Is the schoool obligated to send my daughter's transcript if there is a balance owed for tuition?
Generally, when one party breaches a contract, the other party is not required to perform their remaining obligations under the contract. A school may not release an official transcript for
non-payment of tuition. It may be possible to make an appointment with the college's registrar to discuss the problem, explaining that you need a transcript to complete her degree at the other school and that you fully intend to repay the tuition due. You may explain that once she
earns her degree she will get a job and reapply for a loan to pay what you owe. Consider scraping together what money you can to offer as a first payment. Ask them what you can do to get your transcript released because it does neither of you good to not have the transcript. Without completing her education, the school will not be paid and without her transcript, she will not be able to finish her degree and find employment.
An alternative is to speak with the school she attends and see what they would accept besides an official transcript. Would they accept report cards or grade reports? It may be possible to get her former teachers to sign a letter that confirms she was in their class and received a
specific grade. If you can make the school she transferred to understand your situation and work with you, you might be able to bypass the transcript requirement.