Excess Hours

What are Excess Hours?

Students may be charged non-resident tuition if their total semester credit hours attempted and earned exceed the number of semester credit hours required for completion of the degree sought.

Who is affected?

Undergraduate Students:

  • If a student began undergraduate coursework before Fall 1999, the student is exempt from excess hours legislation.
  • Undergraduate students who enroll in Fall 1999 or subsequent semesters are considered to be in ‘excess hours’ if their total attempted semester credit hours exceed more than 45 credit hours beyond the required number of hours for the completion of the degree program in which they are enrolled.
  • Undergraduate students who enrolled in Fall 2006 or subsequent are considered to be in ‘excess hours’ if their total attempted semester credit hours exceed more than 30 credit hours beyond the required number of hours for the completion of the degree program in which they enrolled.

Graduate Students:

  • Hours taken at UT Health Science Center at San Antonio (other than those taken for the MD/DDS professional programs) that exceed the 99-hour or 130-hour limits at the Doctoral level may not be reported by the UTHSCSA for state funding. As such, all doctoral students exceeding this limit are assessed the non-resident tuition rate regardless of their residency status or any appointment, fellowship, or other circumstance that would normally entitle them to resident tuition rates.

Additional Information:

  • Print UT Health Science Center Excess Hours Policy
  • Reference Codes:
    • The Texas Education Code 54.068 and 61.595
    • The Texas Administrative Code Chapter 13, Subchapter F, 13.102-13.108
    • Texas Education Code 54.012
    • Please contact the Office of the University Registrar for further questions.