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Prohibiting Transcript And Diploma Withholding

Concerning prohibiting a postsecondary institution from making payment of an outstanding balance on a student's account a condition of issuing the student's documents.
2022 Regular Session
Higher Education
Bill Summary

The bill prohibits a postsecondary institution from:

  • Refusing to provide a transcript or diploma for a current or former student on the grounds that the student owes a debt;
  • Conditioning the provision of a transcript or diploma on the payment of a debt, other than a fee charged to provide the transcript or diploma;
  • Charging a higher fee to obtain a transcript or diploma or providing less favorable treatment in response to a transcript or diploma request because a current or former student owes a debt; or
  • Using transcript or diploma issuance as a tool for debt collection.

The bill provides a civil right of action to a current or former student whose transcript or diploma is withheld for any of the prohibited reasons and entitles the person to injunctive relief, a civil penalty of up to $500 for each violation, and reasonable attorney fees and costs.

The bill authorizes the administrator of the "Uniform Consumer Credit Code" to enjoin the practice of withholding a transcript or diploma and assess a postsecondary institution a penalty of $500 for each violation.

(Note: This summary applies to this bill as introduced.)


Under Consideration


Bill Text


Sponsor Type Legislators
Prime Sponsor

Rep. J. Bacon, Rep. N. Ricks
Sen. B. Pettersen