In 2009, the Florida Legislature implemented Section 1009.286, Florida Statutes to encourage students to complete their baccalaureate degree as quickly and efficiently as possible and established an 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 degree being pursued. The amount in excess of the total hours is calculated based on a percentage defined in statute and is referred to by UCF as baseline hours limit. The amount charged per credit hour is a calculated amount referred to as the excess hours surcharge.
The surcharge percentage is determined by your start date. If you entered a state university for the first time as an undergraduate student between and including Fall 2009 and Summer 2011, the surcharge is 50% of the normal tuition rate. If you started in Fall 2011 or later, the surcharge is 100% of the normal tuition rate.
How Excess Hours Affect You
|Entered a State University in Florida||Baseline Hours Limit||Surcharge|
|Before Fall 2009||None||None|
|Fall 2009 – Summer 2011||120%||50%|
|Fall 2011 – Summer 2012||115%||100%|
|Fall 2012 and After||110%||100%|
Under Florida law, the following credit hours count towards Excess Credit Hours:
- Failed courses
- Hours dropped after the 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 earned at another institution and accepted for transfer and applied towards your major at the time you were admitted to UCF
The law stipulates that the following credits do not count towards Excess Hours:
- Credits earned through an articulated accelerated mechanism such as AP, IB, AICE, or dual enrollment;
- Medical withdrawals and late drops;
- Credit hours required for certification, recertification, or professional certificate programs;
- Credit hours taken by active-duty military personnel;
- Credit hours required to achieve a dual major taken while pursuing a baccalaureate degree when both majors are completed.
- Remedial credits;
- Credit hours earned in military science courses that are part of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) program;
- Credit hours earned through internship programs.
Effective July 1, 2018, UCF will refund the assessed excess hour surcharge, for up to 12 credit hours, to any student who enrolls at UCF as a first-time-in-college student and completes a baccalaureate degree program at UCF within 4 years after his or her initial enrollment.
Excess Credit Hour Counter
At UCF, we developed an excess credit hour counter available to affected students. To view this counter, go to:
myUCF > Student Self Service > Student Center > “Other Academic” (via select menu) > Excess Hours
It will track the number of credits that you have earned that apply towards the baseline hours limit and will follow you throughout your academic career at UCF. It will be updated automatically each time you enroll in or earn credit that counts towards the excess hours baseline hours limit.
You are encouraged to review the credits counted to see if all your credits have been received and counted appropriately. If you review that number and decide some credits may be exempt under law, or if something is incorrect, you may contact us.
Requests for Review, Appeals and Deadlines
You may have questions about how your hours towards excess hours were calculated or believe that there is an error in processing. If so, you may contact us with the following information:
- Your full name and ID#
- The course(s) in question
- The exemption from the list of circumstances or any other question you have.
Florida law is very specific about what courses are included in your Excess Credit Counter. The law is also very specific about what can be excluded. However, if you think that you have courses that should be waived from your Excess Credit Counter, you must complete and submit a written request with any supporting documentation. Your question may be a simple calculation issue that we can resolve.
If you have already requested a review of your Excess Hours counter and you feel there are extenuating circumstances, please contact the Registrar’s Office for instructions on how to file an appeal by emailing email@example.com.
Deadline: Appeals of the initial counter determination must be received by the end of your first term at UCF, no exceptions. Appeals of credit hours added to your counter after enrollment must be submitted within six months of the course being taken.
Excess Credit Hour Surcharge
Do graduate courses count?
Yes, graduate courses are included in your Excess Credit Hour counter if they are being used towards your baccalaureate degree. Credit that is only used for the graduate degree will be excluded.
How does this work with an undecided/undeclared major?
Your Excess Credit Hour counter is determined after completion of a review of your incoming transfer credit and a determination of what is applicable to your declared major or degree program. Since you do not have a declared major, almost everything or everything will count. Once you declare a major, any additional credits that can apply towards the major will be determined and added to your Excess Credit Counter.
What happens to my counter when I change majors?
When you elect to change your major, it is possible that your new major selection will change which courses are degree applicable. Important Note: Once the original Excess Hours review has been completed, the courses that are determined to be degree applicable will always be included in the Excess Hour Counter even if you change to a major in which they are no longer degree applicable. In most cases like this, everything that was used in the initial review will remain in your counter. Those new courses that are NOW degree applicable will be added to your counter.
What if I am pursuing a double major or double degree
The baseline will not be increased for a double major or double degree. It is possible that the student will exceed the baseline and be required to pay the excess hours surcharge prior to graduation. Once the double major or double degree has been awarded, the credit hours that apply to the second degree or second major in excess of the baseline will be refunded by Student Account Services.
What if I am pursuing a minor in addition to my major?
The baseline will not be increased for a minor. It is possible that a student will exceed the baseline when pursuing a minor in addition to the coursework for their major and will be required to pay the excess hours surcharge
Which UCF courses count towards Excess Hours?
All UCF courses count towards Excess Hours.