Tuition Surcharge & Waiver

If you exceed credit hour limits toward your degree, you may be subject to a 50% Tuition Surcharge. You have the option to request a tuition surcharge waiver.

You have exceeded your limits if you have:

  • More than 140 degree credit hours to complete a baccalaureate degree in a four-year program, or
  • More than 110% of the credit hours necessary to complete a baccalaureate degree in any program officially designated as a five-year program (currently only BArch), or for combined bachelor's/master's degrees.

The surcharge shall be imposed on tuition charged in the current semester and in subsequent semesters where a student’s cumulative credit hours total – with that semester’s course load included – exceeds the threshold.


Credit Hours Toward Surcharge

  1. All regular session degree-creditable courses taken at UNC Charlotte including repeated courses, failed courses, and those withdrawn after the end of the add/drop period; and
  2. All transfer credit hours accepted by UNC Charlotte from any of the UNC System institutions or North Carolina Community Colleges.
  3. (For second degrees), all counted credit hours that exceed 110 percent of the minimum additional credit hours needed to earn the additional baccalaureate degree.
  1. Those earned through the College Board's Advanced Placement (AP) and College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or similar programs
  2. Those earned through institutional advanced placement, course validation, or any similar procedure for awarding course credit
  3. Those earned through the summer session or degree-credit extension division at UNC Charlotte or at any institution
  4. Military science courses required to earn a military commission
  5. Credit hours taken while enrolled as a high school student

Tuition Surcharge Waivers

If you submit a waiver application, the tuition surcharge shall be waived if you demonstrate that any of the following have substantially disrupted or interrupted your pursuit of a degree:

  1. a military service obligation,
  2. serious medical debilitation,
  3. a short-term or long-term disability, or
  4. other extraordinary hardship.

See below for definitions of these waiver conditions.

  1. Wait until you receive a bill with the tuition surcharge amount. Surcharge bills are not issued until after the add/drop period for that term.
  2. Make sure you fit into one of four categories (above) for which waivers may be considered for approval.
  3. Gather all supporting documents (see "Documentation Requirements" below).
  4. Fill out the Tuition Waiver Review Form. [The tuition surcharge waiver request period has ended for Fall 2018.]
  5. Submit the forms and documents according to the directions on the form within 30 business days of having received the bill. All supporting documents must be submitted with the Tuition Surcharge Waiver/Review Request Form.
  6. You will be notified of the decision within 30 business days.

 

With respect to the provisions of North Carolina General Statute § 116-143.7(c) the following terms are defined:

A. “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.

B. “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.

C. “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.

D. “Other Extraordinary Hardship” shall mean a hardship of any kind which, despite responsible handling, resulted in the substantial disruption or interruption of the student’s pursuit of a degree.

In order to demonstrate the applicability of a waiver category the student shall provide the following documentation:

A. 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.

B. Serious Medical Debilitation

Certification issued by the treating health care professional(s) stating each of the following:

  1. The approximate date on which the Serious Medical Debilitation commenced.
  2. The extent to which the serious medical condition has impacted the student’s pursuit of a degree.
  3. The relevant and appropriate medical facts regarding the condition.

C. Short-Term Disability

Certification issued by the treating health care professional(s) stating each of the following:

  1. The approximate date on which the Short-Term Disability commenced.
  2. The extent to which the student’s physical or mental incapacity has impacted the student’s pursuit of a degree.
  3. The relevant and appropriate medical facts regarding the condition.
  4. That, to the best of the treating health care professional’s knowledge, the student’s disability is not permanent.

D. Long-Term Disability

Certification issued by the treating health care professional stating each of the following:

  1. The approximate date on which the Long-Term Disability commenced
  2. The extent to which the student’s physical or mental incapacity has impacted the student’s pursuit of a degree.
  3. The relevant and appropriate medical facts regarding the condition.
  4. That, to the best of the treating health care professional’s knowledge, the student’s disability is likely to be permanent.

E. 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.