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H.R. 3761: Protecting Access to Student Transcripts Act of 2019

The text of the bill below is as of Jul 15, 2019 (Introduced).

Summary of this bill

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 ...



1st Session

H. R. 3761


July 15, 2019

(for herself, Ms. Finkenauer, Ms. Sherrill, Ms. Wilson of Florida, and Mr. Rodney Davis of Illinois) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Education and Labor


To amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 to prohibit institutions of higher education from denying students access to transcripts because of loan default.


Short title

This Act may be cited as the Protecting Access to Student Transcripts Act of 2019.


Prohibition on loss of access to transcripts for loan default


In general

Section 487(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1094(a)) is amended by adding at the end the following:


The institution will not prohibit a student from accessing the student’s transcripts, degree scrolls, or other certifications of coursework or educational attainments at the institution because the student is in default on a loan made, insured, or guaranteed under this title.


For purposes of this paragraph, the term student includes former students.



Effective date

The amendment made by subsection (a) shall take effect with respect to academic year 2019–2020 and each succeeding academic year.