Tuition Surcharge

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
    or
  • 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

Waiver

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.

Tuition Surcharge Waiver Request