You work hard, put the time in, and make good grades. Maybe you decide you want to transfer to another college, or maybe you graduated and want a copy of your final official transcripts. You submit the request and are told no by your university. There has been a hold placed.
Yes. If you owe money or have not satisfied another requirement, the school can place a hold on your official transcripts. Now your transcripts are part of your education record and fall under FERPA, so the university cannot keep your records from you. However, giving you your official transcripts and letting you view them are two separate things.
Placing a hold on your transcripts is one of only a few ways a university has leverage against a student.
Yes. Depending on the amount of money or obligation, you may considering paying it or attempting to negotiate the amount. If it is thousands of dollars, you may need to get an attorney involved to negotiate on your behalf.
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