H. R. 3761
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
July 15, 2019
Mrs. Lee of Nevada (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.
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
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.
The amendment made by subsection (a) shall take effect with respect to academic year 2019–2020 and each succeeding academic year.