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Provisions for Aftermath of Government Shutdown

As of 17 October 2013, the President signed a bill ending the Government shutdown.  As the government resumes operations, Tuition Assistance is likely to be reinstated in time for funding to be approved for our Fall D Sub-term, beginning 21 October.

Liberty University is offering support to military students in the wake of the government shutdown. Even now, with these operations commencing, some students are still affected by the halt in Tuition Assistance (TA) funding. Liberty is encouraging students to apply for the military and veteran funding that they are now eligible to receive, and is committed to cover the remaining need. Liberty University has pledged up to $5 million to ensure the needs of our service member students are met and they can continue with their education without delay.

Liberty University is extending additional time to our students to secure funding for Fall “D” course(s).  Our counselors are prepared and available to assist in meeting these needs and answering any questions. Our current Financial Check-In deadline is 11:59 p. m. 19 October 2013, however students who are still waiting on Tuition Assistance funding to come through will have a deferred Financial Check-In window and may begin course(s) on Monday while awaiting the approval of TA funding.

  • Apply for Tuition Assistance (TA): For students enrolled in the Fall D term, it is important to apply for TA immediately, and submit your authorization to the Office of Military Affairs as soon as it is issued, fax: (434) 455-1287, email: luomilitary@liberty.edu.
  • Establish Alternate Sources of Funding: In the case that TA is unavailable for the Fall D term, please establish alternate sources of funding to supplement your need.
    • GI Bill: Most service members and veterans will still qualify for the Post-9/11 GI Bill and/or Montgomery GI Bill. We encourage you to apply for the chapter of benefit that you are eligible to receive, so that you may easily utilize this benefit, as needed. Please visit our Veterans Benefits page for additional details and to apply for your benefits.
    • Military Scholarships: Several scholarships are available for students who qualify. Please visit our military scholarships page for details and criteria for each source of aid.
    • Federal Financial Aid: Complete the 2013-2014 FAFSA to apply for federal aid. There are some indications that the FAFSA Data Retrieval Tool was not working on October 1st, however, most U.S. Department of Education web resources appear to be working for our students.
    • Virginia Students:
  • Provisions from Liberty for Remaining Needs:
    • For students enrolled in the Fall D term who are eligible for TA but cannot receive funding for this term due to the government shutdown, Liberty will provide for the remaining need after all alternative funding sources are exhausted.
    • The financial check-in deadline has been deferred until after the start date to allow time for funding to be issued.
    • A needs assessment will be completed after the start of the term to determine each students need so that Liberty University’s Office of Military Affairs can apply the aid to each account to meet the needs.

If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Military Affairs. Counselors are standing by to help you Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-9 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m.-6 p.m. EST.

Updated 18 October 2013

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