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3-Peat Rule

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3-PEAT Rule

This Legislation was passed by the State of Texas to discourage students from repeating courses unnecessarily. This has a financial impact on the students who repeat courses excessively.

Legislation also impacts funding rates for students based on the number of times they attempt* particular courses. Texas residents attempting* the same course for a third time since Fall 2002 will be charged and additional $100 per credit hour for that course. This provision is described in the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board Rules (Chapter 13, Subchapter B, §13.25).

Semester credit hours or contact hours attempted* by students for the following types of coursework are exempt from the provision of this section:

  • Thesis and dissertation courses.
  • Courses that may be repeated for credit because they involve different or more advanced course content each time they are taken, including but not limited to: individual music lessons, Workforce Education Course Manual Special Topics courses (when the topic changes), theater practicum, music performance, ensembles, certain physical education and Kinesiology courses, and studio art.
  • Independent study courses.
  • Special topics and seminar courses.
  • Continuing Education courses that must be repeated to retain professional certification.
  • Developmental Education coursework taken three or more times will be allowed; however, developmental coursework in excess of 18 hours is subject to additional charges.

*Attempted hours are calculated for courses in which a student is enrolled on official reporting day, which is approximately two weeks after the beginning of fall and spring semesters and one week after the beginning of summer semesters. In other words, if you enroll in a course and subsequently drop it, the hours that you attempted but did not complete will count toward the limit imposed by this policy. If you intend to drop a course, you must do so before the end of the official reporting day of the semester to avoid having that course count in your total number of attempted hours. That is, only when you drop before the end of the official reporting day will the hours not count toward the 3-Peat imposed by this policy.

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