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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 2012 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 – Spring 2019 110% 100%
Summer 2019 and After 120% 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.

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.

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:

  1. Your full name and ID#
  2. The course(s) in question
  3. 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 excesshours@ucf.edu.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

All UCF courses count towards Excess Hours.

Once you graduate, you will receive a refund in the following term after your graduation for assessed excess hours fees as a double major or dual degree. For example, if you graduate in the spring term, you will receive a refund by the end of the summer term.

Once you graduate, you will receive a refund in the following term after your graduation. For example, if you graduate in the spring term, you will receive a refund by the end of the summer term.

No, there is not an application you need to submit once you graduate for the excess hours fee refund. Your student record will be checked automatically by the Registrar’s Office.

No, there is not an application you need to submit once you graduate for the excess hours fee refund. Your student record will be checked automatically by the Registrar’s Office.

Data in your excess hours counter does not include future term enrollment. Your excess hours counter is updated at the end of each term’s drop/add deadline to reflect new term enrollment.

No, the Registrar’s Office cannot tell you since we have to wait for the excess hours counter updates at the end of each term’s drop/add deadline.

After the excess hours counter has been updated after the drop/add deadline each term, you will receive an email from the Registrar’s Office informing you to check your excess hours counter.

Yes, per the state legislation, all students pursuing a second bachelor’s degree are exempt from excess hours fees.

Yes, per the state legislation, all students pursuing a second bachelor’s degree are exempt from excess hours fees.

Yes, if you are also pursuing a bachelor’s degree, an Undergraduate Certificate is considered a complementary program to your bachelor’s degree. The classes for a certificate do count towards excess hours.

Yes, any credits taken at another institution after you have started at UCF are included in your excess hours credit counter. This includes courses taken as a transient student while still enrolled at UCF.

Yes, any credits taken at another institution after you have started at UCF are included in your excess hours credit counter. This includes courses taken as a study abroad student while still enrolled at UCF.

No, a term unit load registration error message signifies that you have attempted to exceed your available registration units.

The unit registration limit in the Fall and Spring terms is 17; the Summer term is 14. To enroll in more than the maximum units allowed, you will need an approved override from your major advisor.

Excess Hours refers to 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.  Please visit your personal Excess Hours Counter at myUCF > Student Self Service > Student Center > “Other Academic” (via select menu) > Excess Hours.