Excess Hours Surcharge

In 2009, the Florida Legislature implemented Section 1009.286, Florida Statutes to encourage students to complete their baccalaureate degree as quickly and efficiently as possible. It established what is commonly referred to as an "Excess Credit Hour Surcharge." The bill requires universities to add a surcharge to each credit hour taken in excess of the total number of credit hours required to complete the degree being pursued. The amount in excess of the total hours is calculated based on a percentage defined in law and is referred to by Florida Atlantic University as Excess Hours threshold. The amount charged per credit hour is a calculated amount referred to as the surcharge.  


Students entering as FTIC SUS* or FTIC FCS*

Fee to be charged

Prior to Fall 2009 None
Fall 2009 - Summer 2011 50% for credits above 120% of program
Fall 2011 - Summer 2012 100% for credits above 115% of program
Fall 2012 - Spring 2019 100% for credits above 110% of program
Summer 2019 - and thereafter 100% for credits above 120% of program

*SUS = State University System of Florida
*FCS = Florida College System


The surcharge is assessed only on the tuition portion of the semester hour cost, not on the fees.

Students who are eligible for the Excess Hours Surcharge and break continuous enrollment after fall 2012 by not enrolling for two consecutive semesters and not registering for the third consecutive semester before the first day of that term will, upon their return to the University, be subject to the 110% credit hour threshold and 100% surcharge.

Under Florida law, the following credit hours count towards Excess Credit Hours:  

  • Failed courses
  • Hours dropped after the University's drop/add period 
  • Courses from which a student withdraws 
  • Repeated courses. Exception: repeated courses for which the student has paid the repeat course surcharge as provided in Section 1009.285, Florida Statutes  
  • All credit earned at another institution and accepted for transfer and applied toward the baccalaureate degree program 

Under Florida law, the following credit hours do not count towards Excess Credit Hours: 

  • College credit earned through articulated accelerated mechanisms such as AP, IB, CLEP, AICE, or dual enrollment
  • Credit hours earned through internship
  • Credit hours required for certification, recertification, or certificate programs 
  • Courses from which the student withdraws for reasons of medical or personal hardship 
  • Credit taken by active-duty military personnel 
  • Credit hours taken to achieve a double-major while pursuing a baccalaureate degree 
  • Remedial and English-as-a-second-language credit hours 
  • Credit hours earned while participating in a Reserve Officer's Training Corps (ROTC) program 

The number of hours required for the baccalaureate degree will be identified by the students declared major.  This is typically 120 semester hours, although, some programs have been approved to require more than 120 semester hours. 

Every undergraduate student must have a degree evaluation identifying the degree requirements, the transfer courses applied to the degree, and the FAU courses applied to the degree by the end of their first semester at FAU. Please see your college advisor if you have questions.   

If you would like to contact the State of Florida to ask questions about this policy, you can find contact information here .

To provide feedback regarding this law,  contact your legislator .

Frequently Asked Questions

Definitions of the Excess Hours Summary
(Headings on the Unofficial Transcript in MYFAU)

 Last Modified 11/1/21