How is the surcharge calculated? What if I have questions about the calculations?

To determine surcharge eligibility for a degree-seeking, undergraduate student who has completed his or her eighth semester after high school graduation, the Office of the Registrar uses one of several formulas for assessing surcharge eligibility. The first step is to determine the number of surcharge-applicable hours the student has.

Surcharge-Applicable Hours

To determine how many surcharge-applicable hours a student has, use the following formula:

   Attempted hours, completed
+ Attempted hours, in-progress
- Excluded hours
= Surcharge-applicable hours

As an example, a student has 146 attempted hours displaying on his unofficial transcript in AppalNet. Of those, 130 hours are complete from past terms and 16 hours are in-progress from the current term. The student completed 36 hours that are not surcharge-applicable: 12 hours during summer semesters, 9 hours from AP exams, 3 hours through an extension campus class, and 12 hours from an early college program. When those 36 hours are excluded from the overall total of 146 attempted hours, the student is found to have 110 surcharge-applicable hours. This student will not receive a surcharge.

Note: Students should understand that changing their major could result in excess attempted hours that will count toward the tuition surcharge threshold of 140 attempted hours. Students should also note that changing a major may not be deemed a valid reason for a waiver request by the Tuition Appeals Committee.

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