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Excess Credit Fee

Beginning Fall 2014, a 50 percent Excess Credit Fee on the per-credit registration fee shall be charged to a student who has accrued attempted credits equal to 150 percent of the credits required for the student's program of study. Attempted credits include all graded courses on a student's transcript, including but not limited to the grades of F, W (withdrawal), AU (audit) and repeated courses. The fee will be charged after 45 credits have been accumulated towards a certificate of achievement, 90 credits have been accumulated towards an associate's degree and after 180 credits for students who have been accepted into the BTCH program for a bachelor's degree. Exceptions may apply on a case-by-case basis. The fee will be charged in all terms after passing the threshold number of credits until a degree is awarded to a student.

Students who obtain an associate degree and plan to strive towards a second associate degree will have 60 credits deducted from the total that applies to the Excess Credit Fee.

Students may appeal the Excess Credit Fee based on the following criteria:

  • Credits attempted at an institution outside of NSHE if those credits do not meet the degree requirements for the program of study;
  • Credits attempted for remedial credits (e.g. MATH 95);
  • Credits earned while enrolled as a high school student if those credits do not meet the degree requirements for the student’s program of study;
  • Credits earned through examinations, such as AP or CLEP;
  • Credits that were earned toward one degree, if the student is working on a second degree
  • Other credits that WNC may determine as inappropriate for the 150% credit calculation.

Students may appeal the Excess Credit Fee by submitting an Excess Credit Fee/Maximum Financial Aid Credit Appeal form.

Students who wish to appeal are strongly advised to submit an appeal form no later than August 1 for the fall semester, December 1 for the spring semester, and May 1 for the summer semester. The deadline to submit an appeal is no later than 2 weeks after the first day of the applicable semester.

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