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Liberty University *RESIDENTIAL*

Homeschooling for College Credit at Liberty University (Residential Program)


Rack Rate Tuition: $95,200 ($23,800 per year x 4 years)

Resourcefully Planned:  $26,066 (88 credits in homeschool, 32 cr. taken at Liberty)

Degree:  Bachelor of Arts, History

Note:  Liberty University requires 25% of the degree to be earned at Liberty University, thus 75% of the degree can be completed during or after homeschool and transferred in.  Students who do that will save the most money and begin their studies at Liberty as a college senior.

What is a resourcefully planned degree?  In short, a cost map shows you how Homeschooling for College Credit in high school can be transferred into a specific college to save money.  We’ll use alternative college credit sources that are accepted by this college to devise a strategic plan for your student.  The cost map is a general outline that gets you headed in the right direction.

What a Resourcefully Planned Cost Map is NOT:  It’s not a guarantee.  This is an informed DIY plan using the college’s advertised transfer and credit acceptance policies.

Why DIY?  As the parent of a high school student, you won’t have access to academic advisors or the registrar of a college, in addition, colleges don’t specialize in helping you avoid taking their classes!  But, college transfer protocol and transfer policies are often available to the public, allowing teens to start earning college credit NOW that can be used LATER.

Where is Dual Enrollment?  Since some families have free tuition through dual enrollment, while other families may not, dual enrollment has been completely left out of the plan. If you have dual enrollment available to you, you may want to use it.

NOTE:  Liberty University Online has a dual enrollment program currently $550/course.

Other costs:  Colleges will have other costs beyond the scope of our basic tuition calculation.  Application fee, graduation fee, technology fee, etc. are all fees that you should plan for when your teen eventually enrolls.  To keep the playing field even, the rack rate listed above doesn’t include fees either – the numbers shown are straight tuition.

Rack Rate Tuition:  $95,200

Resourcefully Planned:  $26,066 

$700 would be paid throughout high school for the first 88 credits (cash). 

The remaining  $25,366 due to Liberty once enrolled (apply for scholarships).

How to avoid student loan debt

  1. Reduce the number of credits your teen must complete by doing as many of them as possible in high school.  You’ll pay cash for these as you go.
  2. Apply for Federal work-study, grants, and use savings/cash to cover the balance of tuition once they’re an enrolled student.
  3. For every $100 of tuition you have outstanding, apply for 1 scholarship.  (example: $2,000 tuition = apply for 20 scholarships)

Cost Map for Liberty University (Residential Program)  (12/2018)

Requirement Homeschooling for College Credit Approximate cost taken during homeschool


Cost if taken through Liberty Residential


ENGL101 CLEP College Composition $0* $2,382
Communication Elective DSST Tech Writing $100 $2,382
Math 114 or higher CLEP College Math $0* $2,382
Natural Science CLEP Biology $0* $2,382
INFT110 CLEP Information Systems $0* exam attempt $0

$2,382 course

UNIV101 NA $794 $794
INQR101 NA $794 $794
Composition Elective DSST Advanced English $100 $2,382
Info Literacy Ele. CSIS110 DSST Mgmt. Info Systems $100 $2,382
Info Literacy Ele. NA $2,382 $2,382
Research RSCH201 NA $2,382 $2,382
Literature CLEP Analyzing Interpreting Literature w/ESSAY $0* $2,382
Social Science Elective CLEP Social Science and History $0* $2,382
Philosophy elective DSST Ethics in America $100 $2,382
12 cr. Christian Life and Thought Series If waived, replace with CLEP/AP Waived  when transferring in >60 credits $0* $9,528
 12 cr. same foreign language CLEP French, German, or Spanish $0* $9,528
Integrative Elective NA $2,382 $2,382
Western Civ 1&2 CLEP Western Civ 1&2 $0* $4,764
US History 1 & 2 CLEP US History 1&2 $0* $4,764
History elective DSST Vietnam War $100 $2,382
US History elect. DSST Civil War $100 $2,382
Euro History ele. DSST Soviet Union $100 $2,382
Electives 9 CLEP overage from biology, literature, social sciences $0 NA
GEOG200 AP Human Geography $0 $2,382
History Major (21 cr. remain) NA $16,632 $16,632
$26,066 $95,200

*Modern States is currently awarding vouchers to cover CLEP exam fees as well as testing center fees.  You can obtain a free voucher through their website. 


Liberty University Catalog

List of approved general education electives for residential students

Liberty’s CLEP exam list

Liberty’s DSST exam list

Liberty’s AP Exam List

30 Ways to Earn College Credit in High School


Executive Director of Homeschooling for College Credit