ELI Resources

The English Language Institute

Costs & Tuition


16-week Academic Preparation Program and "Bridge Program"

The English Language Institute cost chart below includes all basic and additional expenses.

Health insurance is required for all international students. This charge will be removed if the student submits proof of adequate insurance coverage for the entire semester to the Office of International Admissions prior to the third Monday of the semester.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the International Admissions Office at international@liberty.edu or by calling (434) 592-4118.

2016-2017 Costs

Basic expenses

  Fall 2016 Spring 2017
Application fee $40 $40
Housing* $2,650 $2,650
Freedom Dining Plan $1,750 $1,750
Tuition $5,100 $5,100
Mandatory fees $1,010 $1,010
Total basic expenses $10,550 $10,550

* Fall & Spring Room and Board charges are estimated based on dorms on The Hill and South Tower housing options on Main Campus.

Note: New ELI students under the age of 21 are required to reside in campus housing. 

Additional estimated expenses

Health insurance **(required)  $380  $520
Books and supplies  $0  $0
Miscellaneous  $500  $500
Total estimated additional expenses  $880  $1,020

 ** Approximate health insurance fee.

Approximate TOTAL (basic + additional expenses)

  $11,430 $11,570


Payment plan options

Liberty understands the financial challenges students may face when paying for an education in the United States. For this reason, Liberty offers several payment plan options.

Students with a major credit card or a U.S. bank account may choose one of several payment options, some of which extend through the semester. Email studentaccounts@liberty.edu for additional information.

The Office of International Students assists first-time international students who wish to set up an account at a local bank. Students must bring a bank draft, traveler’s check or cashier’s check payable to themselves in order to open a bank account upon arrival. 

Students may also send funds to Liberty University by wire transfer. Please contact the International Student Office at international@liberty.edu for more information.

Community Program

The ELI offers a variety of tutoring services and community classes based on demand.  Contact the eli@liberty.edu to get more information!

Test of English Proficiency

Students who complete ELI do not need the TOEFL to enter Liberty's undergraduate program. However, students applying for Liberty University's graduate program will need to earn a 100 on the TOEFL IBT. 

Undergraduate Admissions

International students must submit one of the following documents to be accepted to Liberty’s undergraduate program:

  1. A TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 61 on the Internet-based TOEFL (or equivalent) is required for undergraduate admissions. The University institutional code for the TOEFL is 5385; or
  2. IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 5.5 is required for undergraduate admissions; or
  3. PTE (Pearson Test of English) score of 44 is required for undergraduate admissions.

Graduate Admissions

International students must submit a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 80 on the Internet-based TOEFL (or equivalent) to be accepted into a graduate program at Liberty University.  An IELTS or PTE score is considered on a case-by-case basis.