Degree-seeking students who exceed credit hour limits towards their degree may be subject to a 50 percent Tuition Surcharge. The UNC Board of Governors defines exceeding credit hour limits as:
- more than 140 degree credit hours to complete a baccalaureate degree in a four-year program
- more than 110 percent of the credit hours necessary to complete a baccalaureate degree in any program officially designated by the Board of Governors as a five-year program.
The surcharge shall be imposed on tuition charged in the current semester and in subsequent semesters where a student’s cumulative credit hours total – with that semester’s course load included – exceeds the threshold.
The undergraduate credit hours to be counted for this requirement include:
- those courses taken at the constituent institution or accepted for transfer
- failed courses
- incomplete courses unless officially dropped in accordance with the university’s academic policy
- transferred hours, regardless of their application to the student’s major or minor, unless otherwise exempted consistent with this guideline
The undergraduate credit hours to be excluded include:
- those earned through the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or similar programs
- those earned through institutional advanced placement, course validation, or any similar procedure for warding course credit
- those learned through summer session or extension programs, either on campus or at another institution
- credit hours taken while enrolled as a high school student
Students may apply for the tuition surcharge to be waived if they can demonstrate that any of the following have substantially disrupted or interrupted their pursuit of a degree:
- a military service obligation
- serious medical debilitation
- a short-term or long-term disability
- other extraordinary hardship
Undergraduate students are exempt from the surcharge if they:
- complete a first baccalaureate degree program that has not been officially designated by the Board of Governors as a five-year program and whose counted credit hours were taken in eight or fewer regular term semesters or the equivalent; or
- complete a first baccalaureate degree program that has been officially designated by the Board of Governors as a five-year program and whose counted credit hours were taken in ten or fewer regular term semesters or the equivalent.