Tuition and Fees

Tuition Surcharge

The Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina shall ensure that procedures are established that are necessary to impose a twenty-five percent (25%) tuition surcharge prior to the 2010-2011 academic year and a fifty percent (50%) tuition surcharge beginning with the 2010-2011 academic year on students who take more than 140 degree 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 the credit hours taken at the constituent institution or accepted for transfer shall include courses failed by the student or that are not completed unless officially dropped by the student pursuant to the academic policy of the appropriate institution. The calculation of the credit hours taken shall exclude hours earned through the College Board's Advanced Placement or CLEP examination, 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.

Waiver:
Upon application by a student, the tuition surcharge shall be waived if the student demonstrates that any of the following have substantially disrupted or interrupted the student's pursuit of a degree:

  • a military service obligation
  • serious medical debilitation
  • a short-term or long-term disability
  • other extraordinary hardship

Effective Date
Effective beginning with the 2009-2010 academic year, all undergraduates seeking a baccalaureate degree at a constituent institution will be subject to the requirements listed herein. Effective beginning with the 2010-2011 academic year, the tuition surcharge will be raised from 25% to 50%.

Counted Credit Hours:
The undergraduate credit hours to be counted for this requirement include:

  • those courses taken at the constituent institution or accepted for transfer
  • failed courses
  • those courses not completed unless officially dropped by the student consistent with the academic policy of the appropriate constituent institution. All credit hours transferred shall be included for tuition surcharge calculation purposes regardless of their application to the student's major or minor, unless otherwise exempted consistent with this guideline

However, the following credit hours shall be excluded from the calculation:

  • 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 awarding course credit
  • those earned through summer session or extension programs on the campus or at another institution. In addition, and consistent with this guideline, credit hours taken while enrolled as a high school student shall be excluded from the tuition surcharge calculation.

Students Subject to the Surcharge:
The surcharge shall be imposed on all counted credit hours in excess of the threshold defined below for each of the following three categories of undergraduates:

  • For students earning a first baccalaureate degree in a program that requires no more than 128 credit hours, the surcharge shall be applied to all counted credit hours in excess of 140.
  • For students earning a first baccalaureate degree in a board-approved program that requires more than 128 counted credit hours, the surcharge shall be applied to all credit hours that exceed 110 percent of the credit hours required for the degree. Such programs include those that have been officially designated by the Board of Governors as five-year programs, and combined bachelor's/master's degrees.
  • For students earning a baccalaureate degree other than their first, the surcharge shall be applied to all counted credit hours that exceed 110 percent of the minimum additional credit hours needed to earn the additional baccalaureate degree.

Students Exempt from the Surcharge:
The surcharge shall not be imposed on undergraduates who:

  • 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 (8) 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 (10) or fewer regular term semesters or the equivalent.

How to Calculate the Surcharge:
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 surcharge does not apply to required fees.

Tuition Surcharge Waiver Procedure