September 27-28, 2001

940.27         Credit Cap on State-Subsidized Tuition Rates; Montana University System

Effective July 9, 1999; Issued July 23, 1999

Changes Effective Spring Semester, 2002

Board Policy:

1. The Montana University System limits the number of undergraduate hours a resident can accumulate at state-subsidized tuition rates. After the limit has been exceeded, the student will be charged the full cost of education for additional undergraduate hours until a baccalaureate degree is awarded.

2. Students entering the Montana University System or the three publicly supported community colleges of Montana will be limited to 170 hours of subsidized undergraduate tuition. Courses attempted prior to the Fall Semester of 1991, credits earned in high school Advanced Placement programs or any program of challenge exams, or credits transferred from out-of-state or private institutions, shall not be counted in the 170 credit limit.



1. Subsidized tuition rates will no longer be available to residents of Montana once they reach the limit outlined above. A student will be billed at the unsubsidized tuition rate beginning with the semester immediately following the semester in which the student attempts his or her 170th credit hour. When applied, the unsubsidized tuition rate shall not apply to those attempted credit hours falling within the range of credit hours (the "flat spot") for which a student is not charged additional tuition in any event, according to an individual institution s published tuition schedule.

2. The subsidized tuition limits will be based on all attempted credits that are graded, including courses for which failing, passing, or withdrawal grades are assigned. Each campus will develop a warning process that, at an appropriate time, will notify students they are approaching the limit for subsidized courses. Appeals should be handled through the normal campus, university, and system processes; however, it is assumed that appeals will be granted only in unusual circumstances. Students actively enrolled in five-year programs approved by the Board of Regents will not be covered under this policy.

Personal Extenuating Circumstances: Appeals should be granted only to students in extreme cases where personal extenuating circumstances, such as severe personal, medical or family problems, necessitate a student s complete withdrawal from the university. A student may petition for waiver of the credits withdrawn in such circumstances. Other withdrawals will be counted toward the limit.

Appeal Criteria: Appeals should be granted only if exceeding the credit cap is the result of 1) extenuating circumstances beyond the control of the student, such as severe personal, medical or family problems; 2) the student in good faith following the advice of his/her campus academic advisor; or 3) the school s decision that the student may not apply credit earned at another school toward the student s major, minor or core curriculum requirements when the student could reasonably have expected that such credits would be applicable.



Courses attemptedmeans those courses for which a student has received a grade.

Studentmeans resident student.



Item 78-001-R0393, Tuition; Montana University System, May 3, 1993 as revised March 29, 1996, January 23, 1997, March 25, 1999, and July 9, 1999.


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