Funding Limit and 3-Peat Rules

Undergraduate funding limit rules

Texas Education Code § 54.014 provides a limit to the number of hours an undergraduate Texas resident may attempt while paying in-state tuition rates. This legislation impacts new undergraduate students enrolling in a Texas state institution of higher education in fall 1999 or thereafter. Students who exceed the limit of attempted hours could be charged tuition not to exceed that of out-of-state tuition rates. A&M-Central Texas adopted a fee of $100 per credit hour for students who exceed attempted hours under the undergraduate funding limit rule.

If you are a Texas resident who enrolled in any Texas state institution of higher education BEFORE 1999, you are exempt from the Undergraduate Funding Limit Rule.

If you are a Texas resident who enrolled in any Texas state institution of higher education for the first time in fall 1999 or later, the following provisions apply to you:

45-Hour Rule

New undergraduate students who started fall 1999 through summer 2006 and attempt 45 or more semester credit hours beyond the hours required to complete their degree will be charged an additional $100 per credit hour for these excess hours. Any student who is being charged additional tuition rates under the 45-hour rule and who wishes to appeal must file an appeal for each applicable semester. The appeal form and procedures may be obtained by contacting the Office of the Registrar.

30-Hour Rule

New undergraduate students who started fall 2006 and thereafter and attempt 30 or more semester credit hours beyond the hours required to complete their degree will be charged an additional $100 per credit hour for these excess hours. Students who have not selected a major are considered, by state law, to have a degree requirement of 120 hours.

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

3-Peat rule

Effective fall 2002, Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Rules (Chapter 13, Subchapter B, § 13.25) provide a limit to the number of times that a student may attempt a particular course. A student attempting a non-repeatable course more than two times at A&M-Central Texas will be subject to an additional fee of $100 per credit hour for the repeated course, in addition to the in-state tuition rate. This rule includes not only courses completed more than two times, but also courses the student dropped or from which the student withdrew after the official semester census date.

6-Drop Rule

Beginning with the fall 2007 academic term, and applying to all students who enroll in higher education for the first time during the fall 2007 academic term or any term subsequent to the fall 2007 term, an institution of higher education may not permit an undergraduate student a total of more than six dropped courses.  This includes courses dropped at another two- or four-year Texas public college or university (Section Bill 2183, 80th Legislature; THECB Regulation, Chapter 4, Section 4.10(a)).  Once a student has accumulated six (Q) drops, the student will no longer be eligible to drop additional courses.