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.

Students should consult their advisors if they are subject to Excess Credit Hour surcharges and, if so, how likely are they to incur them as well as the estimated surcharges.  The advisor will also determine if the student is eligible to petition any credits not subject to excess hour surcharges and can assist with the petition process.

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