Initiated by the Florida Legislature (H.B. 1545 of 1997) to reduce costs, Section 1009.285 Florida Statutes requires that all state universities must monitor undergraduate student progress and charge students the “full cost of instruction” for certain repeats of undergraduate courses. This policy became effective in Fall 1997 and requires USF System Institutions to charge students a substantial per credit hour surcharge when they attempt a course three or more times within the USF System, unless the course is specifically designed to be repeated or is required to be repeated by their major. Requirements to earn a passing or higher grade than previously earned in a course do not exempt the surcharge. Students will be required to pay the surcharge in addition to the appropriate in-state or out-of-state tuition rates. It is important to note that all attempts count, including withdrawals after the first week of classes and courses with incomplete grades.
The USF System may grant exceptions to this rule based on extenuating circumstances and financial hardship. However, the USF System may only approve one appeal per course. Documentation, regardless of the situation, must be submitted with the request for a waiver of this surcharge. Extenuating circumstances are those circumstances determined by the University to be exceptional and beyond the control of the student and may include, but not be limited to, the following:
- Serious illness
- Documented medical condition preventing completion
- Death of an immediate family member
- Involuntary call to active duty
- University error
- Other emergency circumstances or extraordinary situations
The criteria used by the USF System for determining financial hardship should include, but not be limited to, qualification for federal need-based financial aid. Students with other documented financial hardships may also be considered.
The student must complete a Fee Adjustment Request Form and indicate that the request is for a waiver of the repeat course surcharge. They must also submit a statement that explains their request and provide all documentation relating to it. The completed form, with documentation, should be submitted to the Office of the Registrar for consideration.