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Undergraduate Excessive Hours


Undergraduate Excessive Hours Fee

Texas Education Code §54.014 specifies that resident undergraduate students may be subject to a higher tuition rate for attempting excessive hours at any public institution of higher education while classified as a resident student for tuition purposes. Texas State students attempting hours in excess of their degree program requirements will be charged at the non-resident tuition rate for those hours, and those students are categorized as follows:

1. Students initially enrolled during or after the fall 2006 semester will be charged at the non-resident rate if, prior to the start of the semester or session, the student has previously attempted 30 or more hours over the minimum number of semester credit hours required for completion of the degree program in which the student is enrolled.

2. Students initially enrolled during the fall 1999 through summer 2006 semesters will be charged at the non-resident rate if, prior to the start of the semester or session, the student has previously attempted 45 or more hours over the minimum number of semester credit hours required for completion of the degree program in which the student is enrolled.

Attempted courses include those courses attempted at Texas State or any Texas public institution of higher education. The following types of credit hours will count toward the excessive hour limit:

  • Hours earned in courses in which a grade is earned on the transcript, including repeated courses and courses dropped with a grade of “W”
  • Hours in Texas State off-campus courses
  • Bankruptcy hours

 The following types of credit hours are exempt and will not count toward the limit: 

  • Hours earned after a baccalaureate degree
  • Hours earned through examination (without registering for a course)
  • Hours from remedial and developmental courses
  • Hours from technical and vocational or workforce education courses
  • Hours earned by the student at a private institution or an out-of-state institution
  • Hours attempted prior to declaration of fresh start

 

Appeals due to economic hardship are permitted under defined institutional policy. Texas State has determined that students who are eligible for financial aid under the Federal Pell Grant (Pell) program will be exempted from the non-resident tuition if, at the time of registration, their Pell eligibility is documented in the financial aid system at Texas State.  Students who become Pell eligible, during the semester in which they are charged the non-resident tuition, may submit eligibility documents to the Student Business Services office no later than the official last class day of the semester in which the appeal is being requested.