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Policies: Excess Credit Surcharge

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Common Questions Regarding the Excess Credits Surcharge

In accordance with Board of Regents policy, all resident undergraduate students who have accumulated 165 credits (or 30 credits more than required for their degree programs, whichever is greater) will be charged a surcharge, equal to 100 percent of the regular resident tuition (e.g., tuition would double) on all credits beyond that level. Every student has the right to appeal the surcharge.

UW-System Policy on Excess Credits

Who is NOT affected by this policy?

  • Undergraduate "Special" Students
  • Graduate Students
  • Post-Baccalaureate Students
  • Students pursuing post-baccalaureate certification or licensure.
  • Residents of other states
  • Minnesota reciprocity students

Does this policy apply to credits earned elsewhere?

  • This applies only to credits earned in the UW and WTC Systems.
  • Credits transferred from other institutions, as well as other types of credit (such as advanced placement, retroactive credits, credits by exam, remedial credits, etc.) are not included.

When does the policy apply?

The surcharge will be applied to students in the semester following the one in which they reached the earned credit limit of 165 resident credits or 30 credits more than required for their degree programs, whichever is greater.

How does the appeal process work?

  • You may appeal for an exception to this policy only after you have earned a minimum of 130 credits.
  • Complete the Excess Credits Surcharge Appeal Form. (Note: The appeal form is now an eform. You will need to login using your MyBlugold credentials.)
  • Review the form with your advisor and request they approve and sign it.
  • Exceptions may be made through an appeals process and waivers will be granted in cases of extenuating circumstances.
  • The appeal needs to demonstrate that the additional coursework is required for degree completion. Any coursework that is not part of degree completion will not be approved for the waiver of the surcharge.

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