Enrollment Levels and Types Policy

Issuing Office

Financial Aid


Affected Parties



Policy Language

Enrollment in Undergraduate and Graduate Courses During the Same Term:

Some students mix undergraduate and graduate courses together in one term.  It is important to understand that only the courses in your current degree program will count towards federal aid eligibility - including federal loans.

EXAMPLE: An undergraduate student enrolls for 9 credit hours of undergraduate courses and 3 credit hours of a graduate course in one term.  This student is eligible for federal aid.  However, this student may be surprised that they are not eligible as a full-time student.  Only the 9 undergraduate credit hours apply to their current degree program.  In this case, they will also not be eligible for Liberty institutional aid.

Exception: If a graduate student is required to take an undergraduate-level prerequisite course in order to complete a graduate course, the prerequisite course will count in determining aid eligibility.  

Availability of General Equivalency Diploma (GED) Classes and Testing

Students looking to obtain a GED should review testing sites and availability at this link.


Enrollment Levels

To reach certain levels of enrollment, students must be attending a minimum number of credit hours per semester.


Enrollment Levels – Credit Hours per Semester

Less than Half Time

½ Time

¾ Time




Willmington School of Bible (LBI) and Undergraduate

Cert., Th.G., A.A., B.A., B.M., B.S., B.S.N













Doctoral/ Juris Doctorate






*Note: For Veterans Benefits (such as the GI Bill®) levels: Please see the VA Training Times & Pay Rates on the Military Affairs web pages.



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 http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill


Continuing Education Policy 

Continuing Education may be combined with federal, state and other institutional aid.  This combination may not exceed the student’s total charges for tuition and fees. 

Liberty University Continuing Education and Dependent Grant in Aid educational benefits are not eligible for use for the following programs: Doctor of Osteopathy, School of Law, degree programs offered by the School of Law or JURI courses, A.A. or B.S. in Paralegal Studies, M.B.A.: American Legal Studies, M.B.A.: International Legal Studies, and undergraduate or graduate certificate programs.


Policy Rationale

This policy is in place to ensure proper awarding and distribution of federal, state, and institutional aid.


Definition of Glossary Terms

Title IV: The portion of the Higher Education Act (see HEA) that includes most of the federal financial aid programs.
Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress: Students must meet Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) requirements to receive federal Title IV aid that includes the Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Federal Work Study, Federal TEACH Grant, and Federal Direct Education Loans (Subsidized, Unsubsidized,, Parent PLUS, Graduate PLUS and IASG). Liberty University also applies the SAP requirements to monitor eligibility for all institutional aid. The Virginia Commonwealth programs are administered under the guidelines from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).
Half-time: A student who is carrying an academic workload that is considered at least one-half the workload of a full-time student (as determined by the school).



Each policy and guideline is managed through reporting and internal system checks through Banner.



Your financial aid offer is an estimate of your federal, state, and institutional eligibility. Your financial aid can change, however. See below for factors that can affect your financial aid eligibility.

The factors below could lead to a recalculation of your financial aid. They could ultimately lead to a change, reduction, or elimination of federal, state, institutional and/or any other types of financial aid eligibility.



Exceptions and Further considerations:

For questions about policies and eligibility for CE and DGIA, please contact the Office of Human Resources.


Initial Approval Date


Date of Last Review


Date for Review

3/24/2025 (Annual)