Excess Hours FAQ

What Credit Hours Count Toward Excess Credit Hours?


Under Florida law the following credit hours count towards your Excess Hours Limit:

All credits taken at UF, including:

  • Failed courses
  • Hours dropped after the university's drop/add period
  • Courses from which a student withdraws
  • Repeated courses. Exception: repeated courses for which the student has paid the repeat course surcharge as provided in Section 1009.285, Florida Statutes

All credit hours earned at another institution and accepted for transfer and applied toward the baccalaureate degree program


What Credit Hours do not Count Toward Excess Credit Hours?


Under Florida law the following credit hours do not count toward your Excess Hour Limit:

  • College credit hours earned through articulated accelerated mechanisms such as AP, IB, CLEP, dual enrollment, national standardized tests (ACT or SAT), etc. as defined in Section 1007.27, Florida Statutes
  • Credit hours earned through internship
  • Credit hours required for certification, recertification, or certificate programs that are not used by the student's degree program
  • Courses from which the student withdraws for reasons of medical or personal hardship
  • Credit taken by active-duty military personnel
  • Credit hours taken to achieve a dual major while pursuing a baccalaureate degree
  • Remedial and English-as-a-second-language credit hours
  • Credit hours earned while participating in a Reserve Officer's Training Corps (ROTC) program

What Happens to my Excess Credit Hour Counter when I Change Majors?


Your Excess Hours Limit is based upon the undergraduate degree program on your record with the highest minimum credit-hour requirement ("Hours Required for Major"). For example, if you change majors from a 128 credit program to a 120 credit program, your threshold will be based upon the 128 credits multiplied by threshold percentage outlined above.

When transfer students elect to change their major, it invokes another review of transfer credit to determine if additional transfer courses now apply to their new major. It is possible that the new major selection will change which courses are degree applicable. Important note: Once this additional review has been completed, the additional transfer courses that are determined to be applicable toward the new major will be added to the transfer student's "Total Accumulated Toward Limit".


How Does this Work with an Exploratory/Undeclared Major?


Exploratory majors are treated as 120 credit-hour programs for purposes of calculating the Excess Hours Limit.


What if I am Pursuing a Dual Degree or Double Major?


Excess Hours Surcharges associated with courses required to complete your second degree/major that are NOT also required to complete the first degree/major will be temporarily excluded from your Total Accumulated Toward Limit until it is determined that graduation with both degrees/majors has been confirmed. Once confirmed, the second degree/major credit hours will be permanently exempted. If graduation for both degrees/majors is not confirmed the second degree/major credit hours will be retroactively assessed the Excess Hours Surcharge for all credit hours that were temporarily excluded. Non-payment of this surcharge will prevent the release of diplomas and transcripts. If you have added a dual degree or double major and are unclear about your Excess Hours Surcharge status, you are encouraged to speak with your academic advisor to clarify.


Are Second Bachelor's Degrees Included?


Second bachelor's degrees are not excluded from the Excess Hour Surcharge law. However, since most second bachelor's degrees only require that you complete an extra 30-40 hours, you most likely will not end up in an excess credit hour situation.


Are Courses That I'm Currently Registered For Included?


Once the official drop/add period has ended for the current term, all courses you are currently registered for will be included.


What about Internships?


Internships, whether optional or required, are excluded from your counter. The university will exclude these credit-hours automatically from your excess credit-hours counter whenever possible. However, it is not always possible to identify internships on the academic record of a student, especially when taken at another institution. If you feel that your excess credit hour total includes internship hours, you should submit an appeal for an adjustment. Cooperative educational experiences, directed individual studies, and other one-on-one instructional courses are not considered internships under this law.


What about Credit I Earned While on Active Military Duty?


All credit earned while on active duty is exempt from the Excess Hour Surcharge law. Documenting active duty military service is something that we do not currently track, so it is critical that you let us know of any credit that you have earned while on active duty. You will need to submit a written request and you should include a copy of your DD214 as part of the appeal.


Do Graduate Courses Count?


Yes, graduate courses count towards your Excess Hours Limit if they are taken while pursuing your baccalaureate degree and you have not been approved for a combined degree program. Combined degree graduate credit that is used for the undergraduate and graduate degree will be excluded.


I heard that some students may get a refund for graduating in four years. How does that work?


Effective July 1st, 2018, non-transfer students that graduate within four years of their initial enrollment at UF and incur excess hours surcharges will have up to 12 credits of their surcharge refunded after graduation. If applicable, this refund will occur at the middle of the next term after drop/add. See regulation 21(c) for more information.