In 2009, the Florida Legislature implemented Section 1009.286, Florida Statutes to encourage students to complete their baccalaureate degree as quickly and efficiently as possible. It established what is commonly referred to as an "Excess Credit Hour Surcharge." The law requires universities to add a surcharge to each credit hour taken in excess of the total number of credit hours required to complete the degree being pursued. The amount in excess of the total hours is calculated based on a percentage defined in law and is referred to by the University of North Florida as Excess Hours threshold. The amount charged per credit hour is a calculated amount referred to as the surcharge.
Students entering as
FTIC SUS* or FTIC FCS*
Fee to be charged
Prior to Fall 2009
50% for credits above 120% of program
100% for credits above 110% of program
*SUS = State University System of Florida
*FCS = Florida College System
The surcharge is assessed only on the tuition portion of the semester hour cost, not on the fees.
Students who first matriculate at a Florida SUS or FCS in Fall 2012 and thereafter who fail to maintain continuous enrollment (do not take classes for three consecutive semesters) will be subject to the Excess Credit Hours surcharge in effect for the semester in which they return.
Under Florida law, the following credit hours count towards Excess Credit Hours:
Under Florida law, the following credit hours do not count towards Excess Credit Hours:
Under Florida law, the students who are excluded are:
The number of hours required for the baccalaureate degree will be identified by the students declared major. This is typically 120 semester hours, although, some programs have been approved to require more than 120 semester hours.
Every undergraduate student must have a degree evaluation identifying the degree requirements, the transfer courses applied to the degree, and the UNF courses applied to the degree by the end of their first semester at UNF. Please see your advisor if you have questions about a specific course.
If you would like to contact the State of Florida to ask questions about this policy, you can find contact information here.
To provide feedback regarding this law, contact your legislator.
For the purpose of calculating your excess credit counter, the credits earned toward either a dual degree or a dual major are all included in the total. It might be possible to separate your credit, but only in cases where documentation exists that the credit in question counts only to the second major or dual degree and cannot be used to satisfy degree requirements for the primary program. If you have added a dual major or degree and think you may be in this situation, you are encouraged to talk with your academic advisor about your Excess Credit Hour situation.
Courses that are part of the class instruction preparation for a professional certification exam, may be excluded from your excess credit total. Examples of these might be a computer science class that prepares you for a Microsoft certification exam, or a foundational education class that prepares you for a teacher certification exam. In these cases, the one specific course that prepares you for the exam may be excluded from your total, but not all courses in the degree program.
All credit earned while on active duty is exempt from the Excess Credit Hour law. Documenting active duty military service is something that we do not currently track, so it is critical that you let us know of any credit that you have earned while on active duty. You will need to submit a written request and you should include a copy of your DD214 as part of the appeal.
Graduate courses are included in your Excess Credit Hour count if they are being used toward your baccalaureate degree. Credit that is only used for the graduate degree will be excluded.
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