Excess Credit Fee
Beginning Fall 2014, a 50% (percent) Excess Credit Fee on the per-credit registration fee will be charged to a degree-seeking student who has attempted credits equal to 150% of the credits required for the student's degree or certificate. The excess credit fee will be imposed on registration fees charged in all terms, including summer, after passing the threshold number of credits until a degree is awarded to the student. The excess credit fee will not be covered by Financial Aid.
The Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents’ Handbook and Procedures & Guidelines Manual provides a great deal of information regarding this policy. Following are some key points:
- For a student working toward a 60-credit associate’s degree, the excess credit fee will begin once 90 credits are attempted. For a 120-credit bachelor’s degree, the threshold is 180 credits.
- Following are credits that will be included in the student’s total credit count:
- All attempted credits at GBC. This includes courses with the following grades: A, B, C, D, F, I, P, S, U, or W
- Repeated courses.
- Credits transferred to GBC from any other NSHE institution.
- Credits transferred to GBC from institutions outside NSHE that meet the student’s degree requirement.
- Credits that were obtained for a lower degree if the student is now working toward a higher degree. E.g., credits obtained while working on a certificate or associate’s degree will be included in the credit count while the student is working toward a bachelor’s degree.
- Following are credits that may be excluded in the student’s total credit count:
- Credits attempted in remedial courses (e.g., MATH 95).
- Credits transferred in from institutions outside NSHE if those credits do not meet the degree requirements for the student’s program of study.
- Credits attempted while enrolled as a high school student if those credits do not meet the degree requirements for the student’s program of study.
- Credits awarded for non-traditional learning/experience, such as POST or ACE.
- Credits earned from examinations, such as AP, CLEP, or challenge exams.
- Community Education courses.
- Credits that were obtained toward one degree, if the student is now working on second degree of the same level. E.g., credits earned bachelor’s degree, if the student is now working toward a second bachelor’s degree.
- Students who feel that their credit total was inaccurately calculated, or who would like to appeal the Excess Credit Fee based on exceptional circumstances, can submit an Excess Credit Fee Appeal. This appeal should be submitted well in advance of the semester for which the Excess charge will occur, but preferably no later than August 15 for Fall semester or January 15 for Spring semester.
For more detailed information, see Nevada System of Higher Education Procedures and Guidelines Manual, Chapter 7, Section 2. The general policy can be viewed in the NSHE Board of Regents’ Handbook, Title 4, Chapter 17, Section 4.