Tuition Surcharge on Undergraduates

tuition surcharge

The North Carolina Legislature directed the Board of Governors to impose a fifty percent tuition surcharge on students who take more than 140 credit hours to complete a baccalaureate degree in a four-year program or more than one hundred ten percent (110%) 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 calculation of these credit hours taken at a constituent institution or accepted for transfer shall exclude hours earned through the College Board’s Advanced Placement or CLEP examinations, through institutional advanced placement or course validation, or through summer term or extension programs. No surcharge shall be imposed on any student who exceeds the degree credit hour limits within the equivalent of four academic years of regular term enrollment, or within five academic years of regular term enrollment in a degree program officially designated by the Board of Governors as a five-year program.
The undergraduate credit hours to be counted for calculation in the surcharge requirement include:

  • all regular session degree-creditable courses taken at this institution including repeated courses, failed courses and those dropped after your official census date (normally the last date to add a course)

  • all transfer credit hours accepted by this institution.
    The hours excluded from the calculation include:

    1. those earned through the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or similar programs

    2. those earned through institutional advanced placement, course validation, or any similar procedure for awarding course credit

    3. those earned through the summer session or degree-credit extension division on this campus
      or at another UNC institution.

Tuition Surcharge Policy



A student who wishes to request a tuition surcharge waiver shall:

  1. Complete and submit the Request for Waiver of Tuition Surcharge request form provided by the constituent campus, and…

  2. In a manner consistent with the UNC Policy Manual 1000.1.5 [G] including Appendix A, and to the satisfaction of the constituent institution:

    1. Demonstrate that his/her pursuit of a degree has been substantially disrupted or interrupted and that the reason for such substantial disruption or interruption fits within one of the four waiver categories enumerated [in the UNC Policy Manual] and defined in Appendix A of the policy manual.

    2. Meet the necessary documentation requirements that accompany each waiver category as articulated in Appendix A.

    3. Successfully complete and submit the form to the institution within thirty (30) business days of receiving written notice of the tuition surcharge.

Written notification of the result of the waiver request shall be provided to the student within thirty (30) business days from the date of receipt by the institution.  The determination of the institution shall be the final decision.