I owe past due tuition but will need my transcript before the case is completed.
Have you asked?
The school may not care and so you may be worrying for nothing. But yes, debtors have reported problems, even after bankruptcy, obtaining college transcripts when tuition debt was discharged in bankruptcy. Strictly speaking, no reason exists why the school shouldn't give you the transcripts, but you may run into some hurdles. Note, if the actually requests that you pay to get transcript, then the school has violated the automatic stay. However, that problem remains, you don't have the transcript.
Try the path of least resistance, go ask and see what they say. If you get resistance, go up the chain of command. I have had some debtors report to me that they had to take the issue to the schools general counsel before it got resolved.
Note that Chapter 7 only discharges debt that is due before the case was filed, so timing may be an issue here if any fees became due after the case was filed. Also, I am assuming that you don't owe a student loan to the school, since most student loans are non-dischargeable in bankruptcy. However, assuming you merely owe past due tuition to the school, and you are caught up on any tuition or fees that became due after your case was filed, then 11 U.S.C. 525 would seem to prohibit the school from withholding your transcript merely due to the forgiveness of the tuition debt.
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There is a case, in the 6th Circuit, Andrews University v. Merchant, which basically states that a refusing to give a former student a transcript is a violation of the automatic stay. This was a 1992 case, and may not still be good law. You should consult with an attorney in your area to determine its applicability to your case. Best of luck to you.
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