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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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Steps for filing an Undergraduate 3-PEAT Rule Appeal

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 fill out the entire Appeal Form and return the form to the Registrar's Office located in the Tarleton Center at the Texan Services desk, email it to or fax to 254-968-9389.

Students may attach as much supporting documentation as they feel would aid the Appeal Board in making an informed decision.

The Appeal Form must be returned to the Registrar's Office no later than 5 business days prior to the next Appeal Board meeting in order to be heard at the next meeting. 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.

Students must submit all tuition payments on time including the additional fees, regardless of having an appointment with the committee, or they will be dropped for non-payment. If the Appeal Board waives the additional charges, this portion of your tuition would then be refunded to you.  For any questions regarding how the additional charges affect your financial aid, contact the Financial Aid Office at 254-968-9070.

The Registrar's Office will contact you via your email to inform you of the appeal committee's decision.

For upcoming appeal dates, please click here.