Undergraduate students who elect to take more than 140 degree-credit hours to complete a baccalaureate degree or more than 110% of the credit hours necessary to complete a five-year program will be subject to a 50% tuition surcharge as required by North Carolina General Statute §116-143.7. Tuition Surcharge Guidelines.

Specifically, the legislation states:

Effective beginning with the 2010-2011 academic year, the Board of Governors of The University of North Carolina shall impose a fifty percent (50%) 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. Courses and credit hours taken include those taken at that constituent institution or accepted for transfer.

Effective with the Fall semester of 2013, the tuition surcharge will no longer apply to credit hours earned from any college or university not part of the UNC system and not a North Carolina community college per the North Carolina General Assembly Session Law 2013-325, House Bill 255.

In calculating the number of degree credit hours taken:

Included are courses that a student

  • Fails
  • Does not complete, unless the course was officially dropped by the student pursuant to
    the academic policy of the appropriate constituent institution
  • All course work transferred to WSSU from other UNC system institutions or North
    Carolina community colleges regardless of their applicability to the student's major or
    minor (see exclusions below)

Excluded are credit hours earned through

  • Coursework transferred from any college or university not part of the UNC system and
    not a North Carolina community college. Credits earned from NC private colleges or
    universities and from out-of-state institutions are excluded.
  • College Board's Advanced Placement (AP) credit
  • College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or similar program
  • Credit earned while in high school
  • Audited courses
  • Summer term or extension programs

No surcharge shall be imposed on any student who exceeds the degree credit hour limits within the equivalent of four academic years of regular term enrollment or within five academic years of regular term enrollment in a degree program officially designated by the Board of Governors as a five-year program.

Students seeking a tuition surcharge waiver should complete the Tuition Surcharge Waiver form by one of the following dates*:

*Note the date listed is contingent upon the term you are claiming your residency.

Frequently Asked Questions

Application Deadline

Fall July 10
Spring November 10
Summer I March 15
Summer II May 1

Appeal Deadline

Fall August 5
Spring December 5
Summer I April 10
Summer II June 1