What is a hold and how does it affect my standing?

What is a hold?
Holds were previously known as a "blocks."

There are three types: financial, academic, and administrative. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • failure to pay registration fees or other outstanding debts, such as library fines

  • failure to declare a major

  • failure to submit requested documentation to certain offices, such as admissions

Any of these can be placed against your registration if you fail to meet an obligation to the University. Holds prevent you from being able to enroll in classes, go to the gym, or even get a transcript.

 

How do I know if I have a hold, and how do I clear/resolve it?
Any holds you may have will be seen in your CalCentral portal. The type of registration hold (financial, academic or administrative) will determine what action needs to be taken to resolve it. View information on specific holds and how to clear them.

 

Administrative:
 

  • To clear financial and administrative holds, you must contact the office that placed the hold. You can find this information in CalCentral.
     

  • Note - Student conduct holds can only be cleared by the Center for Student Conduct.

 

Academic:

  • To clear academic holds, you must contact the dean's office of your college or school.
     

  • Note - If your college has a semester limit, you may be have a hold when you have reached that limit and are no longer eligible to enroll at UC Berkeley.
     

Financial:

 

  • Note - If you have a financial hold for a past due balance, you can either make a payment directly on CalCentral or stop by Cal Student Central to determine if the amount/type of financial aid you currently have available would allow an exception for your aid to disburse to assist you in paying that past due balance.

 

How does the hold affect my registration status?
 

  • If you are not yet registered and the hold is placed for the current term, then it will prevent you from becoming registered for the current term, even if you have enrolled in courses and have paid fees.
     

  • If you have already registered for the current term and then a hold is placed, it will prevent you from registering for the following term.

 

If I have a financial or administrative hold, can I still enroll in courses?

It depends on the term (current or future) for which you have a hold and whether or not you are officially registered for the current term.
 

  • If you have a financial or administrative hold for the current term, you can still register for the current term, but not for the future term.
     

  • If you have a financial or administrative hold for the future term, you can still register for both terms. However, If you do not clear the spring hold, you will not become officially registered and will not be eligible to enroll for the following fall term.

 

If I have an academic hold, can I still enroll in courses?

Again, it depends on the term (current or future) for which you have a hold.
 

  • If you have an academic hold for the current term (fall), you cannot use regsiter for the current term (fall) or the future term (spring).
     

  • If you have an academic hold for the future term (spring), you can register for the current (fall) term only.
     

View an overview of holds, their impact and how to remove them.

Can I dispute a hold? If so, how?
You have the right to request a hearing with the office who placed the hold for the purpose of disputing the claimed obligation or other basis for the hold. You have the right to be represented and to present information and witnesses, as well as question information relied upon by the University. You also have the right to appeal the outcome of the hearing to the Office of the Registrar.

 
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