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Semester Credit Hours Limit

Undergraduate Students

Texas Education Code § 54.014 establishes a maximum number of semester credit hours an undergraduate student may attempt while paying Texas resident tuition. A student who exceeds the maximum hours will be charged the non-resident tuition rate.

Hour limitations

  • Enrolled prior to fall 1999 – Limit does not apply
  • Enrolled between fall 1999 and summer 2006 – 45 hours over that required for degree program
  • Enrolled after fall 2006 – 30 hours over that required for degree program

Attempted hours include

  • Earned and unearned hours (including non-passing grades)
  • Withdrawn courses (includes administrative/ non-academic)
  • Repeated courses

Hours excluded

  • Credit hours excluded from the student record due to an election of admission under Academic Fresh Start
  • Credit hours earned from courses taken before receiving a previously-awarded baccalaureate degree
  • Credit hours earned by examination (AP, CLEP, IB, or SAT II)
  • Credit from remedial and developmental courses
  • Credit hours taken at a private institution or an out-of-state institution
  • Credit hours taken as dual-credit prior to high school graduation where the university has a final official high school transcript on file