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Tuition Charged for Excessive Undergraduate Credit Hours

The State of Texas does not provide funds to state institutions of higher education for excess semester credit hours attempted by a resident undergraduate student. Since funding will not be provided by the state, and as permitted by state law, students who exceed the maximum semester credit hour limit of their program, based on the chart below, will be charged an additional $200 per semester credit hour. The additional tuition rate, established by the SFA Board of Regents, will be charged beginning with the term after the student reaches the maximum number of credit hours attempted in excess of the degree requirements. (Note: The $200 per semester credit hour rate is effective beginning summer 2017. Previously, the non-resident tuition rate was charged for excessive undergraduate credit hours.)

Effective with students initially enrolling in the fall 1999 semester and subsequent terms, excess credit hours are those hours attempted by a resident undergraduate student that exceed by more than 45 hours the number of hours required for completion of the degree plan in which the student is enrolled. Effective with students initially enrolling in the fall 2006 semester and subsequent terms, excess credit hours are those hours attempted by a resident undergraduate student that exceed by more than 30 hours the number of hours required for completion of the degree program in which the student is enrolled. For purposes of excess hours, a resident undergraduate student includes a non-resident student who is permitted to pay resident tuition.

The semester credit hours counted toward the limitation include all hours attempted by the student except:


Initial Enrollment in Texas Public Institution of Higher Education Maximum Number of Attempted Credit Hours in Excess of Degree Requirements Allowed at Resident Rate
Prior to Fall 1999 No maximum
Fall 1999-Summer 2006 45 hours
Fall 2006-Present 30 hours

 

Cross Reference
Texas Education Code Sec. 54.014 and 61.0595

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