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These policies can rescue stranded credits and help colleges retain students

In January, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul announced that, effective immediately, the State University of New York system was no longer withholding transcripts from students who owed outstanding balances. The move benefited thousands of students.

Transcript holds prevent students from receiving official copies of their academic records. If students can’t afford to pay their debts, their credits become stranded and they are left with no way to formally document their previous learning for employers or other colleges where they might want to enroll.

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