Wisconsin resident, undergraduate students who have completed more than 165 credits will be assessed a 100% tuition surcharge on any credits over 165.
(Most undergraduate programs require a minimum of 120 credits.)
The criteria for counting such credits are completed, graded credits from past semesters/terms. Transfer credits from other UW institutions and from Wisconsin Technical College System institutions will be counted.
Credits that will not be counted toward the 165-credit surcharge include:
- transfer credits from private institutions or from institutions outside Wisconsin;
- third party credit by exam (e.g. AP, IP, etc.) credits;
- credits earned through departmental credit by exam;
- retroactive credits;
- credits in courses for which you received an F grade;
- credits for courses that you dropped;
- remedial credits;
- credits for the current term, because those credits are not yet completed credits.
If you have already been awarded a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution, you are exempt from the tuition surcharge. If you are a Special student, you are also exempt from the tuition surcharge.
If the minimum credits required to complete your academic program exceeds 135 credits, the tuition surcharge will not be assessed until your cumulative credit total exceeds that minimum by more than 30 credits.
If you are assessed this surcharge, or think you might in the future, talk with the academic dean of your school/college.
The excess credit policy is set by UW Madison.