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Registration Holds & Course Restrictions

Registration holds can prevent you from making course registration changes (adding/dropping classes) at any point in the semester. Course restrictions may also prohibit you from registering for a particular section of a course. 

Viewing Course Restrictions in Self Service Carolina

  1. Login to Self Service Carolina.
  2. Click on the Student Tab, then  Registration Tile, and Browse Classes to search for a course.
  3. Click on the Course Title to bring up a pop-up box with additional course information
  4. Click on the Restrictions tab to view any course registration restrictions.

Viewing Course Restrictions on

  1. View the 'Identifying Class Registration Restrictions' video or, 
  2. Go to the website
  3. Search for the class you are wanting to take and click on the specific section.
  4. View any Registration Restrictions and Registration Notes in the class section information.

Common Course Restrictions 

  • Course Section – Some sections are reserved for majors only; students in Opportunity Scholars or
    Honors; or specific classification such as sophomores or above.
  • Field of Study – The course may only be open to certain majors, minors, and concentrations.
  • Honors Courses or Special Approval Required – The course may only be open to students in the South
    Carolina Honors College or may require the student to obtain approval from the department offering
    the course.
  • Course Capacity – The course may be full.
  • Pre-Requisites – You may not have the required pre-requisite.
  • Co-Requisites – You may not have the correct co-requisite. If a course requires a co-requisite, both
    CRNs must be entered on the Add Classes Worksheet when the Submit button is pressed.
  • Campus – The course may not be offered on your campus.
  • Level – The course may be offered at a different level (Graduate, Undergraduate, Law, Medical,
  • Alpha character - Course sections beginning with an alpha character are intended for specific student
    populations. If you receive a “Student Attribute Restriction” when registering, please check the alpha
    character in the 3-digit section number. A list of common course sections with restrictions are included in the table below. 
    Alpha Character Description 
    Section A## Preston Residential College Students
    Section C## Capstone Scholar Students 
    Section H## South Carolina Honors College Students 
    Section J## Online sections open to all students; be certain to check which campus the section is designated for and only enroll in Columbia sections. 
    Section M## PMBA Students
    Section N## Nursing students enrolled in online section 
    Section P## Palmetto College Students 
    Section Q## International Accelerator Program Students
    Section R## Contract Courses; only open to students affiliated with the course contract
    Section S## Special populations including Living and Learning Communities
    Section T## TRiO Students 
    Section Y## Open to all students; sections scheduled by the Graduation and Retention Network 
    Section Z## Fort Jackson students


Viewing Registration Holds

There are two places to view your holds: Self Service Carolina and EAB Navigate. Please follow the directions below to view your holds and information on how to resolve them:

Self-Service Carolina

  1. Log into Self Service Carolina at
  2. Navigate to the “Student” tab and select “Student Profile (New)”.
  3. In the top right corner of your student profile, click “Holds” to display your current holds.
  4. Once you have identified the holds on your account, review the Registration Holds and Course Restrictions website for information on getting the hold removed.
  5. Take the necessary steps to have your hold removed prior to your registration time ticket.

EAB Navigate

  1. Open the EAB Navigate app or log in to EAB Navigate at
  2. Click on the “Holds” tab in the menu.
  3. Once you have identified the holds on your account, you can click on the hold to view information about how to resolve it.
  4. Take the necessary steps to have your hold removed prior to your registration time ticket. 

Common Registration Holds

Hold Type Hold Description When is the hold typically applied Hold Lift Instructions Keywords
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Advisement Hold
This hold requires students meet with their academic advisor before registering for courses each semester.
This hold will prevent you from registering for the upcoming semester but will not prevent you from dropping current classes.
Added 6-8 weeks before course registration Schedule an appointment and meet with your academic advisor. tag 1, tag2
Academic Recovery Hold First-year undergraduate students on academic probation after their first semester must complete anacademic coaching session. Learn more about Academic Standards Policies in the Undergraduate Bulletin. Added at the beginning of the second semester Schedule and attend an Academic Coaching session with the Office of Exploratory Advising and Academic Coaching.   
Bursar Hold (Financial Hold)

Failure to pay outstanding charges by deadlines (parking, tuition, fees, etc.) will result in a financial hold on the student’s record. A financial hold prohibits students from future registration, receiving transcripts, or receiving a diploma. Note: Once the balance has been paid in full, the hold will be removed.

Examples include: Delinquent Acct-Reg/Transcript, Delinquent Payment Plan, Cash Only, Student Loan Collections, Bursar Returned Ck Record Hold

Added periodically to accounts with an outstanding balance Pay balances in full via Self Service Carolina.  Contact the Bursar’s Office with questions.   
Judicial Disciplinary Case Hold

There are two types of conduct holds:

• Failure to attend a scheduled meeting with conductadministrator/hearing officer

• Failure to complete the sanctions assigned to you

Added periodically with failure to attend conduct hearings or complete sanctions Attend conduct meeting and complete sanctions. Contact Student Conduct and Academic Integrity for more information.   
Transcript Hold Students who have taken coursework at another institution before beginning or while enrolled at USC must submit an official transcript. If USC does not receive an official transcript, a transcript hold will be placed. Added after admission to USC Have your transcripts sent to the University. Use these guidelines for submitting prior coursework based on your current enrollment status.  If you are a current freshman, please follow the instructions for an incoming freshman or transfer student.   
Citizenship Hold Students must verify U.S. citizenship by completing and submitting the Citizenship Verification Form to the University Registrar’s office. Added after admission to USC

Complete the Citizenship Verification form and submit to the University Registrar.

Immunization Hold USC follows the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American College Health Association (ACHA) recommendations regarding immunizations for college students. Immunization requirements must be met and the form on file at Student Health Services before a student can register for classes, move into a residence hall, or attend classes. Added after admission to USC

Log into MyHealthSpace. and update your vaccination records.

Check out the Clearing Immunization Holds page for further information on resolving immunization holds.

AlcoholEdu and/or Sexual Assault Prevention Hold(s) Students must complete Part I and Part II of AlcoholEdu and Sexual Assault Prevention by established deadlines. Added after deadline for Parts I and II of AlcoholEdu and Sexual Assault Prevention

Complete the AlcoholEdu and/or Sexual Assault Prevention module(s).

Contact Substance Abuse Prevention and Education with questions.



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