The Liberty University Financial Aid Office coordinates and administers the financial aid programs for the University. The Liberty University School of Law Office of Financial Aid works with the University Financial Aid and Student Accounts Offices in order to communicate the financial aid programs and services offered at Liberty University School of Law to prospective and current law students.
The student is primarily responsible for the cost of higher education. A student who needs financial assistance is expected to contribute a reasonable portion of the funds needed for educational expenses.
Financial assistance is available to eligible students to help meet education-related expenses. The types of financial aid available include grants, loans, scholarships, and employment. Grants and scholarships are “gift aid” and need not be repaid. Loans must be repaid to the lender over an extended period, typically after the student leaves school. Employment offered as a type of financial aid is paid at a pre-determined rate for work actually performed.
Anyone who applies to Liberty University School of Law and is interested in federal financial aid must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to ensure maximum institutional and federal financial assistance. The results of the FAFSA analysis will be received electronically by the University Financial Aid Office. The original Student Aid Report will be sent to the applicant.
All applicants for financial aid are required to
1. Apply for admission to Liberty University School of Law.
2. Be degree candidates.
3. Complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) with the United States Department of Education by March 1, our priority deadline, of each year in which financial aid is desired.
Applicants should contact the law school's Coordinator of Financial Aid if their FAFSA is selected for verification.
For further information, contact the School of Law Office of Financial Aid at 434-592-5300 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS
The Financial Aid Office of Liberty University administers Title IV funds and Liberty University institutional aid. This office is required to develop and implement policies by which academic progress is evaluated and monitored. Students must meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy (PDF) requirements annually to continue to receive Federal and institutional aid. The standards against which applicants for and recipients of financial aid are measured include qualitative, quantitative, and maximum time frame measurements. The academic record of each student is reviewed at the end of the fall, spring, and summer terms of every year. Some scholarships offered to law students may have more stringent standards for continued eligibility.
A student who is placed on financial aid suspension may appeal this decision. To appeal the financial aid suspension, a student must submit to the University's Director of Financial Aid the Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeal Form along with a signed and dated letter of appeal explaining why s/he should not be suspended. The student must also have supporting documentation from an objective third-party professional (e.g. physician, counselor, lawyer, social worker, teacher, religious leader, death certificate, divorce decree, etc.). Family members of the student, friends, and Liberty University employees are not considered an acceptable third party.
• Federal Student Loans:
Federal unsubsidized student loans are not based on financial need; and students are responsible for all interest. Interest may be paid by the student now or later when it has accrued and capitalized. Law students enrolled at least half-time may be eligible to borrow up to $20,500 per year.
Federal Grad PLUS loans are non-need based and are offered to graduate level students to cover any additional educational expenses. The Grad Plus loan is credit based and can be added up to a student’s cost of attendance. To apply for the Grad PLUS, visit www.studentloans.gov.
Liberty University's Financial Aid Office will determine eligibility based on the student's FAFSA and other awards for the applicable aid year. An applicant must be a U.S. citizen or an eligible non-citizen resident of the United States.
Applicants applying for federal student loans must complete the FAFSA and will be notified of loan eligibility in their financial aid award letter. The first-time borrower at Liberty University must complete the Online Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note (MPN) at www.studentloans.gov. There is no official deadline to apply for student loans; however the applicant should apply as soon as possible. Instructions to complete the online Entrance Counseling and to apply for student loans can be found at www.liberty.edu/direct.
• Private Loans:
Private loans are not federally regulated loans and should only be used to cover necessary educational expenses. Private loans are non-need based loans with variable interest rates based on credit score and other factors. Borrowers should always consider using a co-signer to increase chances of approval and potentially lower the interest rate. Repayment for some private loans can be deferred while in school, but it is up to the student to determine the terms and conditions with their chosen lender. Students can apply for private loans by visiting www.liberty.edu/direct and selecting the “Private Student Loan Listing (ELM Select)” link.
Law students interested in employment must submit a School of Law Work Request Form to the Director of Student Affairs prior to beginning work. The School of Law must receive, and the Dean must approve, a Work Request Form each semester in which a position of employment is desired. Forms may be obtained from and submitted to the Director of Student Affairs.
• Employment and Academic Workload Policy
Full-time student status is required for the duration of each and every semester in which the student is enrolled. Liberty University School of Law offers a three-year, full-time program leading to conferral of the degree of Juris Doctor. The expected workload for a full-time law student is at least 60 hours per week. All employment must be approved in writing by the Dean, and in no circumstances may a full-time student work more than 20 hours during any week in which school is in session.
Federal Work-Study provides on-campus employment opportunities in the School of Law and other areas on campus. This program provides part-time jobs for students who have financial need as established by the FAFSA. Note that Federal Work-Study cannot be included as payment during Financial Check-In.
Applicants interested in on-campus employment must complete the FAFSA and request to be considered for Federal Work-Study. Applicants must complete the Student Application and Background/Reference form and submit these to the Human Resources Office. The forms can be found at www.liberty.edu/jobs. Once completed, these can be mailed, faxed (434-582-7338) or emailed to email@example.com.
The University will not locate employment opportunities for the applicant. If seeking employment opportunities, the applicant must locate employment positions either on the Department of Human Resources’ website or in the Department of Human Resources’ on-campus office.
•Law Research Assistantships
Law students entering their second or third year may also be considered for law research assistantships. These positions provide financial compensation for valuable work experience and are normally publicized through the School of Law.
Service members, veterans, and military dependents who desire counseling regarding veteran and/or military benefits should contact the Office of Military Affairs for further information at (855) 355-4947 or (434) 592-5990, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or via chat, www.liberty.edu/chat.
ADJUSTMENTS TO FINANCIAL AID
Students who withdraw during a term will be subject to adjustments in their financial aid. Title IV recipients are subject to the withdrawal policies and procedures of the Federal Student Financial Aid Handbook. The Handbook requires a calculation to determine what amount (if any) of the Title IV Funds must be returned to the appropriate Student Financial Aid Programs.
The adjustments in charges for a student withdrawal are based upon the University’s refund policy and may result in an outstanding balance on the student’s account that will be due and payable at the time of withdrawal.
Contact the School of Law Office of Admissions and Financial Aid for further information at 434-592-5300 or by email at email@example.com.