Yuba College students, staff and faculty must pay $40 every fall and spring semester to park on campus. During the summer, they will have to pay $20 for the same privilege.
“Forty dollars is crazy,” complained freshman Krystle Ercolini. “I’m lucky to have the BOG fee waiver.”
Students may apply for the BOG waiver at the financial aid office, located in the 100 building.
Many students, however, do not qualify for the waiver. They must pay the full amount. Colleen Harris, a 16-year old Yuba College freshman, complained, “I don’t feel that it ($40 per semester) is right. Students are on a budget. It’s supposed to be a cheap community college.”
For students or part-time faculty attending only once or twice a week, the cost may seem even more unreasonable. With this in mind, Police Chief Chris Wilkinson introduced a $1 daily parking pass. He felt it wasn’t fair for part-time students to have to pay $40 a semester to park. Since the beginning of the semester when the passes became available, over seven hundred of them have been purchased.
Wilkinson stated, “In the future, we plan to have machines in the parking lots to dispense the parking passes.” For now they can be purchased at the Police department.
Many students, however, were unaware of the availability of these passes. Ercolini remarked, “The dollar decal should have been advertised more.”
Many students wouldn’t mind the cost of parking if the lots were in better condition. Ercolini said, “The damage is terrible. If it gets fixed, it will definitely benefit students and staff.”