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Liberty University *ONLINE*

Homeschooling for College Credit at Liberty University (Online)


Rack Rate Tuition: $46,800 ($390 per credit x 120 credits)

Resourcefully Planned: $16,780 (78 credits in homeschool at about $400,  42 cr. taken through Liberty online once enrolled)

Degree:  Bachelor of Arts, Pre-Law  (note, Liberty University also offers law school that can begin after completion of the bachelor’s degree for a seamless transition.)

Note:  Liberty University requires 25% of the degree to be earned through Liberty University online, thus 75% of the degree can be completed during or after homeschool and transferred in before starting classes with Liberty.  Students who do that will save the most money and begin their studies at Liberty University Online 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. If you are certain that your teen is pursuing a degree at Liberty University, you can save considerable money completing some of the “25% required” Liberty courses by using dual enrollment, specifically the Christian Life core (12 credits).  This is only available from the summer after 10th grade through 12th grade.  High school graduates will have to pay full tuition.

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:  $46,800

Resourcefully Planned:  $16,780

$400 would be paid throughout high school for the first 78 credits (cash). 

The remaining  42 credits will cost $16,380 at Liberty. (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 University online


ENGL101 CLEP College Composition $0* $1,170
Communication Elective DSST Tech Writing $100 $1,170
Math 114 or higher CLEP College Math $0* $1,170
Natural Science CLEP Biology (+3 cr. overage) $0* $2,340
INFT110 CLEP Information Systems $0* exam attempt $0


Cultural Elective DSST Anthropology $100 $1,170
American Govt. CLEP American Government $0* $1,170
Composition Elective DSST Advanced English $100 $1,170
Info Literacy Ele. CSIS110 DSST Mgmt. Info Systems $100 $1,170
Electives CLEP US History 1 & 2 $0* $2,340
Electives CLEP American Literature (+3 cr. overage) $0* $2,340
Literature CLEP Analyzing Interpreting Literature w/ESSAY $0* $1,170
Social Science Elective CLEP Social Science and History (+3 cr. overage) $0* $2,340
Add’l electives choose any AP or CLEP not previously listed** $0 $5,850
12 cr. Christian Life and Thought Series If waived, replace with CLEP/AP** Waived  when transferring in >60 credits $0*


$1,650 through dual enrollment

42 credits Pre-Law Major Govt. NA NA $16,380
$400  $46,800

*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. 

Important links for Liberty University:

Liberty University Catalog

List of approved general education electives for online students

**Liberty’s CLEP exam list

Liberty’s DSST exam list

Liberty’s AP Exam List


Executive Director of Homeschooling for College Credit