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H.R. 3761 (116th): Protecting Access to Student Transcripts Act of 2019

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If you default on your student loans, and you haven’t received your college transcript yet, should the university have the right to withhold its release to you?


Some colleges and universities refuse to release a student’s transcripts if they have defaulted on their student loan payments, as an incentive for students to make the payments.

“Your school may withhold your academic transcript until your defaulted student loan is satisfied,” the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Federal Student Aid warns. “The academic transcript is the property of the school, and it is the school’s decision — not the U.S. Department of Education’s or your loan holder’s — whether to release the transcript to you.”

What the bill does

The Protecting Access to Student ...

Sponsor and status

Susie Lee

Sponsor. Representative for Nevada's 3rd congressional district. Democrat.

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Last Updated: Jul 15, 2019
Length: 2 pages
Jul 15, 2019
116th Congress (2019–2021)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced on July 15, 2019, in a previous session of Congress, but it did not receive a vote.



Jul 15, 2019

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H.R. 3761 (116th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

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This bill was introduced in the 116th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2019 to Jan 3, 2021. Legislation not enacted by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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