Liberty University’s Online 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, 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, associate degree, bachelor’s degree, master’s degree. Additionally, students pursuing a doctoral program may also 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: Verify Your Status
Liberty University has partnered with ID.me to create a secure identity verification process that ensures that, if eligible, you will receive the LUO Military discounted tuition rate.
Current and Recently Applied Students: To take advantage of the benefits you may be eligible to receive, please verify your military status through ID.me in the myLU portal. If you have completed military verification through ID.me while completing your most recent Liberty application, you do not need to recomplete this verification. If you apply to a new program, change degree levels, or break enrollment, your military status will need to be re-verified through ID.me. Please direct any questions or concerns regarding your benefit eligibility to our Office of Military Affairs.
New Students: Please submit your Liberty University application prior to verifying your military status. This will ensure that your application is processed promptly and will provide our team with the necessary information to assist you in the subsequent steps, including the verification of your military status through ID.me. You will verify your service during our application process through ID.me.
Military Spouses (as defined by Liberty University) should verify their military and marital status through ID.me using their own credentials at mylu.liberty.edu. Once this verification is successfully completed, they should submit copies of the state-issued active Driver’s License* for both themselves and their spouse.
*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. Due to government regulations, we are unable to accept Military Identification cards for verification of military service or personal identification.
Submit your documents directly in your Student Checklist. If these document requirements are not listed on your Student Checklist, you may submit documents to the Office of Military Affairs by email: LUOMilitary@liberty.edu or fax: (434) 455-1287. This documentation will be reviewed within 3-5 business days. We will follow up regarding your benefits eligibility through your Liberty email account at that time. Benefits are not awarded retroactively, so please be sure to submit your documentation before your first semester begins!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is ID.me?
ID.me simplifies how individuals prove and share their identity online. The ID.me secure digital identity network has 100 million members with over 70,000 individuals joining daily, as well as partnerships with 31 states, multiple federal agencies, and over 500 name brand retailers. The company provides identity proofing, authentication and group affiliation verification for organizations across sectors.
The company’s technology meets the highest federal standards and is approved as a NIST 800-63-3 IAL2 / AAL2 conformant credential service provider by the Kantara Initiative. ID.me is the only provider with video chat and in-person verification, increasing access and equity. The team is committed to “No Identity Left Behind” to enable all people to have a secure digital identity.
When will my discount be applied to my account?
If eligible for Liberty University Online military benefits, our office will update your account within 3-5 business days of your verification through ID.me. Please monitor your Liberty email account for an email from our office confirming this update.
Why was my military verification unsuccessful?
We recommend contacting ID.me Support. You can see further information on the ID.me website.
Is my personal data protected?
Your privacy is important to Liberty University and ID.me. The ID.me program promises to not share your information and you may delete your account at any time. Privacy is built into the ID.me platform and your data is not shared or sold to anyone.
How do I contact ID.me support?
For general ID.me questions, please visit https://help.id.me/hc/en-us.
Step 3: Explore Other Benefits
As a military student at Liberty University, you have access to many financial and academic benefits. Check out some of the benefits or services you may be eligible to receive:
- Military Support Office
- First Responder Discount
Undergraduate students – Liberty offers a free evaluation of military training and experience for college credit. This only applies to degree programs, not certificates. All credit granted for military training is given based on the American Council on Education (ACE) guide recommendations.
Military Child Discount
We recognize the sacrifice military members and their families make. As a thank-you, starting Spring 2023, we now offer a 15% discount off our regular full-or part-time tuition rates for new online students, regardless of age, whose parent(s) served honorably in the military.* Please contact us at (800) 424-9595 for more information.
*Some exclusions apply. This cannot be combined with other discounts.
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.