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Policies and Procedures

Excessive Hours

What is meant by Excessive Hours?

Texas Education Code § 54.014 specifies that resident undergraduate students who initially enrolled as an undergraduate student in an institution of higher education fall semester 1999 and later may be subject to a higher tuition rate for attempting excessive hours at any Texas public institution of higher education while classified as a resident student for tuition purposes.

  • Undergraduate students who enrolled initially in the fall 1999 semester or subsequent semesters cannot exceed more than 45 hours of the number of hours required for completion of the degree plan in which they are enrolled. Any hours beyond 45 are considered excessive and may result in additional tuition charges.
  • Undergraduate students who enrolled initially in the fall 2006 semester or subsequent semesters cannot exceed more than 30 hours of the number of hours required for completion of the degree plan in which they are enrolled. Any hours beyond 30 are considered excessive and may result in additional tuition charges.

Purpose of Excessive Hours Policy

The purpose of these policies is to encourage students to complete their degree programs in an efficient, timely manner.

What counts toward the Excessive Hours Policy?

Courses that count towards the excessive hour calculation are those attempted at any Texas public institution of higher education. This includes:

  • Hours earned in courses in which a grade is earned on the transcript;
  • Courses dropped with a grade of “W”, “F”,”Q” or equivalent;
  • Hours excluded from the student record resulting from Academic Fresh Start;
  • Hours excluded through use of Grade Exclusion;
  • Hours replaced through use of Grade Replacement.

Degree plan hours include the total number of hours required for a student to complete his or her degree plan. If you are an intended or undeclared major, your degree plan hours default to a count of 120. Students with excessive hours are encouraged to contact their academic advisor to review their degree plan and insure that it is complete, accurate and to verify the hours required for completion.

You may apply for graduation; however, application for graduation does not preclude out-of-state tuition.

Exceptions to the Excessive Hours Policy

The semester credit hours counted toward the limitation include all hours attempted by the student except:

  • Semester credit hours earned by the student before receiving a baccalaureate degree that has been previously awarded.
  • Semester credit hours earned by the student by examination or under any other procedure by which credit is granted without registering for a course for which tuition is charged.
  • Credit for remedial education courses, technical courses, workforce education courses funded according to contact hours, or other courses that do not count toward a degree program at the institution.
  • Semester credit hours earned by the student at a private or an out-of-state institution.
  • Semester credit hours that are repeatable for credit.


Requirement to update academic records

UT Arlington students who also enroll at other institutions of higher education have an obligation to ensure that UT Arlington has a complete and accurate academic record. Students who enroll in coursework at other institutions must transfer all records of that course work to UT Arlington’s Office of Admissions, Records and Registration at the conclusion of each semester.

Recommended Action

We urge you to work with your academic advisor closely to determine the shortest path to completion of your degree. For a list of academic advisors: http://www.uta.edu/universitycollege/current/academic-planning/uac.

If you do not meet the admission requirements for your desired major or cannot graduate in a timely way from the degree program in which you are enrolled, we strongly recommend that you consider changing to a different major. UTA offers bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees within 12 academic units. For guidance in choosing a major that is a good fit for you based upon your interests and skills, please work with your academic advisor.