This is a debt related question. I know most lawyers have a good understanding of debt. I never took any federal or private loan and my college was strictly financed by PELL Grant, which does not need to be paid back. I quit school on my third year and started working, I withdrew 1 day after the deadline for registration for the semester(but before classes started). As a result, the federal government withdrew its money from college. My question is, can the college refuse to release my transcript given that I owe them money?
That would be yes. Negotiate with them for a reduced payment if you can, or a payment plan.
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Pell grants have to be paid back if a student withdraws mid-way through the semester, no matter the reason. The school has to pay back this money, and they can go after you, including withholding the transcript, until the money is paid back. I agree that the best thing to do is work out a payment plan with the school that you can afford. Good luck!
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