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Excessive Undergraduate Hours

Section 54.014, Texas Education Code, establishes a maximum number of semester credit hours that an undergraduate Texas resident may attempt while paying tuition at the rate provided for Texas residents. Attempted hours include all hours taken at a Texas state institution of higher education for which a student was registered as of Census Day, including, but not limited to, courses that have been repeated, failed, and courses from which the student withdrew.A student who exceeds the maximum hours may be charged tuition at a rate higher than the rate charged to other resident undergraduate students, but the rate may not exceed the rate charged to nonresident undergraduate students and applies only to the excess hours. Students already holding one baccalaureate degree are exempt when enrolled in a second baccalaureate degree program.

For undergraduate resident students enrolling for the first time in fall 1999 through summer 2006, the maximum is 45 hours above the MINIMUM number of hours required for completion of the degree program in which the student is enrolled, or 120 hours for a student who is not enrolled in a degree program.

For undergraduate resident students enrolling for the first time in fall 2006, the maximum is 30 hours above the MINIMUM number of hours required for completion of the degree program in which the student is enrolled, or 120 hours for a student who is not enrolled in a degree program.

Texas Education Code, 54.068, provides that institutions may charge a higher rate of tuition to students with repeated or excess hours. Undergraduate students attempting a course, or a substantively identical course, more than two times will be charged at a rate higher than their current tuition rate.