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Excess Credit Hour Surcharge

In 2009, the Florida Legislature implemented Section 1009.286, Florida Statutes to encourage students to complete their baccalaureate degrees 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 the 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 None
Fall 2009 - Summer 2011

(Cohort 1)

50% of the tuition rate

for credits above 120% of program

Fall 2011 - Summer 2012

(Cohort 2)

100% of the tuition rate

for credits above 115% of program

Fall 2012 - Spring 2019

(Cohort 3)

100% of the tuition rate

for credits above 110% of program

Summer 2019 and thereafter

(Cohort 4)

100% of the tuition rate

for credits above 120% 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. Students who matriculated prior to fall 2009 are excluded.


Under Florida law, the following credit hours count towards Excess Credit Hours:


  • Failed courses
  • Hours dropped after the University's drop/add period
  • Courses from which a student withdraws
  • Repeated courses. Exception: repeated courses for which the student has paid the repeat course surcharge as provided in Section 1009.285, Florida Statutes
  • All credit earned at another institution and accepted for transfer and applied toward the baccalaureate degree program


Under Florida law, the following credit hours do not count towards Excess Credit Hours:


  • College credit earned through articulated accelerated mechanisms such as AP, IB, CLEP, AICE, or Dual Enrollment
  • Credit hours earned through internships
  • Credit hours required for certification, recertification, or certificate programs
  • Courses from which the student withdraws for reasons of medical or personal hardship
  • Credit taken by active-duty military personnel
  • Credit hours taken to achieve a dual major while pursuing a baccalaureate degree
  • Remedial and English-as-a-second-language credit hours
  • Credit hours earned while participating in a Reserve Officer's Training Corps (ROTC) program


At UNF, many of these exemptions are automatic; however, you may be eligible for additional exemptions under the statute. As such, we strongly encourage you to review your Excess Hours Status page along with your coursework. To review which of your courses are being counted toward your total number of allowed credit hours under the Excess Hours regulation, you should:


  • Log into myWings
  • Select the Student Records tile
  • Select Student Self-Service > Select Student Records > Select Excess Hours Status


If upon review you believe that there are courses that should be exempt as outlined in the Excess Hours statute, you may submit an Enrollment Services Appeal for review. Appeals must be submitted within your first year of enrollment at UNF. Please see your advisor if you have questions about a specific course(s).


For questions about this legislation, you may contact the State of Florida.



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