As part of Liberty University’s commitment to providing excellent service to military students, we have a team of professionals available to assist you with your Tuition Assistance funding. Tuition Assistance (TA) is a government benefit offered to current service members of all branches of the Armed Forces to assist with the cost of tuition. Some Department of Defense employees and military spouses may also be eligible to receive a form of Tuition Assistance.
Here you may find information on the general process to request TA and policies for utilizing Military Tuition Assistance. Click your branch of the military below for more specific information relevant to the type of Tuition Assistance you will be using.
The process for requesting Tuition Assistance is generally the same for all branches of the military, and is outlined in the basic steps below. However, please also see the additional links at the top of this page for more information regarding the specific type of military Tuition Assistance you are using.
1. Speak with your local Education Office to ensure your eligibility for Tuition Assistance.
2. Follow their instructions for how to request Tuition Assistance for your course(s). Take note of the timeframe in which you are able to request your TA indicated in the chart below.
3. The military approves your TA request.
4. Ensure the Office of Military Affairs has received your approved TA request for processing (you may be required to submit this to us directly by fax: (434) 455-1287 or email: LUMilitary@liberty.edu).
5. The Office of Military Affairs posts the TA credit to your account and you complete Financial Check-In.
Use the quick links below to quickly navigate to the policy you would like to review.
Tuition Assistance typically only pays for tuition, and will not pay for fees (class fee, transportation fee, etc.). This may be reviewed if a base education office or branch service portal specifies on a TA authorization form or request that they are willing to do so (must include an authorizing signature).
Military Tuition Assistance (TA) regulations require accurate start and end dates on all TA authorizations. Please reference the appropriate dates for each enrollment period indicated on our Dates and Deadlines chart. For invoicing purposes, each enrollment period (sub-term A, B, C, D) will need to be listed on separate Tuition Assistance authorization forms. Please contact us with any questions.
Students using TA are often required to submit an official degree plan to their Education Office within the first 6 credit hours of their program. Undergraduate students in the Army, Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard will automatically receive a SOC DNS Student Agreement from Liberty University within this timeframe. For Army undergraduate students, this document will be automatically uploaded to your GoArmyEd account once it has been created. You may contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions about receiving your SOC DNS Student Agreement.
All other students, including graduate students and all Air Force students, may request a signed Degree Completion Plan for Tuition Assistance purposes by emailing email@example.com. Army graduate students do not need to request this, as their signed Degree Completion Plan will be automatically uploaded to the GoArmyEd portal once it has been created.
Please note: Students are required to be accepted to their program and submit all official transcripts before an official degree plan or SOC DNS Student Agreement can be generated.
Students utilizing Tuition Assistance are required to complete Financial Check-In by the deadline corresponding with their earliest term of enrollment. Online Tuition Assistance students may be eligible to receive a Financial Check-In extension when certain criteria are met. Visit our Financial Check-In guide for more information.
Per the 2014 Department of Defense Memorandum of Understanding, federal Tuition Assistance and Veterans Affairs benefits cannot be used to pay for the same course(s). Students using Post-9/11 GI Bill® are the only exception to this policy. These students may use their Veterans Education Benefits to cover the remaining balance for courses not completely covered by Federal Tuition Assistance. In this case, GI Bill funding can only be used to pay the remaining balance between the amount of funding from Tuition Assistance and 100% of the tuition charged by the university. Online military students at Liberty University are eligible to receive a discounted tuition rate. Eligible undergraduate military students are charged $250 per credit hour, which is equal to the Tuition Assistance per credit hour rate for most branches. As a result, Tuition Assistance funding typically pays 100% of the tuition for undergraduate military students, so GI Bill funding is not required. Graduate military students receive a discount that brings their credit hour charge to $275 per credit hour, which TA typically will not cover in full. When TA does not cover the full cost of tuition (for example, graduate students), military students may be able to use their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits for the remaining balance not covered by TA. Students using the Post-9/11 GI Bill will have their enrollment certified with the VA for $0 if Tuition Assistance is covering the full cost of the course(s). This will generate a Housing and Book Stipend payment for the student for the duration of the course(s). Students should keep in mind that Active Duty students and their spouses are not eligible to receive Monthly Housing Allowance (MHA)from their GI Bill benefits.
Service members may also be able to use GI Bill benefits concurrently with federal Tuition Assistance through Top Up. The Top-Up benefit may only be used with the Chapter 30 Montgomery GI Bill: Active Duty, to receive from the VA those tuition costs that exceed, or are not authorized in, the amount of TA provided to the service member by his or her military branch. The concurrent use of GI Bill benefits and TA will never exceed 100 percent of the actual costs of tuition.
The Post-9/11 GI Bill does not have a Top-Up option. However, the VA does allow students to combine these two benefits as long as the tuition does not exceed 100%. For example, if a student is approved for $250 in Tuition Assistance, the remaining $500 of the $750 course could be certified under the Post-9/11 GI Bill. This payment would be sent directly to the school and applied to the student account based on the percentage of eligibility. For more information about the Post-9/11 GI Bill, please see the Post-9/11 GI Bill webpage.
Students eligible for Veterans Education Benefits will have their enrollment certified with the VA. If Federal Tuition Assistance is applied towards a course that is certified afterwards, the certification for Veterans Benefits will be either amended (Post-9/11) to account for the Tuition Assistance, or terminated (all other GI Bill chapters) in accordance with the 2014 Department of Defense Memorandum of Understanding.
Students will be responsible to repay any Tuition Assistance funds for grades that are not deemed successful. The following grades are acceptable and will not be recouped:
- Undergraduate: C grade or higher
- Graduate: B grade or higher (- and + will be treated as just a letter grade).
Due to Tuition Assistance grade/invoicing regulations and the pre- and post- coursework that may be involved in Intensive courses, students are required to request their TA for intensive courses with start/end dates for the entire semester. (Example: You are taking a Fall 2018 intensive. You will need to put 8/27/2018 - 12/14/2018.)
Tuition Assistance authorizations must be submitted to Liberty University by the TA Form deadline associated with your term of enrollment (review our Dates and Deadlines chart for specific dates). This ensures your TA will be posted to your account by the corresponding Financial Check-In deadline. It can take 3-5 business days for a form to be processed to your account from the date it is submitted. We cannot guarantee that late forms will be processed to your account by the Financial Check-In deadline. Any late fees assessed due to late TA form submission cannot be waived.
If you are approved more TA than the amount being charged to your account, we will only post enough TA to cover your remaining eligible charges. Tuition Assistance is never refundable to the student.
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 Web site at http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.