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Frequently Asked Questions Continued

21. What is the 6-Drop Rule?

ATTENTION FRESHMEN: Revised 6-Drop Rule (New Legislation: SB 1231)

January 13, 2009

Any student who began college for the first time as a freshman in Fall 2007 or thereafter may not drop more than six courses during their entire undergraduate career. This includes courses dropped at another 2-year or 4-year Texas public college or university. For purposes of this rule, a dropped course is any course that is dropped after the published Census Date (See Schedule of Classes for the date).

Detailed information, including a listing of exceptions/exemptions, is posted to the website here.

22. How do I obtain information about the tuition rebate for qualified undergraduate students?

The Tuition Rebate Program for Qualified Undergraduates, in accordance with Section 54.0065 of the Texas Education Code, provides a financial incentive (up to $1000) for a student to complete the bachelor’s degree with no more than 3 credit hours attempted above the degree requirements, thereby minimizing the number of courses taken and resulting in financial savings to students, parents and the state.  Application forms are available at the Enrollment Services Center (ADM 230).

Additional information can be found here.

23. What is the Excessive and Repeated Hours Rule?

Texas Education Code 54.068 allows colleges and universities to charge a higher tuition rate to students with excessive or repeated hours because the institution cannot receive state funding for the courses.  UT Tyler charges out-of-state tuition for all coursework to students with excessive hours.

Detailed information is available on the website here.

24.  What is the Military Service Credit Policy?

The Military Service Credit option is available to Veterans who have met the following requirements:

  • Graduated from a public or private high school, accredited by a generally recognized accrediting organization or from a high school operated by the United States Department of Defense.
  • Honorably discharged former member of the armed forces of the United States
  • Completed a minimum of two years of service in the armed services or was discharged because of a disability.

In deciding whether to claim this credit, students should consider the impact of the credit on their eligibility for a tuition rebate and the possibility that they will be ineligible for Texas B-On-Time loan forgiveness if they have excess credit.

To have the credit awarded, students must provide proof of eligibility (i.e., DD214 or disability discharge documentation, and military transcripts). Once processed (and approved), the appropriate amount of elective credit will be added to the student’s official academic record; effective the date of approval.

Please note, this process (including the awarding of credit) is irrevocable. Therefore, carefully consider should be given to the total effect of the additional course credit to degree progress and other institutional rules.

Credit earned under this policy (or legislative mandate) does not prohibit UT Tyler from awarding additional military educational experience credit based on American Council of Education (ACE) Guide recommendations.

HB 269  (THECB interpretation; effective June 19, 2009)


Author: Lucio III Sponsor: Van de Putte

Summary: (HB 269 has two distinct sections, this summary pertains to Section 1)

Section 1 instructs institutions of higher education to award undergraduate students admitted to the institution and persons called into military service who are being readmitted to the institution, course credit for all physical education courses required for the person’s degree and additional course credit for up to 12 hours for courses that can meet the elective course requirements for the degree.

To qualify, the student must have graduated from an accredited high school or a high school operated by the U.S. Department of Defense and be an honorably discharged former member of the U.S. Armed Forces who either completed at least two years of service or was discharged because of a disability. The provisions apply regardless of whether the student was admitted prior to the effective date of the bill.

The Office of the Registrar is committed to providing accurate, timely, courteous and thorough service to potential students, enrolled students, alumni and the university’s external constituents. The goal of the office is to respond to written requests within three working days and telephone requests within 48 hours. Concerns regarding customer service should be directed to the Assistant Vice President for Enrollment Management.