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Excess Hours Advisory

The issue of excess hours is very important for students planning to pursue a bachelor's degree. Section 1009.286, Florida Statutes, establishes an "excess hour" surcharge for a student seeking a baccalaureate degree (bachelor's degree) at a university.

It is critical that students, including those entering Florida College System institutions such as Eastern Florida State College, are aware of the potential for additional course fees related to the excess hours policy.

"Excess hours" are defined as hours that go beyond 110% of the hours required for a baccalaureate degree program. For example, if the length of the program is 120 credit hours, the student may be subject to an excess hour surcharge for any credits attempted beyond 132 credit hours (110% x 120).

All students whose educational plan may include earning a bachelor's degree should make every effort to enroll in and successfully complete those courses that are required for the intended major on their first attempt.

Florida College System students intending to transfer to a state university should identify a major or "transfer program" early and, by the time the student earns 30 semester hours of college credit, be advised of admission requirements for that program, including the approved common prerequisites.

Course withdrawals and/or repeats, as well as enrollment in courses nonessential to the intended major, may contribute to a potential excess hours surcharge.

Work closely with your EFSC academic advisor and check with advisors for the bachelor program you intend to transfer to. You can also get additional information on the impact of excess hours on the FloridaShines statewide advising hub site. Plus use EFSC's myGPS Degree Audit tool to stay on top of your progress and credit hours.