Liberty University greatly appreciates your service and the sacrifices you make daily to secure our freedom. When you are faced with a deployment or unexpected duty, we have processes in place to ensure your academic progress is not harmed due to your military service. If you find that your duty may have an impact on your academic progress, it is important that you contact us as soon as possible so that we may help you through this transition.
Below we have outlined the steps you need to take when you are notified of an upcoming deployment.
Step One: Prepare
Review our Deployment Tips for Success for information on establishing a FERPA Pin number, setting up a Power of Attorney (POA), and other helpful steps you can take to prepare for your deployment.
Step Two: Contact your professor(s)
If you are currently enrolled in courses, you should let your professor(s) know about your situation as soon as possible. Our professors are aware of the issues that face military students and, though it is not guaranteed, they can often work with you by giving extensions or assigning work so you can complete the course while fulfilling your military obligation.*
*Reviewed on a case-by-case basis depending on the course, nature of required coursework, and time requirements for assignments.
Step Three: Review your options
Review your Course Schedule for the semester (or upcoming semester*) and identify any possible scheduling conflicts. If you will be in class during the time you are going to be deployed, you may have the following options:
- Drop the course: Online students that have not yet started the course or completed any coursework, and residential students that are still within the add/drop period, may be able to drop the course without any tuition being charged.
- Complete the course: If you have already started the course and your professor is able to work with you to overcome any challenges related to your deployment, you may stay enrolled and complete the course.
- Withdraw from the course: If you have already started the course, but you do not feel you will be able to successfully complete the course due to your deployment, you may consider withdrawing. Please see Military Withdrawals for more information on withdrawing and the process for requesting a military withdrawal.
* Special Note: Residential students that are able to complete the current semester but will not be able to attend the following semester due to deployment will need to contact the Student Advocate Office before deploying.
Step Four: Follow up on your benefits
If changes to your enrollments are necessary, any military benefits you are using may need to be adjusted.
- If you are utilizing military Tuition Assistance, please contact your local Education Office and notify them of your change in enrollment. Many Education Offices will need to get a copy of your orders or require other documents in order to avoid the recoupment of your Tuition Assistance funds.
- If you are utilizing GI Bill benefits, we will report your change in enrollment status to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for you. You will receive correspondence directly from the VA regarding the effect your change in status may have on your GI Bill benefits.
Once you are back from your deployment and ready to resume your program, you will need to contact us so we can walk you through the process of being readmitted to your program. Online students and residential graduate students should contact the Office of Military Affairs directly. Residential undergraduate students should contact the Advocate Withdrawal Coordinator contact listed below.
The Office of Military Affairs is the contact for:
Online undergraduate and graduate
Contact us by phone or email:
- (855) 355-4947 (toll-free)
- (434) 592-5990 (direct/overseas)
Step Two: Application/Reinstatement
Next, you will need to submit documentation verifying that your broken enrollment was due to your military deployment. The POC you contact under Step 1 will walk you through this process. Once we have confirmed your broken enrollment was due to deployment, you will need to submit a new application online or by contacting an Admissions Counselor.
Online students may call (800) 424-9595.
Residential students may call (800) 543-5317.
Your new application will be processed as reinstatement under your original degree plan.*
*If you do not intend to continue your original degree, and wish to change your degree program from what you were originally pursuing, you will be considered for acceptance under the current catalog year requirements.
Residential undergraduate students who are returning from military duty after breaking enrollment may work with the Advocate Withdrawal Coordinator listed in Step 1 to complete a Financial Aid Scholarship Appeal form to request that previous aid be reapplied to the new semester.
Step Three: Get connected
We are here to assist you with resuming your education and using your military benefits. Please contact our office to see if any updated documentation is needed to ensure your benefits are posted to your account without delay. Residential students may visit our Veterans Center military student liaison for in-person assistance.
You may also want to join the Student Veterans Association (SVA). The mission of the SVA is to provide fellowship for student veterans, to support new student veterans in coordination with the Office of Military Affairs, and to create veteran-oriented Christian service opportunities. Visit Liberty.edu/SVA or email firstname.lastname@example.org to get connected.
*GI Bill® is a registered trademark of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). More information about education benefits offered by VA is available at the official U.S. government Web site at https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.