Excess Credit Hours
Tuition Charged for Excess Credit Hours
(formerly known as the "170-Hour Rule")
The State of Texas will not provide funds to state institutions of higher education for excess semester credit hours earned by a resident student. Since funding will not be provided by the State, and as permitted by State law, TAMU will charge tuition at the non-resident rate to all students that exceed the semester credit hour limit of their program.
Effective with students initially enrolling in the fall 1999 semester and subsequent terms, excess credit hours are those hours attempted by a resident undergraduate student that exceed by more than 45 hours the number of hours required for completion of the degree plan in which the student is enrolled. Effective with students initially enrolling in the fall 2006 semester and subsequent terms, excess credit hours are those hours attempted by a resident undergraduate student that exceed by more than 30 hours the number of hours required for completion of the degree program in which the student is enrolled.
The limitation on excess credit hours applies only to those undergraduate students who first enter higher education in the fall of 1999 and thereafter. For purposes of excess hours, resident undergraduate student includes a nonresident student who is permitted to pay resident tuition.
Census Date Deadline
Degree program changes made after the census date of a given semester will not affect the tuition rates of a student for that semester or previous semesters, even if the program changes allow the student to no longer exceed their credit hour limit.
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 other procedure by which credit is earned 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 would not generate academic credit that could be applied toward a degree program at Texas A&M University.
- Semester credit hours earned by the student at a private or out-of-state institution.
- Semester credit hours earned by the student before graduating from high school and used to satisfy high school graduation requirements (Effective June 2009).
- Hours not eligible for formula funding.
- Semester credit hours earned 10 or more years before the student began his or her degree program that have been excluded from the student record due to an election of admission under the Academic Fresh Start program.
For questions please contact:
Office of the Registrar
State Policies Section
Texas A&M University
General Services Complex
750 Agronomy Road, Suite 1501
College Station, TX 77843
Campus Mail: Registrar, MS 0100