In special cases where nonresident undergraduate students were misadvised or experienced extenuating circumstances that delayed completion of their bachelor's degree, graduating seniors in their last semester can submit an appeal to pay tuition on a per-credit-hour basis for one or two additional classes. All other charges and fees would apply as normal. This appeal must be approved prior to the final semester before completing degree requirements. This is available only in fall and spring semesters; summer tuition is already charged on a per-credit-hour basis for nonresident undergraduates. Your academic situation and enrollment must be verified by your academic advisor. Approval of your appeal is not guaranteed.

Required Verification & Documentation

Documentation supporting extenuating circumstances must be submitted with the appeal form. There are three steps to the process:

  1. Gather documentation supporting the extenuating circumstances you experienced.
    1. If the basis for your appeal is that you were misadvised, your academic advisor must give you documentation on letterhead verifying that an error was made, explaining the error and the necessity of taking one or two courses (maximum of two courses) beyond four years.
    2. If the basis for your appeal is that you experienced a serious illness or injury and had to withdraw or drop classes as a result, you must provide supporting documentation from a physician verifying the illness or injury and dates of the illness or injury that correspond with your withdrawal or reduced credit hours.
    3. If the basis for your appeal is that you experienced a family emergency (death or serious illness of an immediate family member) and had to withdraw or drop classes as a result, you must provide supporting documentation from a physician or an obituary or other documentation verifying the circumstances along with dates. 
  2. Gather documentation from your academic advisor verifying that the final one or two courses are required for your degree and the semester in which those courses will be taken is your final semester.
  3. Prepare to write a personal statement explaining your request and situation.
  4. Complete the Nonresident Senior Tuition Appeal online and upload all required documentation. Incomplete documentation will result in a delayed decision. 

You will receive a decision in about two weeks from the date you submit the appeal.