Excess Hours Surcharge


What is it? In 2009, the Florida Legislature implemented Section 1009.286, Florida Statutes to encourage students to complete their baccalaureate degrees as quickly and efficiently as possible. It established what is commonly referred to as the Excess Credit-Hour Surcharge.


The bill requires universities to add a surcharge to each credit hour taken in excess of the total number of credit hours required to complete your degree. The amount in excess of the total is calculated based on a percentage defined in law and is referred to by the university as the threshold percentage. The amount charged per credit hour is referred to as the surcharge.


If you entered college as an undergraduate between and including Fall 2009 and Summer 2011, you are subject to a threshold percentage of 120%. For example, if you are in a degree program that requires 120 semester hours, you would be subject to the excess credit-hour surcharge for any credits taken after you reach 144 semester hours (120% of 120 semester hours).
In 2011 the legislature modified the statute and changed the threshold to 115% for students entering in Fall 2011 or later. So, if your degree program requires 120 semester hours, you would be subject to the excess credit-hour surcharge for any credits taken after reaching 138 semester hours (115% of 120 semester hours).


How much extra will I have to pay? The surcharge percentage is determined by your start date. If you started between and including Fall 2009 and Summer 2011, the surcharge is 50% of the current tuition rate in addition to what you are already assessed.


If you started in Fall 2011 or later, the surcharge is 100% of the current tuition rate in addition to what you are already assessed.


What credits count toward the threshold percentage? Essentially, all college credit hours count, including: courses you fail, courses you drop after the end of drop/add, withdrawals, repeats and transfer credit earned at another institution.


Are there any credits that do not count toward the threshold percentage? The following credits do not count toward the threshold: credits earned through an articulated accelerated mechanism such as AP, IB, AICE, or dual enrollment; withdrawals due to medical or personal hardship; credit hours required for certification, recertification or certificate programs; credit hours taken by active-duty military personnel; credit hours required to achieve a dual degree or double major taken while pursuing a baccalaureate degree; remedial and English as a second language credit hours; credit hours earned through internships; and credit hours earned in military science courses that are part of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program.


How do I find out how many of my credits count toward the percentage threshold? The university has created an excess credit-hour counter to track the number of credits you have attempted that apply toward the percentage threshold. Your personal counter will be created during the admissions process, and it will follow you throughout your academic career with us. The counter updates automatically each time you enroll in credit that counts toward the percentage threshold. Your personal count can be be viewed on Student Self-Service from Degree Audit>View Your Excess Surcharge Counter.


Excess Hours Documentation

Semester You Entered UF as an Undergraduate

Threshold Percentage
(Percentage of the hours required by the state to complete your degree)

Surcharge Percentage
(Additional percentage of your tuition for each semester credit taken above the threshold)

Before and including Summer 2009

Not applicable

Not applicable

Between and including Fall 2009 to Summer 2011

120% of the minimum hours required for degree

Additional 50% on top of normal tuition rate

Between and including Fall 2011 to Summer 2012

115% of the minimum hours required for degree

Additional 100% on top of normal tuition rate

Fall 2012 and later

110% of the minimum hours required for degree

Additional 100% on top of normal tuition rate