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 the undergraduate degree program on your record with the highest "Hours Required for Major." 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 Excess Hours Limit. The amount charged per credit hour is referred to as the Surcharge. This threshold percentage has been changed by the legislature several times, as follows:


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 hour surcharge for any credits taken after you reach 144 semester hours (120% of 120 semester hours).

If you entered college as an undergraduate between Fall 2011 and Summer 2012, you are subject to a threshold percentage of 115%. 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 the Limit of 138 semester hours (115% of 120 semester hours).

If you entered college as an undergraduate between Fall 2012 and Spring 2019, you are subject to a threshold percentage of 110%. 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 the Limit of 132 semester hours (110% of 120 semester hours).

If you entered college as an undergraduate between Summer 2019 or later, you are subject to a threshold percentage of 120%. If your degree program requires 120 semester hours, you would be subject to the excess credit-hour surcharge for any credits taken after reaching the Limit of 144 semester hours (120% of 120 semester hours).


How much extra will I have to pay? The surcharge percentage (additional percentage of your tuition for each semester credit taken above the Excess Hours Limit) is determined by your start date. The surcharge is 100% of the current tuition rate in addition to the normal tuition rate on each credit over the limit.


Are there any credit hours that do not count toward the Excess Hours Limit? 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
  • credit hours earned in military science courses that are part of the Reserve Officers' Training Corps (ROTC) program


What Happens if I graduate in 4 years, but exceed the Excess Hour Limit? Students that start at UF as freshmen will receive a refund of up to 12 credit hours of their excess hours surcharge if they graduate in 4 years or less.


How do I find out how many of my credit hours count toward the Excess Hours Limit? The university has created an excess credit-hour counter to track the number of credit hours you have attempted that apply toward the Excess Hours Limit. Your personal counter will be created during your first semester, and it will update throughout your academic career with us. The counter updates automatically each time you enroll in credit that counts toward the Total Accumulated Toward Limit. Your personal count can be viewed on ONE.UF >> Excess Hours.

Sample from ONE.UF:

Sample of credit hours count from ONE.UF


Excess Hours by Year of Enrollment

Semester You Entered UF as an Undergraduate at a Florida Public Post-Secondary Institution

Threshold Percentage
(Percentage of the max "Hours Required for Major" on your record)

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 – Spring 2019

110% of the minimum hours required for degree

Additional 100% on top of normal tuition rate

Summer 2019 and later

120% of the minimum hours required for degree

Additional 100% on top of normal tuition rate