Homeschooling for College Credit at Liberty University (Online)
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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 during 10th-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
- Reduce the number of credits your teen must complete by doing as many of them as possible in high school.
- Secure scholarships, apply for Federal work-study and use savings/cash to cover the balance of tuition once you’re an enrolled student.
- Only after you’ve exhausted options 1 & 2 should you consider borrowing money.
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|
Important links for Liberty University:
Need help from scratch? Start here –> Homeschooling for College Credit
Want to know more about the types of college credit used in this chart? –> Take me there.