3-Peat Rule

The 3-Peat Rule was passed by the State of Texas to discourage students from repeating courses. Texas residents attempting the same course for a third time since Fall 2002 will be charged an 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).

If you enroll in a course and decide to drop the course, any hours that were attempted will count toward the limit imposed by the 3-Peat Rule. If you drop the course prior to the official reporting date, the hours will not be counted against the limit imposed by the 3-Peat Rule.

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.

Semester credit hours or contact hours attempted by students for the following types of coursework are exempt from the 3-Peat Rule:

  • Thesis and dissertation courses
  • 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

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 are also exempt from the 3-Peat Rule.


Any student who is being charged additional tuition rates for violating the 3-Peat Rule is eligible to file an appeal. Students who are not currently being charged additional tuition rates do not need to file an appeal.

If you are unsure if you are currently in violation of either the Undergraduate Funding Limit Rule and/or the 3-Peat Rule you can email the Office of the Registrar or call us at 254-968-9417.

The Appeal process only covers a current semester of enrollment. Students must file an appeal for every semester that they are affected by the 3-Peal Rule. Any Appeal Board decision will be made for a current semester and does not carry over to future semesters.

All students who wish to file an appeal must submit a completed Appeal Form. You may print the form or pick one up at Texan Services in the Tarleton Center. Students must submit all tuition payments on time including any additional fees, regardless of submitting an Appeal Form, or they will be dropped for non-payment.

Students must fill out the entire Appeal Form and return the form to the Office of the Registrar located in the Tarleton Center at the Texan Services desk, email it to the Office of the Registrar or fax it to 254-968-9389. The Appeal Form must be returned to our Office no later than five business days prior to the next Appeal Board meeting for consideration. Failure to file an appeal at least 5 days prior to the last Appeal Board meeting will forfeit your opportunity to file an appeal for the current semester.

If the Appeal Board waives additional charges, additional credit hour fees will be refunded to you.

Students should attach supporting documentation to aid the Appeal Board in making an informed decision. Examples of supporting documents include:

  • Evidence or information surrounding extenuating circumstances beyond personal control (accident, financial, hardship, military service, health, family)
  • Transcripts from previously attended institutions

The Office of the Registrar will contact you via your @go.tarleton.edu email to inform you of the appeal committee’s decision. To read more about this policy, please see Texas Education Code Section 13.105 or contact your Academic Advisor. For any questions regarding how the additional charges affect your financial aid, contact the Financial Aid Office at 254-968-9070.

The Appeal Board meetings for students affected by the additional tuition rates for violating the Undergraduate Funding Limit Rule and/or the 3-Peat rule for Spring 2020 are as follows:

Appeal Form DeadlineAppeal Board Meeting Date
Wednesday, December 18Thursday, December 19
Wednesday, January 1Thursday, January 2
Wednesday, January 8Thursday, January 9

Appeals must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar.