Skip to Main Content

Excess Credit Hour Surcharge

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.


*Certain credits may be eligible for exemption from the excess hour surcharge. Students transferring into UNF from other post-secondary institutions may be eligible for surcharge exemptions on transfer coursework that is not degree-applicable. New students seeking an exemption to the excess hour surcharge must request an evaluation from their academic advisor within their first year of enrollment at UNF.


Students entering as


Fee to be charged

Prior to fall 2009


Fall 2009 - Summer 2011

50% for credits above 120% of program

Fall 2011 - Summer 2012 100% for credits above 115% of program
Fall 2012 and thereafter

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:

  • 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 internship
  • 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

Under Florida law, students who matriculated prior to fall 2009 are excluded.

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 contact information.


Frequently Asked Questions