Robert Ritz, B.S., M.Ed., Ph.D.
Executive Vice-President of Finance
Ashley Ann Reich, M.A., Ed.S.
Vice President of Student Financial Services
1The B.S.N.-M.S.N. Dual Degree program is formatted in a way in which students enrolled specifically in this program will earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Science in Nursing concurrently.
Basic Fees (Mandatory):
Payment Plan Fees:
Student Identity Verification:
The tuition charge for each Certificate Program is the same as its corresponding Undergraduate or Graduate Degree tuition charge.
All Liberty University students are required to abide by the policies outlined in the catalog.
FINANCIAL CHECK-IN (FCI)
Financial Check-In (FCI) is Liberty University’s online system that secures financial arrangements with the University for direct charges like tuition and fees, to include prior, current, and/or future balances. All online students are required to register and complete FCI each semester prior to attending a class or arriving on campus. Current deadlines, procedures, and payment options can be viewed on the Student Financial Services webpage: http://www.liberty.edu/financeadmin/studentfinances/. Students who do not complete FCI by the published deadline will be subject to having courses dropped and may be assessed a late Financial Check-In fee of $125. FCI deadlines are given in Eastern Standard Time (EST).
Once a student completes FCI, all payments made prior to the beginning of the semester are held in deposit to secure the student’s class schedule, institutional grants or scholarships, and housing, as applicable.
All online students: register for courses and then complete FCI.
NON-ATTENDING OR NON-RETURNING STUDENTS
If an online student decides not to attend and drops their course(s), they may request a refund of the initial payments (excluding payments covering non-refundable fees) by emailing email@example.com.
PAYMENTS ON STUDENT ACCOUNT
Payments on a student’s account can be made by check, ACH, money order, cashier’s check, credit/debit card, online via the student’s ASIST account, or through Liberty's International payment portal (for international students only). Liberty University cannot process payments from non-U.S. bank accounts, money markets, trusts, home equity, or savings accounts. Cash payments are received at Cashiering & Treasury Services located in the Student Service Center in Green Hall. Liberty accepts international payments through Liberty's International Payment Portal (https://www.flywire.com/pay/liberty) powered by Flywire.
By using Liberty's International payment portal, the student can:
Execute, track, and confirm international payments online
A student’s account must be paid in full prior to registering for any future courses. When a student completes FCI for a future term and then becomes delinquent in the current term, financial aid is removed or reduced on the account, the resulting balance must be resolved prior to future registration. In this circumstance, the student should consult a Student Accounts Contact Center Agent to discuss payment options.
Monthly account statements are sent to current students who have an outstanding account balance via their Liberty email address.
Please visit the Student Financial Services webpage for current information on procedures, payment options, and schedules: http://www.liberty.edu/financeadmin/studentfinances/.
PAYMENT PLANSThe University may offer a student the option of paying remaining balances through a monthly payment plan as an alternative to paying in full. Payment plan options will vary depending upon when Financial Check-In is completed. Payment plans are interest-free and include a non-refundable $50 participation fee. The participation fee is factored into the student’s total balance and is charged for each semester that a student participates in a payment plan. Special payment plans with varying fees may be offered to students with delinquent balances.
Payment plans are scheduled with automatic monthly drafts. The initial payment is due immediately upon acceptance of the payment plan and the remaining installments are automatically processed on the scheduled draft date from the established checking account or debit/credit card.
It is the responsibility of the student to maintain current and valid bank or credit card information on their account. Under the payment plan agreement, the student must ensure that the account has sufficient funds at the time of the scheduled drafts. When using a debit/credit card, the student must check with the bank or credit card company that the daily spending limit can accommodate the draft amount. The bank or credit card account must be from an institution that participates in automatic draft programs.
It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that all financial aid estimates are reflected correctly prior to the processing of the first draft. If charges or payments are added, removed, or adjusted after the payment plan is in place which result in an increase or decrease in the remaining balance, it is the responsibility of the student to review and make any adjustments to the payment plan. Any payment(s) made outside of the payment plan will not prevent the next scheduled draft from being processed. The student may confirm any changes by recompleting FCI. The system will calculate and display new draft amounts in FCI, and once completed, the FCI receipt page will display the updated draft amount(s). If the student fails to recomplete FCI to confirm the adjusted drafts, the previously confirmed draft amount(s) will be processed and the student is responsible to pay any remaining balance.
While it remains the responsibility of the student to manage adjustments to the payment plan, Liberty University reserves the right to adjust a payment plan down as necessary. The University also reserves the right to cancel/terminate a payment plan for any reason and/or remove a student from a financially checked-in status. The student may also be removed from classes, have services suspended, and/or have curriculum access blocked.
FAILED PAYMENT PROCESSING FEE
A student will be charged a non-refundable failed payment processing fee for each returned or declined payment made via check, ACH, debit card automatic draft, and credit card automatic draft. If a student accumulates three or more returned or declined payments within a year, the student:
As a courtesy to currently enrolled students, the Cashiering & Treasury Services Office will cash checks from parents, the student’s personal checking account, or a Liberty University payroll check.
The maximum amount that may be cashed is $50 per week, and a $1 fee will be assessed for each cashed check. If a check is returned or declined for any reason, the student’s account will be charged the check amount as well as a returned payment fee. The student may lose the privilege of cashing checks with Liberty University after two offenses.
The Flames Pass is the official Liberty University ID card. The card can be used for meal plans, Flames Cash, campus events and recreation, authorized building entry, student discounts, and other activities and services. Once Financial Check-In is completed, the student may obtain a Flames Pass by submitting a photo online or visiting the ID & Campus Services Office. In the event the card is lost, the student may purchase a replacement for $25.
Flames Cash is a declining balance account accessed through the Flames Pass. Funds added via FCI are available approximately six weeks prior to the start of a term. Funds added online and in-person are available immediately. Flames Cash is accepted at participating on and off campus merchants. Flames Cash provides 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.
BankMobile is the University’s refund management third-party servicer that disburses refunds, per diems, and stipends for the University. After completing Financial Check-In for the first time, students will be directed to the BankMobile site where they are able to utilize the single sign on (SSO) option and then choose their refund preference. Students should log into myLU.liberty.edu and choose the “Refund Selection Portal” in the My Access Widget. They will be redirected to the BankMobile site to choose their refund preference.
Additional information about the Flames Pass, Flames Cash, and BankMobile can be found online at http://www.liberty.edu/CampusServices.
BOOKS AND SUPPLIES
Tuition and fees may not cover the cost of all course materials. Costs will vary according to the student’s course of study. The student should purchase any materials that are not covered after registration but prior to the sub-term start date (course activation). Liberty does not guarantee that required course materials will be available after the sub-term start date. All online books and supplies are available online through MBS Direct: www.mbsdirect.net/liberty.
Online students using financial aid or payment plans can pay for course materials by requesting a book voucher advance for use at MBS Direct. To estimate the amount needed for the book voucher, students should contact MBS Direct. If a student has a credit on their Liberty University student account, books and supplies may be charged to the student’s account by means of the online book voucher system. Students can add funds to a book voucher through FCI, which is transferred to MBS Direct for the student to use. Any amount added to the voucher that is not covered by the student’s credit must be paid out of pocket. Book vouchers for online students can only be used at MBS Direct.
Effective 2018-19, the University will provide online undergraduate students with all of their required books for the online undergraduate course(s) that they are registered for. Online undergraduate students will no longer need or have access to request a Book Voucher.
Any online student taking a Resident or Intensive course may need to purchase their books and supplies through the Liberty University On-Campus Bookstore.
COURSE, ONLINE CONTENT, MATERIAL, AND INCLUSIVE ACCESS FEES
The student is responsible for paying applicable course fees, online content fees (including e-Books ), material fees, inclusive access fees, and fees charged for special elective-type courses by organizations other than the University. A list of these fees is published on the Student Financial Services' webpage (www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=296). Most fees are non-refundable unless stated otherwise.
The inclusive access fee includes electronic access to required course content and direct access to Blackboard at any time and on any device. If applicable, the fee may cover the cost of printed course materials for Online courses. The fee is waived for Online undergraduate students taking undergraduate Online courses. Students in the BSN-MSN program at the undergraduate level will have the inclusive access fee waived for any Online undergraduate courses.
A $50 fee will be charged for the processing of an official, unofficial, or administrative withdrawal.
GRADUATION APPLICATION FEE
All graduating students must complete a graduation application through their ASIST account. A $100 graduation application fee is automatically assessed when the application is submitted, not upon degree conferral. This non-refundable fee not contingent on the student’s attendance at graduation events or activities.
CERTIFICATE COMPLETION APPLICATION FEE
A certificate completion application fee is automatically assessed by Registrar near the time of the Certificate Completion Application, not certificate conferral. This is a non-refundable fee.
In order to continue to provide students with the best online platform, tutoring services, software, IT Helpdesk Support, and updates, the technology fee will be assessed every semester of enrollment.
The technology fee will apply to all students with the exception of military active duty, reserve and National Guard.
FEE APPEAL POLICY
An online student may appeal a Late Financial Check-In Fee or a returned payment fee by submitting a written appeal online to the Student Accounts Office within 30 business days of the billing/notification. The student may fill out the fee appeal form at www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=20659 and must attach all supporting documentation. The student will receive a response within 30 days of the receipt of the appeal.
If a student would like to appeal any other charge, they may submit a written appeal to the department that assessed the charge.
Students repeating flight courses may have their flight fee waived. Contact Student Accounts for more information.
ONLINE CLASS ATTENDANCE
Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of any courses the student is taking. Online students who do not attend within the first week of a course by submitting an academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic assignment) 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 be allowed back in the course.
The student is solely responsible for any 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.
Students who attend a course by submitting an academic assignment and then cease progressing toward the completion of the course will be assigned a grade of FN (Failure for Non-Attendance) during the semester.
REFUND POLICY FOR ENROLLED STUDENTS:
Enrolled qualified students can receive a refund from their student account once all obligations have been met and a credit balance remains.
FCI provides students with two credit-management options through the Authorizations page of FCI.
Credit from Title IV must be refunded via a student's selected refund preference. At the end of each academic year, all Title IV (Federal Grants and Federal Loans) credit balances must be refunded or returned to the U.S. Department of Education in the case of federal student loans. Credit balances will ONLY be refunded to the student.
Refunds will be released by the University and disbursed by BankMobile. The student must select a refund preference according to instructions provided with the BankMobile welcome packet. Once a refund has been received by BankMobile, the funds will be made available for the student to access through the following options:
Title IV Refunds
(Federal Direct Subsidized Loan, Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan, Federal Direct Parent PLUS loan, Federal Pell Grant, FSEOG, etc.)
Within the FCI process, students authorize the handling of a credit balance on their student account. The funds may be held throughout the academic year and apply to any account balance, or students can authorize the credit balance to be refunded.
Liberty University encourages student to only borrow the minimum amount of loans to cover direct charges. Students who wish to reduce their loans to eliminate a credit balance to refund may do so by completing a Loan Change Form in ASIST.
Title IV aid, in addition to institutional and State aid, is disbursed 21 days after the student becomes eligible. Title IV refunds begin processing on day 25, but all are processed within 14 days from when aid is disbursed in accordance with federal regulations.
Credits from Parent PLUS will be refunded to the loan applicant in the form of a check, unless written authorization is submitted to the Financial Aid Office stating that the refund may be sent to the student.
For more information, visit the Student Financial Services homepage under the Disbursement Process link for more information at http://www.liberty.edu/financeadmin/studentfinances/.
Refunds Unrelated to Title IV Aid
For credit balances not made up of federal aid, the student may submit a refund request to the Student Accounts Office. A refund from credit or debit card payments will be refunded back to the original payment card. Written requests must be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
OFFICIAL WITHDRAWAL POLICY
Liberty University is committed to the success of every student and will work with each student to determine the best way to handle any financial and/or academic challenges. The online withdrawal categories are: administrative, military, official, and unofficial.
An expulsion resulting from violation of the disciplinary system or any other valid reason initiated by the University which is approved by an authorized University administrator will result in an administrative withdrawal. Grades of “W” will be recorded in all courses for which the student is registered.
Online students who must withdraw due to military duties are required to send a copy of their orders and other supporting documentation to the Military Affairs Office. Military Affairs will then review to determine if the student is eligible for an official military withdrawal. Additional information regarding military withdrawals can be found online at www.Liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=26971.
Online students who desire to withdraw from one or more courses in a semester, or the University, must contact the Liberty University Online Academic Advising Department by phone or via their Liberty University webmail account to start the withdrawal process.
A total withdrawal is when a student ceases all active enrollment in a semester. A partial withdrawal is when a student withdraws from the individual course(s), but has active enrollment remaining in the semester of the withdrawal.
If a student withdraws from a sub-term and is registered for course(s) in the future sub-term(s) during the semester of the withdrawal, the student must submit a letter of intent in order to remain in the future courses. If a letter of intent is not submitted with the withdrawal, the student will be automatically dropped from the future sub-terms, resulting in a total withdrawal from the semester.
The University has established a procedure in accordance with Title IV regulations, to determine if students enrolled in courses are progressing toward the completion of their courses. The Title IV regulations require universities to have a mechanism in place for determining whether or not a student who begins a course, and received or could have received a disbursement of Title IV funds, unofficially withdrew.
Students who have begun, yet cease to submit academic assignments (such as an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic assignments) during the enrollment period, will be assigned the grade of FN. If a student receives the grade of FN for all courses in a semester and ceases attendance, an unofficial withdrawal will be processed for that semester. The withdrawal date is the last date an academic assignment was submitted during the enrollment period. A Title IV withdrawal calculation will be performed based on the withdrawal date and the student will be reported as withdrawn. Students will be notified by the Financial Aid Office regarding the results of the Title IV withdrawal calculation. The student will be responsible for any remaining account balance.
WITHDRAWAL REFUND POLICY
Once a withdrawal is processed, the student will need to contact Student Accounts to receive further details about their individual refund.
Students who unofficially withdraw as outlined in the Withdrawal Policy will be charged for full tuition and fees as it applies and will be responsible for any outstanding balance on his or her account.
Any student who completes the official withdrawal procedure may receive a refund of tuition according to the schedule below. In the event of a total withdrawal, some fees may be prorated.
Intensives: The start of the course is defined as the first day that the course begins; it is not necessarily the first day of the in-class portion of the intensive. Some intensive courses require pre-work and/or post-work to be completed. These courses start as soon as the pre-work begins and continue until the last day to submit post-work. Any student who completes the official withdrawal procedure may receive a refund of tuition according to the schedule below. In the event of a total withdrawal, some fees may be prorated. For refund purposes, a week begins at 12:00 a.m. the morning the course starts and closes at 11:59 p.m. seven days later.
Fifteen-Week and Sixteen-Week Courses
Seventeen Week Courses
Intensives: The start of the course is defined as the first day that the course begins; it is not necessarily the first day of the in-class portion of the intensive. Some intensive courses require pre-work and/or post-work to be completed. These courses start as soon as the pre-work begins and continue until the last day to submit post-work. Any student who completes the official withdrawal procedure may receive a refund of tuition according to the schedule below. In the event of a total withdrawal, mandatory fees may be prorated. For refund purposes, a week begins at 12:00 a.m. the morning the course starts and closes at 11:59 p.m. seven days later.
Tuition, and all other costs on a student’s account are payable prior to or at the time of FCI. 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 an 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.
Additional information regarding the University’s academic and administrative policies and procedures can be found on the University website at https://www.Liberty.edu/online.
Highlighted text indicates a change from the official version of the catalog.