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Beginning in Fall 2018, Liberty University is integrating Inclusive Access (IA) into all undergraduate online courses.
What is Inclusive Access (IA)?
Formerly referred to as the Direct Integration Model (DIM), IA allows faculty to adopt electronic course content which is directly embedded into Blackboard for most online undergraduate courses.
IA is not just a physical text or an “e-book.” It is an integrated learning platform that provides students with all required course content, which is accessible on any device at any time.
Students will receive a better user experience by accessing required readings, course materials, and assessments through embedded links.
The IA fee is $38 per credit hour, which will be assessed when a student registers for a course with IA. The IA fee will be waived for online undergraduate students taking online undergraduates courses.
What are the benefits?
Courses with IA will provide comprehensive instructional materials and adaptive courseware platforms.
If a course with IA also includes physical material/text, the IA fee will cover the cost of the traditional printed texts, other required materials, certain required instructional supplies, and shipping and return fees. Liberty will procure these materials for students and send them to the student by the Saturday before classes begin.
Some printed texts will be sent to the student for the duration of the course and must be returned upon conclusion of the course or as soon as the student withdraws from the course.
Students gain access to IA and the required course materials on Day 1 of the course.
When is the IA Fee Waived?
The IA fee will be waived for online undergraduate students taking online undergraduate courses.
Residential students and online graduate students do not qualify to have the IA fee waived if they take a course that includes IA.
If you are eligible for the waiver, you will see a charge for the Inclusive Access Fee and the Inclusive Access Waiver as a payment applied to your account during Financial Check-In.
Update: Beginning in the Fall 2018 semester, Liberty University is moving to Inclusive Access for online undergraduate students, providing free access to all required textbooks and materials. As a result of this benefit to students, the military book voucher will no longer be available after the Summer 2018 semester.
Qualified undergraduate online military service members, veterans, and military spouses (as defined by Liberty University) are given a military book voucher worth $100-$400 based on the number of courses taken per semester. Only online undergraduate courses qualify. This is provided as a free benefit from Liberty to undergraduate military students, and is not based upon any outside aid. Students may utilize their book voucher through MBS Direct.
Undergraduate military students enrolled in an online degree program are eligible to receive this benefit. Please review the LUO Military Benefits guide for more information.
The number of credit hours enrolled per semester will determine the book voucher award:
3-5 credit hours: $100
6-8 credit hours: $200
9-11 credit hours: $300
12+ credit hours: $400
Only online undergraduate courses qualify for the military book voucher, and only these courses are used to determine benefit eligibility and the amount awarded.
Once a “D” grade or higher is given for a course, the course can only be taken one more time and receive Financial Aid. After that, no Financial Aid will be given for that course, to include the Military Book Voucher. If there are military-related reasons why a book voucher is needed for a course more than twice, the Office of Military Affairs can review an appeal accompanied by supporting military documentation upon request.
Availability: Book vouchers start becoming available approximately 40 days prior to the start date of the first course each semester. There may be an additional 2-3 business days of processing time before the voucher is fully released on the student account, upon enrollment in courses. Your book voucher information will be sent to your Liberty email account as soon as the funds are available for you to use on MBS Direct.
Book Voucher Rollover: Book vouchers cannot be rolled over to future semesters. Book vouchers given for a certain term can only be used for that semester. Liberty University cannot assign or roll the book voucher to future or previous semesters.
Dropped Courses: Courses dropped before the start date will result in a cancellation of the book voucher credit. If you have used the voucher and you drop a course, a charge will be added to your account to recoup that portion of your book voucher.
Non-Transferable: The book voucher award is attached to the recipient's Student ID and is intended for use by the recipient only. Book voucher awards cannot be transferred, shared, or given to another individual.
On-Campus Bookstore: Military book vouchers cannot be used at the Liberty University Bookstore on campus. It can only be used through the Online Bookstore, MBS Direct.
Online Content Fees: When you sign up for a course that requires an online content fee, you will see a corresponding course fee charged to your student account. A portion of your military book voucher credit will be automatically applied to cover this fee when the voucher is released to your account approximately 40 days prior to the start date of the course.
Unused Book Voucher: Unused book voucher funds will be zeroed out at the end of the term and cannot be reimbursed to the student.
Questions? Please contact a Military Benefits Representative for assistance.