Liberty University’s Online Program Military Benefits
Liberty University recognizes the service and sacrifice of those who have answered the call of duty to defend our nation’s freedoms. Because of this, we are privileged to offer tuition discounts to those who are eligible to help our military students achieve their academic and professional goals. In addition to these financial benefits, we also offer academic benefits, military support services, and connection to our military community through social media, monthly newsletters, and military appreciation events.
To take advantage of all of these benefits, we encourage you to submit military documentation through the steps outlined below to ensure your military status is reflected on your student account.
Step 1: Determine Your Eligibility
Use the information below to help you determine your eligibility for our Liberty military benefits, including the tuition discount. If you have any questions, you may contact a military benefits counselor at (855) 355-4947, LUOMilitary@liberty.edu, or by Chat LIVE.
- Active Duty, Reservists, National Guard
- Veterans / Retirees
- Spouses of Service Members and Veterans / Retirees
- Current Department of Defense Employees
- All current service members of the U.S. Armed Forces qualify after basic training is completed (as defined in 10 U.S.C. § 101(a)(4)). State Guard does not qualify.
- In addition, current Department of Defense employees, Veterans (with honorable/general discharge), and military spouses currently qualify. A military spouse is defined by Liberty University as a husband or wife currently in a state-sanctioned marriage to a current service member or veteran, both of whom are natural-born members of the opposite sex.
- The aforementioned must be pursuing a Certificate, Associates, Bachelors, or Masters level program. Additionally, Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) and Education Specialist (Ed.S.) students may qualify. Benefits only apply to Liberty University Online military students. Students enrolled in a Residential program or the Willmington School of the Bible do not qualify.
Please note: If you apply to a new program, change degree levels, or break enrollment, you will be required to resubmit documentation that meets the current eligibility requirements.
If your discharge does not meet the criteria for our military benefits and you feel your situation warrants a special review by our office, please provide a written explanation of your circumstances (including the DD-214 with character of service listed, supporting documentation, and a brief essay) to be reviewed by the Office of Military Affairs for consideration. You may email your request with documentation attached to LUOMilitary@liberty.edu. The Office of Military Affairs reserves the right to deny or approve appeals based on a comprehensive review of all documentation submitted.
Step 2: Gather Your Documentation
All students are required to submit documentation verifying their military status and to determine their eligibility for the Liberty-given military benefits.
- Service Members & Veterans can submit a Tuition Assistance form or GoArmyEd registration to verify their military status, the most recently issued Member-4 DD-214, an End of Month LES from the last 3 months, or the most recent orders issued within the last year. If needed, a copy of a DD-214 can be requested from the National Archives website. Only one of these documents is required.
- Military Spouses should submit a copy of your Marriage Certificate or License, one of your spouse’s military documents, and copies of the state-issued active Driver’s License* for both you and your spouse.
- DoD Employees should submit a DoD End of Month LES from the last 3 months, official memo/letter on DoD letterhead confirming your direct employment with the DoD, or Notification of Personnel Action (SF50).
Step 3: Submit Your Documentation
Submit your documents to the Office of Military Affairs by fax: (434) 455-1287 or email: LUOMilitary@liberty.edu. This documentation will be reviewed within 2 business days. We will follow up regarding your benefits eligibility through your Liberty email account at that time. Benefits are only awarded once acceptable documentation is received and reviewed by the Office of Military Affairs. Benefits are not awarded retroactively so please be sure to submit your documentation before your first semester begins! Should you feel your situation warrants an appeal, you may email LUOMilitary@liberty.edu.
Important: Due to government regulations, we are unable to accept Military Identification cards for verification of military service or personal identification. Federal law prohibits copying or reproducing military IDs in any way. You may black-out classified information (Social Security Number, License Number, etc.) on orders, LES, or other military documents submitted.
- Service Members and Veterans – Current Military Document
- DoD Employees – Employment Verification
- Military Spouses – Marriage Certificate, Current Military Document, Copy of your Driver’s License* and Copy of your spouse’s Driver’s License*
*A state-issued active Driver’s License serves as valid photo identification, which is required for consideration of Liberty’s military benefits. Acceptable forms of photo identification must include name, date of birth, gender, and a photo. If you are unable to submit a Driver’s License, we may also accept a Passport or DMV identification card. Military ID’s are not accepted due to government regulations.
Step 4: Explore Other Benefits
As a military student at Liberty University, you have access to many financial and academic benefits. Check out some of the military benefits or services you may be eligible to receive:
- Military Support Office
- VetSuccess on Campus (VSOC)
Evaluation of Military Training for College Credit – for Undergraduate students Liberty offers a free evaluation of military training and experience for college credit. All credit granted for military training is given based on the American Council on Education (ACE) guide recommendations.
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 http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill.