Tuition surcharge is a fee required by the General Administration of the University of North Carolina System and is not an WSSU fee. There is not an appeal process for this fee, but there is an option to request a waiver of the tuition surcharge if your situation meets one of the following:

  • Military Service Obligation - shall mean the performance of duty on a voluntary or involuntary basis in connection with service in the Armed Forces, Reserves, or National Guard including, but not limited to; active duty, active duty for training, initial active duty for training, and inactive duty training.
  • Serious Medical Debilitation - shall mean an illness, injury, impairment, or physical or mental condition requiring; (a) inpatient care in a hospital, hospice, or residential medical care facility; or (b) continuing treatment by a health care provider; provided that such incapacity did not result from the student's violation of University policy or the commission of a felony.
  • Disability - shall mean a mental or physical incapacity that causes the performance of the student's academic commitments to become impossible or impractical; provided that such incapacity did not result from the student's violation of University policy or the commission of a felony
  • Other Extraordinary Hardship - shall mean hardship of any kind which, despite responsible handling, resulted in the substantial disruption or interruption of the student's pursuit of a degree.

Waiver requests that do not fall into one of the four categories will not be considered. Supporting documentation along with the Tuition Surcharge Waiver Form is required for all waivers. The following are examples of the types of supporting documents needed for each of the four categories:

  • Military Service Obligation - Verification of the student's voluntary or involuntary performance of a duty in connection with service in the Armed Forces, Reserves, or National Guard including, but not limited to; active duty, active duty for training, initial active duty for training, and inactive duty training.
  • Serious Medical Debilitation - Certification issued by the treating health care professional(s) stating each of the following:
    • The approximate date on which the serious medical debilitation commenced.
    • The extent to which the serious medical condition has impacted the student's pursuit of a degree.
    • The relevant and appropriate medical facts regarding the condition.
  • Disability - Certification issued by the treating health care professional(s) stating each of the following:
    • The approximate date on which the short-term disability commenced.
    • The extent to which the student's physical or mental incapacity has impacted the student's pursuit of a degree.
    • The relevant and appropriate medical facts regarding the condition.
    • That, to the best of the treating health care professional's knowledge the student's disability is not permanent.
  • Other Extraordinary Hardship - Verification of any circumstances which, despite responsible handling, led to the substantial disruption or interruption of the student's pursuit of a degree.

Waivers must be received and post marked no later than 30 business days of receiving notice of the tuition surcharge. Students will be notified within 30 business days of the receipt of the waiver request of the committee's decision. All waiver requests must be submitted via e-mail to registrar@wssu.edu, by phone: 336-750-3330, fax: 336-750-3332 or mailed to:

Winston-Salem State University
Office of the Registrar
Thompson Center
601 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive
Winston-Salem, NC 27110