Undergraduate students who elect to take more than 140 degree-credit hours to complete a baccalaureate degree or more than 110% of the credit hours necessary to complete a five-year program will be subject to a 50% tuition surcharge as required by North Carolina General Statute §116-143.7. : Tuition Surcharge Guidelines.
Specifically, the legislation states:
Effective beginning with the 2010-2011 academic year, the Board of Governors of The University of North Carolina shall impose a fifty percent (50%) tuition surcharge on students who take more than 140 degree credit hours to complete a baccalaureate degree in a four-year program or more than one hundred ten percent (110%) of the credit hours necessary to complete a baccalaureate degree in any program officially designated by the Board of Governors as a five-year program. Courses and credit hours taken include those taken at that constituent institution or accepted for transfer. In calculating the number of degree credit hours taken:
Included are courses that a student:
2) Does not complete, unless the course was officially dropped by the student pursuant to the
academic policy of the appropriate constituent institution
Excluded are credit hours earned through:
1) The College Board's Advanced Placement Program, CLEP examinations, or similar programs
2) Institutional advanced placement, course validation, or any similar procedure for awarding
3) Summer term or extension programs
No surcharge shall be imposed on any student who exceeds the degree credit hour limits within the equivalent of four academic years of regular term enrollment or within five academic years of regular term enrollment in a degree program officially designated by the Board of Governors as a five-year program.