Tuition Surcharge FAQs

These FAQs provide details about the Tuition Surcharge and waiver process

Degree-seeking students who exceed credit hour limits towards their degree may be subject to a 50% Tuition Surcharge. The UNC Board of Governors defines exceeding credit hour limits as:

  • 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, 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.

For a complete description of the surcharge policy as required by the North Carolina General Statute section 9.10.(b) § 116-143.7. Session Law 2009-451, please click here.

Based on University academic records, you fell into one of the categories listed below:

A. For students earning a first baccalaureate degree in a program that requires no more than 128 credit hours, the surcharge shall be applied to all counted credit hours in excess of 140 hours.

B. For students earning a first baccalaureate degree in a board-approved program that requires more than 128 counted credit hours, the surcharge shall be applied to all credit 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 and combined bachelor's/master's degrees.

C. For students earning a baccalaureate degree other than their first, the surcharge shall be applied to all counted credit hours that exceed 110 percent of the minimum additional credit hours needed to earn the additional baccalaureate degree.

No, but there is an option to request a “waiver” of the tuition surcharge if your situation fits into one of categories specified in the waiver procedures established by the state. Waiver requests that do not fall into one of these four categories will not be considered. If you believe your circumstances fall within one of these four categories, you must complete a Tuition Waiver Review Form and attach supporting documents as needed using the "Attachment" button at the bottom of the online form.

Your waiver request must be received or post-marked no later than 30 business days after the tuition surcharge bill is sent to you. Tuition surcharge bills are sent via email to your official UNC Charlotte email address – no paper bills are sent.

Surcharge waiver requests cannot be accepted until after the tuition surcharge e-bills are sent out each term. Surcharge e-bills are sent separately from the regular tuition/fees/housing bills and are sent 7-10 business days after the final day to register for each term.

See examples of supporting documents for each of the four categories. These lists are not exhaustive and you may submit additional information. We will not be able to contact you if your documents are incomplete or do not arrive. It is your responsibility to ensure that all materials you wish to submit are included with your waiver request.

No, the Tuition Surcharge Waiver Review Form should be submitted for the current semester’s tuition surcharge. In addition, requests for waivers are not considered for semesters prior to Fall 2009. The Tuition Surcharge Waiver Review Form must be received or post-marked no later than 30 business days after the tuition surcharge ebills are sent out. If a current semester waiver request is approved, the tuition surcharge will be waived on the student’s financial record.

All students who submit a waiver request will be notified of the Committee’s decision within 30 business days of submission.

No. Personal interviews are not conducted. Your waiver requests will be considered based on the materials you submit and your academic history.

The decision of the Committee is final and there will be no further review. Within 30 business days of receiving your waiver request, you will be notified by email of the Committee’s decision.

No, the tuition surcharge will not affect your current financial aid. However, you may want to contact us to inquire about the possibility of increasing your student loans to help cover some of the tuition surcharge amount.

If you are assessed the surcharge and you feel an error was made in which courses were mistakenly included (Example: I believe my summer school transfer credits from UNC-A were not excluded from the calculation) you may request a review of your record by completing the Waiver/Review form. Check the box “Summer Hours Review” and submit it to

If you need assistance completing the form due to disability related reasons, please call Niner Central at 704-687-8622 or email