Officials increase registration hold threshold to give students financial flexibility

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Students can find financial holds on their GWeb account.

GW is increasing the limit for students with unpaid balances to register for classes.

Chief Financial Officer Mark Diaz and Vice Provost of Enrollment and Student Success Jay Goff announced Tuesday they will allow students who have unpaid balances up to $2,500 to register for classes, upping the threshold from $1,000. Officials said the raise will provide more financial leeway to students who may be struggling to continue their education because of the pandemic’s impact.

“In these extraordinary times and beyond, GW is identifying ways to demonstrate care for our community and acknowledge ongoing financial complications for students and families as a result of the pandemic,” Diaz and Goff said in the email to the GW community Tuesday.

Diaz and Goff said administrators will also offer a payment plan to accommodate students with unpaid balances.

Students who have “qualifying balances” below $20,000 will have the option to enroll in a payment plan set to pay their outstanding balance over up to 36 months while still registering for spring courses. Student Accounts Office staff will reach out to eligible students, the email states.

Students can find any possible holds in their GWeb account.

Officials decreased tuition by 10 percent this semester for undergraduate students once classes moved online, while financial aid increased by a total of $10 million based on the latest known estimates.

“We are committed to ensuring that students have the resources they need to continue their education during these challenging times,” Diaz and Goff said in the email.

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