SECTION 1. Chapter 15A of the General Laws, as appearing in the 2018 Official Edition, is hereby amended by adding the following section:-
Section 19F. (a) Institutions of higher education shall not withhold a student’s unofficial academic transcript solely due to the student’s failure to pay any loan payments, fines, fees, tuition, or other expenses owed to the institution, except that a student’s academic credits and grades may be withheld for any course for which the student’s tuition and mandatory courses fees are not paid in full. For students paying on a per semester basis, an institution may withhold a student’s academic credits or grades for any course taken in a semester for which the student’s tuition and mandatory course fees have not been paid.
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