Tuition Surcharge FAQ

What is the tuition surcharge?

In 1993, the North Carolina General Assembly (Senate Bill 27, Section 89b) enacted legislation directing the UNC Board of Governors to impose a 25% tuition surcharge on students who take more than 140 degree-credit hours to complete the first undergraduate baccalaureate degree in a four-year program or more than 110% of the credit hours necessary to complete a five-year program. In 1994, the legislation was modified (Senate Bill 1505, Section17.10) to exempt students who complete the degree in eight regular term semesters or the equivalent (or ten semesters for a five-year program). Effective fall 2010, the surcharge increased to 50%.

Who is affected by tuition surcharge?

All undergraduate degree-seeking students admitted to UNCG beginning fall 1994 are affected. The surcharge applies to transfer students, in-state and out-of-state students. Students enrolled at UNCG prior to fall 1994 are exempt.

What counts in the 140 semester hour allowed before the surcharge applies?

  1. all semester (fall and spring semester) academic credit hours attempted (includes repeated course work and failed course work); and
  2. all transfer credit hours from UNC System schools and North Carolina Community Colleges that are accepted by UNCG.  Effective, Fall 2014, all transfer credit completed after August 15, 2013 will count in tuition surcharge.
  3. Effective Fall 2014 withdrawal grades of WX, WT and WF will count in tuition surchage.

Is there anything that doesn’t count in the 140 semester hour limit?

The undergraduate credit (semester) hours to be excluded in the calculation of the tuition surcharge are:

  1. College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) credit;
  2. College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or similar programs’ credits;
  3. Credit earned through any UNCG advanced placement, course validation, or similar procedure;
  4. Credit earned in summer sessions;
  5. Transfer credit from institutions other than the UNC System schools and North Carolina Community Colleges.  Effective, Fall 2014, all transfer credit completed after August 15, 2013 will count in tuition surcharge.
  6. Credit earned while enrolled as a high school student;
  7. Credit associated with courses officially dropped by the student consistent with UNCG policy.

How much will the tuition surcharge be?

The surcharge is 50% of the tuition (tuition only, not fees) for the hours in excess of 140 s.h. The surcharge applies to in-state tuition and out-of-state tuition.

How will transfer credit affect the 140 semester hour limit?

Transfer credit will count toward the 140 semester hour limit with the exception of summer credit and credit from institutions outside of the UNC System schools and North Carolina Community Colleges. Credit hours earned through UNC degree-credit extension programs are also exempt. Effective, Fall 2014, all transfer credit completed after August 15, 2013 will count in tuition surcharge.

What if a student attends summer school at a community college in North Carolina?

All credits earned at a community college with the exception of summer sessions count in the 140 semester hour limit.

What if a student has over 140 semester hours but graduates in 4 years or fewer?

The 140 semester hour limit applies only to students who take longer than eight regular term semesters to earn a four-year baccalaureate degree or ten regular term semesters in a degree program designated by the Board of Governors as a five-year program. Transfer credit is included in this calculation.

What happens if a student’s degree program requires more than 128 semester hours?

For students earning a first baccalaureate degree in a UNC Board of Governors board approved program that require more than 128 credit hours, the surcharge shall be applied to all 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, as well as those involving double majors or combined bachelors/master’s degrees.

How does the 140 semester hour rule apply to students seeking a second undergraduate degree?

The surcharge will be applied when the student exceeds 110% of the minimum number of additional hours required for the second degree.

Is there an appeals process?

No, but there is an option to request a “waiver” of the tuition surcharge if your situation fits into one of categories specified in the waiver procedures established by the state. Waiver requests that do not fall into one of these four categories will not be considered. If you believe your circumstances fall within one of these four categories, you must complete a Tuition Surcharge Waiver Request Form within 30 business days of receiving a tuition surcharge notice. That notice will be in the form of an email, sent to the student’s UNCG email account and will include the actual submission deadline date.

What is the deadline to apply for a waiver?

Your waiver request must be received or post-marked no later than 30 business days after the tuition surcharge notification is sent to you. Tuition surcharge e-bills are sent via email to your official UNC Greensboro email address – no paper bills are sent.

If I anticipate getting a surcharge next semester, or any future semester, can I request a waiver now?

No. While being proactive is commendable, the committee does not review waiver requests for future occurrences. The committee will only review waivers for students, who are being assessed a tuition surcharge, in the current term.

Where do I send my waiver requests and materials?

All waiver requests must be submitted online using the interactive Tuition Surcharge Waiver Request Form. If you must mail information, please send to:

Tuition Surcharge Waiver Appeals Committee
c/o UNCG University Registrar’s Office
PO Box 26170, Greensboro, NC 27402-6170.

What documents of support do I include? Will you tell me if my documents are complete?

Specific examples of the required documentation are outlined within the form. These lists are not exhaustive and you may submit additional information.
No, we will not be able to contact you if your documents are incomplete or do not arrive. It is your responsibility to ensure that all materials you wish to submit are included with your waiver request.

When will the committee review my waiver request?

All students who submit a waiver request will be notified of the Committee’s decision within 30 business days of submission.

Can I talk to the Committee in person?

No. Personal interviews are not conducted. Your waiver requests will be considered based on the materials you submit and your academic history.

Who can I talk to if the Committee denies my waiver request?

The decision of the Committee is final and there will be no further review. Within 30 business days of receiving your waiver request in the University Registrar’s Office, you will be notified by email of the Committee’s decision.