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Undergraduate Funding Limit Rule

This legislation is an attempt to offer a financial incentive to encourage students to complete degree programs in a timely manner. Students are then subject to penalty for excessive hours.

If you are a Texas resident and you enrolled in any Texas public institution of higher education BEFORE Fall 1999 you are exempt from the Undergraduate Funding Limit Rule.

If you are a Texas resident and you enrolled in any Texas public institution of higher education for the first time in Fall 1999 or later, the following provision applies to you:

Students Affected

Texas Education Code §54.014 provides that there is now a limit on the number of hours an undergraduate Texas resident may attempt* while paying in-state tuition.  Students who started Fall 1999 through Summer 2006 and attempt* 45 or more semester credit hours beyond the hours required to complete their degree could be charged tuition not exceeding out-of-state tuition rates for these excess hours.

Students who started Fall 2006 and thereafter and attempt* 30 or more semester credit hours beyond the hours required to complete their degree could be charge tuition not exceeding out-of-state tuition rates for these excess hours. Students who have not selected a major are considered, by state law, to have degree requirements of 120 hours.

Developmental courses are excluded from these rules.

For example: If your approved degree plan requires 120 semester credit hours, and you started your higher education between Fall 1999 through Summer 2006 then for every credit hour you attempt* beyond 165 (120+45), you could be charged tuition not exceeding out-of-state tuition rates.

If you started your higher education Fall 2006 and thereafter then for every credit hour you attempt* beyond 150 (120+30), you could be charged tuition not exceeding out-of-state tuition rates.

{Please note that all hours in which a student was enrolled at any Texas public institution of higher education, community college or 4-year public institution, are counted for the 45 or 30 hour cap whether or not the hours are accepted for transfer credit at Texas A&M-Central Texas. }