Repeat Course Surcharge FAQ’s
What is the repeat course surcharge?
The repeat course surcharge is a fee assessment given to students that have enrolled in the same undergraduate credit college course more than two times at Florida A&M University. Undergraduate courses taken in the Fall 1997 term and subsequently thereafter are subject to the surcharge.
How did this rule come about?
In the Fall of 1998, the state legislature mandated these fees under Florida Statute 240.124 and Florida Administrative Code Rule 6C-7.001.
Why did they implement this surcharge?
The purpose of this surcharge is to encourage students to pass the course during the first two attempts and to prevent students from repeating courses unnecessarily. Please note that a course may be enrolled twice without being subjects to this charge. All students taking undergraduate courses, regardless of classification or residency status, will be assessed the fee.
How much is the charge?
For the current repeat course surcharge, please refer to our FAMU Web site: http://www.famu.edu/ Navigate to the Registrar link and then select the Tuition And Fees link.
Can this fee be appealed?
Yes, the fee is petitionable, if extenuating circumstances or severe financial hardship exists. Extenuating circumstances are those determined to be exceptional and beyond the control of the student include serious illness or medical conditions preventing course completion, death of an immediate family member, etc. Severe financial hardships are also those determined to be exceptional and beyond the control of the student include bankruptcy, loss of income, documented qualification for federal need-based aid, etc.
What if I drop (or dropped) the course?
If the course is dropped after the official “drop-add” period for the term (notated as a “W” on the academic transcript), it is considered a repeat course. **NOTE** A course withdrawal (“W” on the academic transcript), counts as an attempt.
Are there any exceptions to this rule?
Certain exceptions are permitted, such as:
- Any course(s) taken or repeated prior to Fall 1997
- Courses identified as repeatable (to the limit allowed)
- Courses designed to take multiple semesters to complete
- Withdrawals or dropped courses that do not result in fee payment
Am I Fee Liable?
A student is fee liable for paying all surcharge fee(s) associated with repeated courses along with their regular tuition on or before that term’s deadline date. After the Repeat Course Surcharge Committee meets to determine the outcome of your appeal, the repeat surcharge fee is refunded back into your FAMU’s account, if approved.
Click here to access the Repeat Course Surcharge Waiver Appeal Form.