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Please review the Undergraduate Studies Holds website for information regarding USF Holds and how to get them lifted.

Listed below are the academic holds that your major advisor can help to lift.

If you need assistance in getting a hold lifted, please email us at with your name, U#, and the code for your hold.


AA Hold
This is a Mandatory First-Year Undergraduate Academic Advising Hold. It is placed on First-Year student accounts for the first two registration periods (typically Spring and Summer/Fall).

Instructions on how to have this hold lifted is sent to students, via email, at the start of each semester.

If you intend to remain a Biology major, the Biology Advisors will be able to lift this hold for you.

If you intend to change majors, then you will need to contact your new major advisor to have this hold removed. If you are not sure who that advisor is, you can find their contact information by selecting the major you are interested in via the Undergraduate Catalog List of Majors.


AP Hold
This is an Academic Probation Hold. It is placed on your account if your USF GPA falls below a 2.0. You must complete the CAS AP Tutorial on CANVAS and meet with your Academic Advisor in an appointment before this hold can be lifted.

Instructions on how to schedule an advising appointmnet can be found on our Schedule An Appointment website.


MJ Hold
This is a Major Declaration Hold. Students must declare a major after they have completed 45 credit hours. Declaration of Major for a College of Arts and Sciences major, including all Biology majors, is done online using the Declaration Form.


Other Holds
If you are receiving a hold that is not listed above, please contact us at with your name, U#, and the code you are receiving so that we can best help you to register.