Graduate Catalog 2014-2015 [Archived Catalog]

Expenses and Financial Policy

Don Moon, B.S.
Chief Financial Officer
Vice President for Investment Management/Risk Manager

Jeff Ford, C.P.A.
Director of Student Accounts


Resident Program Tuition and Fees 2014-2015

Doctoral Programs Per Hour
Doctor of Nursing Practice Post - BSN DNP $950
Graduate Programs Per Hour
Master of Arts in English $520
Master of Arts in Ethnomusicology 520
Master of Arts in History 520
Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling 520
Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy 520
Master of Arts in Music and Worship 520
Master of Arts in Philosophical Studies 520
Master of Arts in Professional Counseling 520
Master of Arts in Strategic Communication 520
Master of Arts in Worship Studies 520
Master of Business Administration 520
Master of Science in Biomedical Science 560
Master of Public Health 520
Master of Arts in Public Policy 520
Master of Science in Sport Management 520
Seminary Master's Degree Programs
Accelerated Master of Divinity $380
Master of Arts in Christian Ministry 380
Master of Arts in Global Studies 380
Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling 380
Master of Arts in Religion 380
Master of Arts in Theological Studies 380
Master of Divinity 380
Master of Theology 380
Seminary Block Rate: 9 - 15 credit hours per semester 2,550
Less than 9 or more than 15 credit hours per hour 380
Ph.D. and Doctorate Programs 570
Law School Per Hour Per Semester Per Year
Juris Doctor $1,499 $14,997 $29,994
College of Osteopathic Medicine Per Hour Per Semester Per Year
Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine   $14,545 $29,090
FEES One
Time
Per
Hour
Per
Semester
Per Year
Application Fee $ 50 $ $ $
Audit Fee   75    
Graduate Writing Assessment 100      
Computer Fee LUCOM 1,250      
ANNUAL FEES:
Activity Fee/Student Center Fee (All Students) $350 $700
Additional Activity Fee - Law School 100 200
Additional Activity Fee - LUCOM 300 600
Additional Activity Fee - Seminary 45 90
Additional Activity Fee – Seminary Doctoral 44 88
Additional Activity Fee - Ethnomusicology 44 88
Additional Technology Fee- Law School 334 668
Additional Technology Fee-LUCOM 250  
Laboratory Fee (years 1-3)-LUCOM   500
Malpractice Insurance Fee-LUCOM 250  
Student Health Fee-LUCOM 100  
Additional Expense:
Books (Estimate) $800 $1,600
HOUSING/ROOM & BOARD:
Housing Fees:    
    Tier 1: Residential Annex I & II 1,900 3,800
    Tier 2: Main Campus & Campus East 3 Person 2,500 5,000
    Tier 3: Quad Living, Campus East 2 Person & Commons 3,000 6,000
Dining Fees: 1,600 3,200
CONDITIONAL FEES: One
Time
Per
Hour
Per
Semester
Per Year
Vehicle Registration (max) $ $ $270  
Financial Check-in Late Fee 125      
Late Registration Fee 100      
Graduation Fee 100      
Replacement ID Card (Flames Pass) 25      
Replacement HigherOne Card 15      
Check Cashing (per check) 1      
Returned Payment Fee (per transaction) 35      
International Student Health Insurance (estimated) 978
Payment Plan Fees:
Payment Plan Participation Fee $45  
Customized Payment Arrangement Fee (max) 324  

 Online Program Tuition and Fees 2014-2015

Doctoral Programs * Per Hour
Part-time Full-Time
Doctor of Business Administration $600 $550
Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling 600 550
Doctor of Philosophy in Theology and Apologetics (Ph.D.) 600 550
Doctor of Education (Ed.D) 600 550
Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) 600 550
Doctor of Nursing Practice Post - MSN DNP 950 950
Graduate Programs
Education Specialist (Ed.S.)* $600 $550
Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling 565 520
Master of Arts in Executive Leadership 565 520
Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy 565 520
Master of Arts in Professional Counseling 565 520
Master of Arts in Worship Studies 565 520
Master of Public Health 565 520
Master of Arts in Teaching 565 520
Master of Business Administration 565 520
Master of Education 565 520
Master of Science in Accounting 565 520
Master of Science in Criminal Justice 565 520
Master of Science in Cyber Security 565 520
Master of Science in Information Systems 565 520
Master of Science in Nursing 565 520
Master of Science in Sport Management 565 520
     * Part-time if taking 5 hours or less     + Part-time if taking 8 hours of less
Seminary Programs Per Hour
Master of Arts in Christian Ministry* $350
Master of Global Studies 350
Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling* 350
Master of Arts in Religion                                         350
Master of Arts in Theological Studies                       350
Master of Divinity 350
Master of Religious Education 350
Master of Theology         350
Seminary Block Rate: 9 - 15 hours per semester 2,550
     Less than 9 or more than 15 credit hours per hour 350
Liberty University en Espanol Seminary 175

*Same rate applies to students enrolled in Liberty University en Español

FEES One
Time
Per
Hour
Per
Term
Application Fee $50 $ $
Readmission Application Fee 50    
   *D.Min. students only   20  
Graduation Application Fee 100    
Enrollment Adjustment Fee 30    
On Campus Intensive Fee – per course 25    
D.Min. Administrative Fee     50
M.A. Counseling Assessment Fee 50    
Withdrawal Fee 50    
Portfolio Assessment per course 100    
Replacement HigherOne Card 15    
Financial Check-in Late Payment Fee     125
Returned Payment Fee (per transaction) 35    
Payment Plan Participation Fee     45
Customized Payment Arrangement Fee (max)     324
Institutional Challenge Exam (ICE)
All charges listed below are per test
     Administration Fee per course 45    
     Recording Fee   15  

 

COURSE FEES
Course fees and fees charged for special elective-type courses by organizations other than the University will be paid by the student in addition to normal credit hour charges.  Course fees are published online on the Registrar’s web page at http://www.liberty.edu/registrar.


CERTIFICATE PROGRAMS
The tuition charge for each Certificate Program is the same as its corresponding Undergraduate and Graduate Degree tuition charge.


Financial Check-In (FCI)

All students are required to complete Financial Check-In through Liberty University’s online system (ASIST). Official Financial Check-In (matriculation) occurs when a student has completed Financial Check-In located online, through ASIST. The Financial Check-In system is where ALL students complete their financial arrangements with Liberty University for all tuition and fees, to include prior, current, and/or future balances.  Deadlines, specific procedures and payment options can be viewed on the Student Accounts Web Page www.liberty.edu/studentaccounts.  Students that do not complete Financial Check-In by the published deadline will be subject to having their courses and housing (if applicable) dropped and will be assessed the Late Check-In Fee.

All students are required to register and complete FCI prior to arriving on campus or attending a class.

  •  First term Residential Students: complete Financial Check-In online first, then are able to register for classes.
  •  Returning Residential Students: register for courses during the open registration period, then complete Financial Check-In online.
  •  All Online Students: register for courses and then complete Financial Check-In online.

Please visit the Student Accounts webpage for current information on procedures, payment options, and schedules: http://www.liberty.edu/studentaccounts.

INITIAL PAYMENTS FOR RETURNING STUDENTS
Once a returning student completes Financial Check-in, payments made prior to the beginning of the semester are held in deposit to secure the student’s class schedule, any institutional grants or scholarships, and campus housing, as applicable. Should the student decide not to return, the University must be notified in writing with a request for refund of the initial payments prior to the last day of drop/add.  Otherwise, after drop/add, without prior written notification, the student and money on the account are subject to the conditions described in the official withdrawal policy (explained below).


STUDENT ACCOUNT PAYMENT
Payment on a student account can be made in the form of check, money order, cashier’s check, credit card, or on-line via the student’s ASIST account. Cash payments are received at the General Cashier’s Office in the Student Service Center in Green Hall.  Students may cash checks at the cashiering windows for a fee of $1 per check.

A student’s account must be paid in full prior to registering for any future courses. The Financial Check-In system online is where students confirm their financial arrangements with Liberty University. When a student completes Financial Check-In for a future term, and then becomes delinquent in the current term, or loans are returned to the lender, the resulting balance must be resolved prior to the start of the future term.  It is in the best interest of the student, in this circumstance, to consult with a Student Accounts Representative to discuss options for resolution on account.

Monthly statements are sent by email to current and former students who have an outstanding balance on their account.  Statements are sent to the student’s Liberty email address.

CHECK CASHING
As a courtesy to our currently enrolled students, the General Cashiering Office will cash checks from the student’s personal checking account, their parent’s check, or a Liberty University payroll check.  The maximum amount for cashing is $50 and can only be cashed once a week. A fee of $1 per check will be charged for each check cashed.  If a check is returned to the University for any reason, the student’s account will be assessed the check amount as well as the Returned Payment Fee.  After two (2) offenses, the student will lose the privilege of cashing checks with Liberty University.

PAYMENT PLANS
The University offers Payment Plan options to students in the form of automatic scheduled monthly payment drafts for student account balances. A non-refundable Payment Plan Participation Fee is charged for each semester that the student participates in the Payment Plan. The installments are automatically processed on the scheduled draft date (1) from a bank account; or (2) from a debit/credit card account. No interest is charged on the outstanding balance while in a Payment Plan. Those students who enter a Payment Plan and later withdraw from the plan are still subject to the Payment Plan Participation Fee.

It is the responsibility of the student, and person financially responsible for the student’s account, to maintain current bank or credit card information and to ensure that the account has sufficient funds at the time of the scheduled draft under the Payment Plan agreement. When using a card, check with the bank or credit card company to be sure the daily spending limit is set to avoid declined payment(s) and resulting fees.  The bank or credit card account must be from an institution that participates in automatic draft/debit programs.  Liberty University cannot draft payments from non-U.S. bank accounts, money market, trust, home equity, or savings accounts.

Payment Plan options will vary depending upon when Financial Check-in is completed.


CHARGEBACK FEE
If a chargeback is initiated by a student, and the Merchant findings are in favor of the University, the student’s account will be charged a chargeback fee. The fee amount is dependent on the current credit card processors fee to the University.

RETURNED PAYMENT FEE
A student will be charged a Returned Payment Fee for any returned or declined payment made via check, automatic draft or declined credit card draft(s). After two returned or declined payments, all transactions for the remainder of the academic year can only be made by cash, money order, or certified check. Repeat offenders are subject to losing the privilege of utilizing the check payment option, and monthly payment plan options. Any future payment options will be at the discretion of the Director of Student Accounts. If a student provides invalid checking or credit card account information for their Payment Plan, the student’s account will also be subject to the Returned Payment Fee.

ONLINE CLASS ATTENDANCE
Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term.  Online students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting an academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic event) will be dropped from the course roster and will not be allowed to submit further course work.  The student may appeal to their instructor to remain in the course.

The online student alone assumes responsibility for course work missed due to non-attendance.  A student who presents the instructor with an adequate and documented reason for absence may be given an opportunity to make up the work missed. 

Online students who begin attendance by submitting an academic assignment then eventually cease progressing toward the completion of the course will be assigned a grade of FN during the semester.

HOUSING FEE
A student living in University housing is required to pay the applicable housing fee each semester depending on location and amenities. This fee covers room, and the basic resident board plan in the University dining hall.

If a student moves into the hall at check-in, and then withdraws or is allowed to move off campus (see regulations in the Student Affairs section of this publication) during the first three weeks of the semester.

If a student moves into the residence hall for the Fall semester, and then withdraws or is allowed to move off campus (see regulations in the Student Affairs section of this publication) at any point during the academic year a portion of the housing fee will be prorated back to the student’s account based on the date that the student removes items from the residence hall.

In the Spring semester, if a student does not remove items from the previous semester and withdraws but does not remove items, the student will be charged a prorated amount of the housing fee based on the date of removal of items.

Please check with the Office of Student Housing if you are considering moving off campus or withdrawing prior to the end of the academic year after check-in for the Fall.

DINING FEE
Any student living in University housing is required to pay the applicable housing & dining fees each semester (including online students that are living on campus). These fees cover housing amenities and the basic resident dining plan in the University dining hall. This requirement allows students to focus on academics and extracurricular activities rather than on basic needs such as food and shelter. The required dining plan for students living in University housing promotes healthy living, social engagement, and the residential community experience.

BOOKS AND SUPPLIES
Tuition does not cover the cost of course materials. Costs will vary according to the student’s course of study and the availability of used books. The cost of textbooks and supplies will average $700 per semester. Students should purchase materials after registration but prior to the sub-term begin date (course activation). Liberty does not guarantee that required course materials will be available after the sub-term activation date.

Resident Students: The following funds may be used by resident students when purchasing textbooks:

  • Book Dollars: awarded to new first term students upon completion of Financial Check-In. Amount of award will be determined according to the date FCI has been completed.
  • Book Vouchers: students can include funds through Financial Check-In, to be transferred to the book store as a book voucher, for the purchase of their books.
  • Flames Cash: funds can be applied to a Flames Cash Account and used at the University bookstore, as well as other approved participating merchants.  Current information can be accessed at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?pid=21106

Online Students: All course materials are available through MBS Direct.  Purchases are made online through MBS Direct at http://www.mbsdirect.net/liberty. If a student has a credit on their Liberty University student account, course materials may be charged to the student’s account by means of the online book voucher system.

PERSONAL NEEDS
Laundry, cleaning, spending money, items related to personal grooming, towels, sheets, pillow, off-campus transportation, etc., vary by individual and are the student's responsibility.

ACTIVITY FEE
All resident students are required to pay an Activity Fee each semester (Fall and Spring). This fee provides access to Liberty University activities, admission to athletic events, access to the LaHaye Student Union recreational facilities, and to help offset the cost of other resources dedicated to student activities. Regardless of residence status, all students are subject to this fee. This fee is not pro-rated for part-time students.

ON CAMPUS INTENSIVE FEE
ALL students who attend an intensive course on campus will be charged an activity course fee.


SEMINARY ACTIVITY FEE
All Seminary students are required to pay the Seminary Activity Fee each semester to help offset the cost of the Seminary’s Student Government and social events sponsored on behalf of Seminary students. Regardless of resident status, all Seminary students are subject to this fee. This fee is not pro-rated for part time students. The Seminary Activity Fee does not apply to Online students.

LAW SCHOOL ACTIVITY FEE
All Law School students are required to pay the Law School Activity Fee each semester to help offset the cost of the Law School’s Student Government and social events sponsored on behalf of law students. Regardless of residence status, all students are subject to this fee. This fee is not pro-rated for part time students.

SEMINARY CONTINUATION FEE
All Doctor of Ministry program students who are unable to take classes during a semester will be charged a $30 continuation fee. Students who remain inactive for more than three semesters will be automatically dropped from the program and will be required to reapply in order to be readmitted to the program.

SEMINARY ADMINISTRATION FEE
All Doctor of Ministry program students who enroll in at least one course each Spring, Summer, or Fall term, including the Thesis Project courses, will be charged $50 per term.

GRADUATION APPLICATION FEE
The Graduation Application Fee is automatically assessed by Registrar near the time of the Graduation Application, not degree conferral.  This fee is not contingent on the student’s attendance at graduation events and activities; it is assessed for processing the graduation application.  This fee is non-refundable.

REPLACEMENT ID CHARGE – FLAMES PASS
The Flames Pass is your official Liberty University ID card. Your card is used for meal plans, Flames Cash, campus events and recreation, authorized building entry, student discounts, and other activities and services. You may obtain a Flames Pass by submitting a photo online or visiting the Card Services Office. In the event the card is lost, the student may purchase a replacement at the cost of $25.

FLAMES CASH
Flames Cash is the declining balance account on the Flames Pass. These funds are accepted at a multitude of on and off-campus merchants. Flames Cash is a convenient and secure way to carry money with no account fees, rolls over from year to year, and can be easily added and managed online.

UNPAID ACCOUNTS
Tuition, the housing fee (applicable to on-campus students only), and all other costs for the full semester are payable prior to, or at the time of Financial Check-In. Students who do not make payment on their account within a reasonable amount of time will be denied access to the cafeteria, printing services, and library until such arrangements are made. If a student is 10 or more days delinquent on his account, the student may be removed from classes. Failure to make financial arrangements could ultimately result in removal from university housing and administrative withdrawal. 

Students with unpaid accounts will not be eligible to register for subsequent terms. They will also be ineligible to receive an official transcript or diploma until the account is paid in full. The student will be responsible for any collection fees incurred in collecting the account.  A 1% finance charge (12% APR) may be assessed each month on outstanding balances.

WITHDRAWAL FEE
A fee of $50 will be charged for the processing of an official, unofficial, or administrative withdrawal or ceasing attendance from the University.


Student Accounts Appeal Policy

A written appeal may be submitted to the department that assessed the charge.  If the disputed charge cannot be reconciled with the assessing department, a written appeal with all supporting documentation can be submitted to the Liberty University Student Accounts Office within 30 business days of the billing/notification.

  1. All pertinent information will be obtained and compiled by the Student Accounts Office.
  2. The disputed charge will be reviewed by authorized Student Accounts Representatives.
  3. A decision will be made by the authorized Representatives and the student notified.
  4. If necessary, an appeal may be reviewed by a manager and/or associate director to render a final decision.

All appeals are to be submitted online at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=20659.  All appeals will receive a response within 30 days after the written appeal has been received.

WITHDRAWAL FEE
A fee of $50 will be charged for the processing of an official, unofficial, or administrative withdrawal or ceasing attendance from the University.


Official Withdrawal Policy

Liberty University is committed to the success of every student and will work with each student to determine the best option to alleviate financial and academic challenges and get students back on track in their studies. Withdrawals from Liberty University fall under different categories: academic, administrative, medical or personal.

Please Note:  Students who must withdraw due to military deployment are required to meet with the Office of Student Accounts with a copy of their orders. They will then be referred to Military Affairs.

  • Resident Student:
    • Withdrawing from individual courses, while maintaining enrollment in others, does not constitute a total withdrawal. 
    • Students requesting to withdraw from courses during the semester must submit a Withdrawal Form to the Registrar. Generally, the withdrawal date will be the date the student submitted the form to the Registrar.
    • No refund will be issued for a student who withdraws from a residential course, and all billing hours will remain on the student’s account.
    • Intensives & Summer School

A resident student who withdraws from an on-campus intensive or summer class will be assigned a grade of “W” for that class and will be responsible for all tuition and fees.

For more information, please visit the Registrar’s webpage at http://www.liberty.edu/academics/registrar/?PID=19029.

  • Online Student:
    • Withdrawing from individual courses in a sub-term (including overlapping 16-week sub-terms) does not constitute a total withdrawal until that student has withdrawn from all courses in that sub-term (including overlapping 16-week sub-terms).
    • A student withdrawing from a sub term, when registered for course(s) within a future sub-term, must submit a letter of intent regarding any future sub-terms within the semester of withdrawal. If no letter of intent is received at time of withdrawal, the student will be automatically dropped from the future sub-terms, resulting in a total withdrawal from the semester.
    • Students requesting to withdraw must submit the Intent to Withdrawal Form to their academic advisor. This will constitute a withdrawal.  Generally, the withdrawal date will be the date the Intent to Withdrawal Form is received in advising.

Title IV Withdrawal Policy

When students withdraw from all classes in a given term, they will be subject to a proration of all federal, state and institutional aid.  This proration takes into account the total number of days that the student was enrolled.  For instance, if there are 100 days in a term, and a student withdraws on day 20, that student has earned 20% of his federal, state and institutional aid.  All remaining aid is unearned, and unearned portions of federal funds are required by law to be sent back to the federal government (34 CFR 668.22).  Please note that Liberty University institutional aid will be prorated according to the same schedule as Title IV federal student aid.  Because of these provisions, please be aware that having enough financial aid to cover your charges at the beginning of the semester does not ensure that your financial aid will completely cover your charges at the time of withdrawal.

To begin the withdrawal process: Resident Students must contact their Student Advocate; Online students must contact their Academic Advisor.   For more information on the financial repercussions of withdrawing, please contact Liberty University’s Financial Aid Office at: 1-888-583-5704

WITHDRAWAL REFUND POLICY
Resident students
are considered ‘withdrawn from the University’ if they withdraw from all courses for the semester.

  • Any resident student who withdraws from the University and completes the official withdrawal procedure will receive a refund of tuition and fees as follows:
  1. 100% will be credited if a student withdraws during the first week of classes
  2. 50% will be credited if a student withdraws during the second, third or fourth week of classes
  3. 25% will be credited if a student withdraws during the fifth through eighth week of classes
  4. No tuition or fees will be credited after the eighth week of classes
  • The dormitory fee will be charged at the rate of:
    • $200 per week for Main Campus residence halls,
    • $215 for Quad-living residence halls, and
    • $250 per week for Campus East residence halls, for any part of a week in which the student resides in the dormitory.
  • There will be no rebate for the room portion of the dormitory fee after the first three weeks;
  • The dining plan will be rebated at a flat rate of $63 per week for the unused portion of the semester. The $200 flames cash allocation of the dining plan will not be refunded. Students that have not used the flames cash portion can contact Card Services to discuss the unused balance.

An Online student who is currently enrolled in courses for a given term (including overlapping 16-week sub-terms) will be considered as totally withdrawn when that student is withdrawn from all courses in that sub-term. 

Depending on the student’s state of residence, there may be specific withdrawal refund requirements. Once a withdrawal is processed, the student will need to contact Student Accounts to receive further details about their individual refund.

Any student who completes the official withdrawal procedure may receive a refund of tuition and mandatory fees (i.e. technology and activity fees, if applicable) as follows:

  1. 100% tuition and fees will be credited if the student withdraws within the first week of the class but before submission of the first assignment (first assignment includes the Course Requirements Checklist).
  2. 75% tuition and fees will be credited if the student withdraws after submitting their first assignment and through the end of the second week of classes.
  3. 50% tuition and fees will be credited if the student withdraws after the second week of classes and before the end of the fourth week of classes.
  4. 25% tuition and fees will be credited if the student withdraws after the fourth week of classes but before the seventh week of classes.
  5. No tuition or fees will be credited after the sixth week of classes.

Intensives: A week is defined as Monday morning at 12:00a.m. through Sunday night at 11:59 p.m. This may not align with the posted deadlines.

  1. One - and Two - Week Intensives (tuition and fees credit)
     100% - Start of class to close of the first day
       50% - Start of class to close of the second day
         0% - After the close of the second day, the student is liable for ALL tuition and fees

  2. Three - Week Intensives (tuition and fees credit)
     100% - Start of class to close of the first day
       50% - Start of class to close of the third day
       25% - Start of class to close of the fifth day
         0% - After the close of the fifth day, the student is liable for ALL tuition and fees
     
  3. Four - Week Intensives (tuition and fees credit)
     100% - Start of class to close of the first day (End of drop/add period)
       50% - Start of class to close of the fourth day
       25% - Start of class to close of the seventh day
         0% - After the close of the seventh day, the student is liable for ALL tuition and fees

HIGHER ONE CARD
Higher One is the banking partner that disburses refunds for the University.   Every Liberty University student is issued a Higher One card as a tool for receiving refunds.  After completing Financial Check-In, your card is sent to the address on file in your ASIST account.  There is a charge of $15 to replace a lost card.

Additional information about the Flames Pass, Flames Cash, and the Higher One Card can be found online at http:// www.liberty.edu/cardservices.



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