In the past three years, Parking Services at George Mason University has increased the cost of general parking passes by $40 each year. The price of general parking passes for the 2016-2017 school year is $430.
Once a student pays the hefty fee, he or she still may be unable to find parking. Students driving to campus are forced to carefully follow the steps of departing students in the parking lot. One of the best feelings a student can have in the morning, is the relief that comes following the sight of reverse lights during their search for a parking spot.
What good is that pricey parking pass if you cannot find a parking space?
Students at George Mason University are paying more to park than those at the University of Virginia, Virginia Tech, and James Madison University (JMU). Based on a national survey released by Ohio State University, 70 percent of college students are stressed over finances. Students feel the weight of parking price increases, and that stress has a negative impact on student life and academic work.
The university should work with parking services to do what is best for commuting students, and keep parking permit rates at a fixed price for the 2017-2018 school year. In doing so, students would be able to allocate more of their budget to their education at George Mason, which should be the university’s top priority.
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