Tuition and Fees
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50% Tuition Surcharge for Undergraduates
Revised by the UNC Board of Governors, August 17, 2010.
The General Assembly has instituted a 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 prior to Fall 2010, and fifty percent (50%) effective Fall 2010 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 the credit hours taken at the constituent institution or accepted for transfer shall include courses failed by the student or that are not completed unless officially dropped by the student pursuant to the academic policy of the appropriate institution. 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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:
- all semester (fall and spring semester) academic credit hours attempted (includes repeated course work and failed course work); and
- all transfer credit hours from UNC System schools and North Carolina Community Colleges that are accepted by UNCG.
Hours excluded from Tuition Surcharge Hours:
- College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) credit;
- College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or similar programs’ credits;
- credit earned through any UNCG advanced placement, course validation or similar procedure;
- credit earned in summer sessions;
- transfer credit from institutions other than the UNC System schools and North Carolina Community Colleges;
- credit earned while enrolled as a high school student;
- credit associated with courses officially dropped by the student consistent with UNCG policy.
If a student receives a North Carolina Student Incentive Grant or the North Carolina Education Lottery Scholarship 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.
Students may request a waiver for military service obligation, serious medical debilitation, disability, or other extraordinary hardship, as defined under BOG 1000.1.5 [R].