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25% Tuition Surcharge for Undergraduates

The General Assembly has instituted a twenty-five percent (25%) tuition surcharge (Section 89 (b), Senate Bill 27, 1993 Session), which became effective fall semester 1994 and applies to all new undergraduates seeking a baccalaureate degree. Specifically, it states,

“The Board of Governors of The University of North Carolina shall ensure that procedures are established that are necessary to impose a twenty-five percent (25%) tuition surcharge on students who take more than 140 degree credit hours to complete a baccalaureate degree in a four-year program or more than one hundred ten percent (110%) of the credit hours necessary to complete a baccalaureate degree in any program officially designated by the Board of Governors as a five-year program. The calculation of these credit hours taken at a constituent institution or accepted for transfer shall exclude hours earned through the College Board’s Advanced Placement or CLEP examinations, through institutional advanced placement or course validation, or through summer term or extension programs.”

Students Subject to the Surcharge

The tuition surcharge will be applied to new undergraduate students enrolled for the first time in Fall 1994 and thereafter in a degree program at UNCG as follows:

  1. For students earning a first baccalaureate degree in a program that requires no more than 128 credit (semester) hours, the surcharge shall be applied to all hours in excess of 140.
  2. For students earning a first baccalaureate degree in a UNC Board of Governors Board-approved program that requires more than 128 credit hours, the surcharge shall be applied to all hours that exceed 110 percent of the credit hours required for the degree. Such programs include those that have been officially designated by the Board of Governors as five-year programs as well as those involving double majors, or combined bachelor’s/master’s degrees.
  3. For students earning a baccalaureate degree other than their first, the surcharge shall be applied to all hours that exceed 110 percent of the minimum additional credit hours needed to earn the additional baccalaureate degree. The minimum additional credit hours will be determined by the degree evaluation performed by the Office of the University Registrar during the first semester a student is enrolled in the second or other baccalaureate degree.

Students seeking a second baccalaureate degree are required to take 31 credit hours of residency at UNCG.

The surcharge will be imposed in the fall or spring semester and in all subsequent semesters where a student’s cumulative credit hour total exceeds the threshold. The surcharge does not apply to required fees.

Hours included in Tuition Surcharge Hours:

The undergraduate credit (semester) hours to be counted in the calculation of the tuition surcharge include:

  1. all semester (fall and spring semester) academic credit hours attempted (includes repeated course work, failed course work, and course withdrawals); and
  2. all transfer credit hours accepted by UNCG.

Hours excluded from Tuition Surcharge Hours:

  1. College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) credit;
  2. College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or similar programs’ credits;
  3. credit earned through any UNCG advanced placement, course validation or similar procedure;
  4. credit earned in summer sessions at UNCG or another UNC institution;
  5. credit earned from an extension division of any UNC institution, including UNCG.

If a student receives a North Carolina Student Incentive Grant and is billed Tuition Surcharge, the student may become ineligible for funds.

Students will be informed of the Tuition Surcharge Hours earned each semester and cumulatively in their tuition billing.

Students may contact the Office of the University Registrar to obtain current information on their credit/semester hours.