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Transcript Withholding Changes in New Jersey

Over the last 13 months, New Jersey state legislators have considered four bills related to transcript withholding—or the practice of postsecondary institutions withholding a student’s transcript until they have paid their full balance. It appears now that the state may be one step closer to banning the practice—but only some of the time.

Assembly Bill 1198 was recently assigned to the Senate Higher Education Committee, which may now move forward with discussing, debating, and amending the legislation before sending it back to the Assembly or to the governor’s desk. The Senate also has its own version of the bill—Senate Bill 1115—which it may take up.

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