Undergraduate students who elect to take more than 140 degree-credit hours to complete a baccalaureate degree or more than 110% of the credit hours necessary to complete a five-year program will be subject to a 50% tuition surcharge as required by North Carolina General Statute §116-143.7. Click here to view a copy of the Tuition Surcharge Regulations.
Specifically, the legislation states:
Effective beginning with the 2010-2011 academic year, the Board of Governors of The University of North Carolina shall impose a fifty percent (50%) tuition surcharge 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. Courses and credit hours taken include those taken at that constituent institution or accepted for transfer. In calculating the number of degree credit hours taken:
B. Does not complete unless the course was officially dropped by the student pursuant to the academic policy of the appropriate constituent institution.
A. The College Board's Advanced Placement Program, CLEP examinations, or similar programs.
B. Institutional advanced placement, course validation, or any similar procedure for awarding course credit.
C. 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.
Tuition surcharge is a fee required by the General Administration of the University of North Carolina System and is not an ECU fee. There is not an appeal process for this fee, but there is an option to request a waiver of the tuition surcharge if your situation meets one of the following:
Military Service Obligation - shall mean the performance of duty on a voluntary or involuntary basis in connection with service in the Armed Forces, Reserves, or National Guard including, but not limited to; active duty, active duty for training, initial active duty for training, and inactive duty training.
Serious Medical Debilitation- shall mean an illness, injury, impairment, or physical or mental condition requiring; (a) inpatient care in a hospital, hospice, or residential medical care facility; or (b) continuing treatment by a health care provider; provided that such incapacity did not result from the student’s violation of University policy or the commission of a felony.
Disability - shall mean a mental or physical incapacity that causes the performance of the student’s academic commitments to become impossible or impractical; provided that such incapacity did not result from the student’s violation of University policy or the commission of a felony
Other Extraordinary Hardship- shall mean hardship of any kind which, despite responsible handling, resulted in the substantial disruption or interruption of the student’s pursuit of a degree.
Waiver requests that do not fall into one of the four categories will not be considered. Supporting documentation along with the Tuition Surcharge Waiver Form is required for all waivers. The following are examples of the types of supporting documents needed for each of the four categories:
1. The approximate date on which the Serious Medical Debilitation commenced.
2. The extent to which the serious medical condition has impacted the student’s pursuit of a degree.
3. The relevant and appropriate medical facts regarding the condition.
1. The approximate date on which the Short-Term Disability commenced.
2. The extent to which the student’s physical or mental incapacity has impacted the student’s pursuit of a degree.
4. That, to the best of the treating health care professional’s knowledge the student’s disability is not permanent.
Waivers must be received and post marked no later than 30 business days of receiving notice of the tuition surcharge. Students will be notified within 30 business days of the receipt of the waiver request of the committee's decision. All waiver requests must be submitted via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, fax at (252) 328-2413, or mailed to:
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