Excess Hours Notification

Section 1009.286, Florida Statutes, establishes an "excess hour" surcharge for a student seeking a Baccalaureate Degree at a Florida public university. It is critical that students, including those entering Florida colleges, are aware of the potential for additional course fees. "Excess hours" are defined as hours that go beyond 115% of the hours required for a Baccalaureate Degree program. For example, if the length of the program is 120 credit hours, the student may be subject to an excess hour surcharge for any credits attempted beyond 138 credit hours (115% times 120 hours).

All students whose educational plan may include earning a Bachelor's Degree should make every effort to enroll in and successfully complete those courses that are required for their intended major on their first attempt. Florida college students intending to transfer to a Florida public university should identify a major or "transfer program" early and be advised of admission requirements for that program, including the approved common prerequisites. Course withdrawals and/or repeats, as well as enrollment in courses nonessential to the intended major, may contribute to a potential excess hours surcharge.

Please schedule an appointment with your advisor to create an academic plan that ensures you enroll only in courses needed for your program so that you can avoid extra costs when transferring to one of Florida's public universities.