More Opportunities, More Financial Support
Enjoy the same amazing value for the 2021-22 school year as Liberty freezes tuition for the third year in a row.
A graduate degree can open you up to a new level of rewards both financially and academically. Many people thinking about graduate school imagine that the financial support they enjoyed while earning their bachelor’s won’t be there at the graduate level. In reality, there are still plenty of opportunities to fund your degree.
At Liberty University, we believe everyone should have an equal opportunity to pursue higher education, and it’s our job to keep that education affordable for you. That’s why 96% of Liberty students receive financial aid.
Liberty is also one of the most affordable private, nonprofit options in the nation with our tuition in the bottom 25%. Discover all the ways you can finance your education at Liberty through our scholarship opportunities.
Gain Experience While You Are Funding Your Education
Graduate Student Assistantships (GSA)
GSAs are all master- and doctoral-level students who serve in academic support roles for professors in various schools at Liberty University. Twenty percent of Liberty University’s graduate student body hold a GSA position. Free tuition and a stipend are the main benefits of a GSA. Below are some details of your responsibilities for these positions.
Responsibilities and Compensation
- Assist in the grading of written assignments such as essays, papers, tests, etc.
- Lead small discussion groups throughout the semester with approximately 20-25 undergraduate students per discussion group.
- Maintain regular office hours throughout the week to assist students within the class.
- Monitor tests and quizzes.
- Participate in all undergraduate classes to which the GSA is assigned.
- Receive a stipend for each semester contracted.
- Teach, when appropriate, for the professor of the class section in which the GSA is assisting.
- Work an average of twenty hours per week in their assigned academic department.
FAFSA and Loan Information
Most graduate students qualify for $20,500 in student loans through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) – and even more in certain health fields!
There are two types of federal loan options available to grad students:
- Direct Unsubsidized Loans (Stafford) – loans made to eligible undergraduate, graduate, and professional students, but eligibility is not based on financial need.
- Graduate PLUS Loans – loans made to graduate or professional students and parents of dependent undergraduate students to help pay for education expenses not covered by other financial aid. Eligibility is not based on financial need, but a credit check is required. If you have a bankruptcy, foreclosure, or an account in collections, you may be denied.
Liberty University provides master’s programs at just $545* per credit hour. Most courses will be paid by credit hour except the John W. Rawlings School of Divinity block rate of $2,850 per semester for 9-15 credit hours. Most graduate programs average from 35-45 credit hours to complete.
*Some programs differ and may have additional fees that apply.
Keesee Scholarship for Graduate Divinity Students
The Charles B. Keesee Educational Fund Inc. was established in 1941 by Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Keesee of Martinsville, Virginia, for the purpose of aiding worthy men and women in obtaining a ministerial education. The Fund is administered by a Board of Trustees who consider requests for aid and determine an applicant’s eligibility. This scholarship is ideal for students involved in the residential Monday-only-classes program.
Depending on your eligibility, you may be able to receive enough funds to cover the full cost of tuition and books!
The following master’s and doctoral degree programs are eligible for the Keesee Scholarship:
- Master of Divinity
- Master of Arts in Christian Ministry
- Master of Arts in Global Studies
- Master of Arts in Religion
- Master of Arts in Theological Studies
- Doctor of Ministry(You must take at least one on-campus intensive a semester to qualify.)