursed 21 days after the student becomes eligible. Title IV refunds are processed within 14 days from when aid is disbursed.

Credits from Parent PLUS will be refunded to the loan applicant in the form of a check, unless written authorization is submitted to the Financial Aid Office stating that the refund may be sent to the student.

All refunds will be processed after the semester begins within the Federal Standard Guidelines from the time the credit appears on the students account ("credit appears" refers to financial aid disbursement - visit the Financial Aid Office homepage under the Aid Disbursements link for more information at http://www.liberty.edu/financeadmin/financialaid/index.cfm?PID=294). Any eligible credit resulting from Title IV aid may be refunded to BankMobile on the 25th day after the start of a student's sixth credit hour (third credit hour for Doctoral students), which is four days after the date of disbursement. However, Federal regulations allow Liberty University to release the eligible funds to students no later than 14 days from the date of disbursement. Student Accounts will not release a refund if the student authorizes Liberty University to hold a credit balance through Financial Check-In.

Refunds Unrelated to Title IV Aid

Students must submit a written request to receive a refund not related to Title IV aid. Written request must be sent to:


OFFICIAL WITHDRAWAL POILICY

Liberty University is committed to the success of every student and will work with each student to determine the best way to handle any financial and/or academic challenges.  The Online withdrawal categories are: administrative, military, official, and unofficial.

ADMINISTRATIVE WITHDRAWAL
An expulsion resulting from violation of the disciplinary system or any other valid reason initiated by the University which is approved by an authorized University administrator will result in an administrative withdrawal.  Grades of “W” will be recorded in all courses for which the student is registered.

MILITARY WITHDRAWAL
Online students who must withdraw due to military duties are required to send a copy of their orders and other supporting documentation to the Military Affairs Office.  Military Affairs will then review to determine if the student is eligible for an official military withdrawal. Additional information regarding military withdrawals can be found online at www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=26971.

OFFICIAL WITHDRAWAL
Students must complete and submit the Intent to Withdraw Form to Academic Advising to initiate the official withdrawal process.  Advising will begin processing the form when it is received according to University procedures.  Generally, the official withdrawal date is the date that Advising receives the Intent to Withdraw Form.

A total withdrawal is when a student ceases all active enrollment in a semester.  A partial withdrawal is when a student withdraws from the individual course(s), but has active enrollment remaining in the semester of the withdrawal.

If a student withdraws from a sub-term and is registered for course(s) in the future sub-term(s) during the semester of the withdrawal, the student must submit a letter of intent in order to remain in the future courses.  If a letter of intent is not submitted with the withdrawal, the student will be automatically dropped from the future sub-terms, resulting in a total withdrawal from the semester.

UNOFFICIAL WITHDRAWAL
The University has established a procedure in accordance with Title IV regulations, to determine if students enrolled in courses are progressing toward the completion of their courses. The Title IV regulations require universities to have a mechanism in place for determining whether or not a student who begins a course, and received or could have received a disbursement of Title IV funds, unofficially withdrew.

Students who have begun, yet cease to submit academic assignments (such as an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic assignments) during the enrollment period, will be assigned the grade of FN.  If a student receives the grade of FN for all courses in a semester and ceases attendance, an unofficial withdrawal will be processed for that semester. The withdrawal date is the last date an academic assignment was submitted during the enrollment period. A Title IV withdrawal calculation will be performed based on the withdrawal date and the student will be reported as withdrawn. Students will be notified by the Financial Aid Office regarding the results of the Title IV withdrawal calculation.

WITHDRAWAL REFUND POLICY
Depending on the student’s state of residence, there may be specific state requirements regarding withdrawal refunds. Once a withdrawal is processed, the student will need to contact Student Accounts to receive further details about their individual refund.

Students who unofficially withdraw as outlined in the Withdrawal Policy will be charged for full tuition and fees as it applies and will be responsible for any outstanding balance on his or her account.

Any student who completes the official withdrawal procedure may receive a refund of tuition according to the schedule below. In the event of a total withdrawal, mandatory fees may be prorated.

Eight-Week Courses

  1. 100% tuition will be credited if the student withdraws within the first week of the course, but before submission of the first assignment (first assignment includes the Course Requirements Checklist). The student’s request will be processed as a drop for the purpose of refunding charges only, not for Financial Aid attendance or recalculating of aid.
  2. 75% tuition will be credited if the student withdraws after submitting their first assignment and through the close of the second week of courses.
  3. 50% tuition will be credited if the student withdraws after the second week of courses, but before the close of the fourth week of courses.
  4. 25% tuition will be credited if the student withdraws after the fourth week of courses, but before the close of the sixth week of courses.
  5. No tuition will be credited after the sixth week of courses.

Fifteen-Week and Sixteen-Week Courses

  1. 100% tuition will be credited if the student withdraws within the first week of course, but before submission of the first assignment (first assignment includes Course Requirements Checklist). The student's request will be processed as a drop for the purpose of refunding charges only, not for Financial Aid attendance or recalculating of aid.
  2. 75% tuition will be credited if the student withdraws after submitting the first assignment and through the close of the fourth week of courses.
  3. 50% tuition will be credited if the student withdraws after the fourth week of courses, but before the close of the eighth week of courses.
  4. 25% tuition will be credited if the student withdraws after the eighth week of courses, but before the close of the twelfth week of courses.
  5. No tuition will be credited after the twelfth week of courses.

Seventeen Week Courses

  1. 100% tuition will be credited if the student withdraws within the first week of the course, but before submission of the first assignment (first assignment includes Course Requirements Checklist). The student's request will be processed as a drop for the purpose of refunding charges only, not for Financial Aid attendance or recalculating of aid.
  2. 75% tuition will be credited if the student withdraws after submitting the first assignment and through the close of the fifth week of courses.
  3. 50% tuition will be credited if the student withdraws after the fifth week of courses, but before the close of the ninth week of courses.
  4. 25% tuition will be credited if the student withdraws after the ninth week of courses, but before the close of the thirteenth week of courses.
  5. No tuition will be credited after the thirteenth week of courses.

Intensives: The start of the course is defined as the first day that the course begins; it is not necessarily the first day of the in-class portion of the intensive.  Some intensive courses require pre-work and/or post-work to be completed.  These courses start as soon as the pre-work begins and continue until the last day to submit post-work. Any student who completes the official withdrawal procedure may receive a refund of tuition according to the schedule below. In the event of a total withdrawal, mandatory fees may be prorated. For refund purposes, a week begins at 12:00 a.m. the morning the course starts and closes at 11:59 p.m. seven days later.

  1. One-Week Intensive
    100% - Start of course to close of the first day
    50% - Start of course to close of the second day
    25%- Start of course to close of the third day
    0% - After the close of the third day, the student is liable for all tuition.
     
  2. Two-Week Intensive
    100% - Start of course to close of the first day
    50% - Start of course to close of the third day
    25% - Start of course to close of the fifth day
    0% - After the close of the fifth day, the student is liable for all tuition.
     
  3. Three-Week Intensive
    100% - Start of course to close of the first day
    50% - Start of course to close of the fourth day
    25% - Start of course to close of the eighth day
    0% - After the close of the eighth day, the student is liable for all tuition.
     
  4. Four-Week Intensive
    100% - Start of course to close of the first day
    50% - Start of course to close of the fifth day
    25% - Start of course to close of the tenth day
    0% - After the close of the tenth day, the student is liable for all tuition.
     
  5. Five-Week through Eighteen-Week Intensives
    100% - Start of course to close of the first week, but before submission of the first assignment (first assignment includes Course Requirements Checklist).  The student’s request will be processed as a drop for the purpose of refunding charges only, not for Financial Aid attendance or recalculating of aid.
    75% - Submission of the first assignment through the close of the first quarter (1/4 of the course length)
    50% - After the close of the first quarter (1/4), but before the close of the second quarter (1/2 of the course length)
    25% - After the close of the second quarter (1/2), but before the close of the third quarter (3/4 of the course length)
    0% - After the close of the third quarter (3/4), the student is liable for all tuition.

UNPAID ACCOUNTS
Tuition, and all other costs on a student’s account are payable prior to or at the time of Financial Check-In. If a student is 10 or more days delinquent on his account, the student may be removed from classes. Failure to make financial arrangements could ultimately result in an administrative withdrawal.

Students with unpaid accounts will not be eligible to register for subsequent terms. They will also be ineligible to receive an official transcript or diploma until the account is paid in full.  If a student does not pay their balance when due, and the University retains an attorney or collection agency for collection, the student will be responsible for the fees of any collection agency, which may be based on a percentage of the debt, and all costs of collection including interest, reasonable attorneys’ fees, the University incurs in such collection effort. The student will be responsible for any collection fees incurred for collection of the balance. A 1% finance charge (12% APR) may be assessed each month on outstanding balances.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
Additional information regarding the University’s academic and administrative policies and procedures can be found on the University website at http://www.liberty.edu, http://www.liberty.edu/online, or http://www.libertyu.com.



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