The General Assembly amendment (Section 9.10.(a) of Session Law 2009-451) instituted a fifty percent (50%) tuition surcharge. This surcharge went into effect fall semester 2010 and applies to all undergraduates seeking a baccalaureate degree.
Specifically, it states,
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. In calculating the number of degree credit hours taken:
- Included are courses that a student:
- Does not complete unless the course was officially dropped by the student pursuant to the academic policy of the appropriate constituent institution.
- Excluded are credit hours earned through:
- The College Board's Advanced Placement Program, CLEP examinations, or similar programs.
- Institutional advanced placement, course validation, or any similar procedure for awarding course credit.
- 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.
The undergraduate credit hours to be counted in the calculation of the tuition surcharge, hereafter referred to as "Tuition Surcharge Hours," include:
- all semester (fall and spring semester) academic credit hours attempted (includes repeated course work and failed course work); and
- Transfer credit hours accepted by University of North Carolina Wilmington, including those hours accepted as electives and not applicable to the student's program of study, from any of the 16 UNC campuses and 58 North Carolina Community Colleges.
*Effective 2014-2015, all transfer credit completed after August 15th, 2013 will be included.
Excluded from Tuition Surcharge Hours are:
- College Board's Advanced Placement (AP) credit;
- International Baccalaureate (IB) credit;
- College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or similar programs' credits;
- credit earned through any UNC Wilmington supplemental credit, course validation or similar procedure;
- credit earned through dual-enrollment in high school;
- credit earned through military service and/or training;
- credit attempted in all summer sessions;
- credit attempted, but withdrawn prior to the end of the term*;
- credit attempted from an extension division of any UNC institution, including UNC Wilmington.
* Effective fall 2014, credit attempted but withdrawn, will be included in the surcharge calculation, per UNC General Administration policy change 400.1.5[R], adopted 4/29/2013.
Students may contact the Office of the Registrar to obtain current information on their credit hours. Students are informed, by email, when they are within twenty hours of the tuition surcharge threshold.
The tuition surcharge will be applied to undergraduate students enrolled in a degree program at UNC Wilmington as follows:
- 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 Tuition Surcharge 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 Tuition Surcharge 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 Tuition Surcharge 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 at the time of admission to studies for the second or other baccalaureate degree.
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.
The General Assembly amendment (Section 9.10.(a) of Session Law 2009-451) noted an intent to create waiver categories for the tuition surcharge and to require that the Board of Governors establish a waiver procedure for the UNC campuses to follow.
Specifically, it states,
Upon application by a student, the tuition surcharge shall be waived if the student demonstrates that any of the following have substantially disrupted or interrupted the student's pursuit of a degree: (i) a military service obligation, (ii) serious medical debilitation, (iii) a short-term or long-term disability, or (iv) other extraordinary hardship. The Board of Governors shall establish the appropriate procedures to implement the waiver provided by this subsection.
If you feel that the your personal circumstances match the waiver circumstances listed here, you should submit an appeal within thirty (30) business days of receiving written notice of the tuition surcharge. The Tuition Surcharge Waiver Form also includes a listing of additional documentation that is necessary to review your appeal. Once you have completed the form and attached the requested support documentation, please submit to:
Tuition Surcharge Waiver Appeals Committee
c/o Freeman Whitney, Associate Registrar
601 S. College Road, Wilmington, NC 28403
- Or -
Fax to: 910-962-3887
Email to: email@example.com
To reference the Tuition Surcharge Guidelines issued by the University of North Carolina General Administration, click here.
- Why do I have to pay the surcharge?
Based on University academic records, you fell into one of the categories listed below:
- 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.
- 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, 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 counted credit hours that exceed 110 percent of the minimum additional credit hours needed to earn the additional baccalaureate degree.
- Is there an appeals process?
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 submit the form and supporting documents to the Office of the Registrar, in James Hall, within 30 business days of receiving a tuition surcharge notice. That notice will be in the form of an email, sent to the student's UNCW email account and will include the actual submission deadline date.
- What is the deadline to apply for a waiver?
Your waiver request must be received or post-marked no later than 30 business days after the tuition surcharge notification is sent to you. Tuition surcharge e-bills are sent via email to your official UNC Wilmington email address - no paper bills are sent.
- If I anticipate getting a surcharge next semester, or any future semester, can I request a waiver now?
No. While being proactive is commendable, the committee does not review waiver requests for future occurrences. The committee will only review waivers for students, who are being assessed a tuition surcharge, in the current term.
- Where do I send my waiver requests and materials?
All waiver requests must be submitted to the UNC Wilmington Office of the Registrar, James Hall CPO Box 5618, Wilmington, NC 8403 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Submitting your waiver request via email will expedite the review process if you also submit supporting documents, as attachments.
- What documents of support do I include? Will you tell me if my documents are complete?
Specific examples of the required documentation are outlined on the back of the waiver application. These lists are not exhaustive and you may submit additional information.
No, 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.
- Is the waiver retroactive to former semesters? Can I get a refund?
Waiver requests may only be submitted for fall 2010 and thereafter. Requests for waivers for earlier terms will not be considered. If your waiver request for any of these eligible terms is approved, you will be refunded the portion of your tuition that is attributed to the surcharge and any subsequent term credits that might have been surcharged in error.
- When will the committee review my waiver request?
All students who submit a waiver request will be notified of the Committee's decision within 30 business days of submission.
- Can I talk to the Committee in person?
No. Personal interviews are not conducted. Your waiver requests will be considered based on the materials you submit and your academic history.
- Who can I talk to if the Committee denies my waiver request?
The decision of the Committee is final and there will be no further review. Within 30 business days of receiving your waiver request in the Office of the Registrar, you will be notified by email of the Committee's decision.
- Will the surcharge affect my financial aid award?
No, the tuition surcharge will not affect your current financial aid. However, you may want to contact the Office of Student Financial Aid at 910-962-3177 to inquire about the possibility of increasing your cost of attendance to help cover some of the tuition surcharge amount.
- Due to my disability, I am experiencing difficulty completing the online Tuition Surcharge Waiver Form. Who do I contact for assistance?
If you need assistance completing the form due to disability related reasons, please call the Office of the Registrar at 910-962-3125 or email email@example.com.
I transferred to UNCW. How do you determine when I've reached my eighth semester?
Surcharge is only applicable after your eighth semester. All semesters are counted beginning with the first term following high school graduation. This would include enrolled semesters from your prior transfer institution. Semesters for which credit is earned during high school, are excluded.
The Office of Registrar cannot address questions about the basis for the decisions made by the Tuition Surcharge Waiver Committee.