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.