- Is there any place on campus I can park without a parking permit?
No. Parking permits are required in all parking lots on campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
- Where can I park?
- If you are a commuter student (living off campus), you will have a green or orange parking permit and will have to park in designated commuter lots.
- If you are a resident student (living in on-campus housing), you will have a blue parking permit and must park in designated resident lots.
- You will be given access to the Parking Rules & Regulations and we will be happy to answer any of your questions.
- What if I am only going to have my vehicle for a short time?
Students may purchase a temporary parking permit online. You can pay by credit/debit card or have it billed to your student account. You must print it out and place the permit on the dashboard of your vehicle. You may also obtain a temporary permit from the Parking Services office in the Reed Union Building. In the office, we accept LionCash or we can bill the permit to your student account. These temporary permits are $4.00 per day.
- How do I pay for my semester parking permit?
Semester parking permits are billed to your student account or paid for by credit/debit card. They must be applied for online only.
- If I purchase a two-semester parking permit and decide not to attend Behrend next semester or no longer have a vehicle, will I lose the money on my unused permit?
No. Your parking permit must be turned in to Parking Services to receive a refund. The refund will be pro-rated based on the date we receive the permit. There is no refund for permits that are not physically turned in or expire.
- How are permit funds used at Penn State Behrend?
Money generated at the college is only used to support the program at Penn State Behrend; it is not used to support parking at any other Penn State campus. Parking permit sales DO NOT support personnel costs within Parking Services, University Police and Public Safety, or other departments. The money generated from selling student, faculty, and staff parking permits is used to:
- Construct new parking lots;
- Maintain existing parking lots (repaving, repainting of lines, and upgrading lighting);
- Administer the parking program (purchasing hanging permits, software for tracking permit sales and parking tickets, and handheld computers used to issue parking tickets).
- Why do parking fees increase?
Due to the growth of the college, new parking lots have been built to meet the community's needs. The cost of building new parking lots is funded through loans. The loan, or debt service, must be paid off using parking permit fees. This has resulted in a debt service on 75 percent of all parking spaces. The creation of additional parking facilities, which may include decks, will increase the debt service. In addition, the cost of maintaining lots will grow as existing parking lots reach an age when they must be resurfaced. So the revenue generated from parking permit fees is needed to support debt service and maintain existing facilities.
- How do Penn State Behrend's parking fees compare to other campuses?
Within Penn State, some campuses have not experienced the need to significantly expand their parking facilities since they have not grown to the extent of Penn State Behrend. Therefore, those campuses have not had to charge a parking permit fee to generate monies to pay debt service resulting from the construction of parking lots. Penn State Behrend parking fees are higher than some institutions outside of Penn State. However, not all institutions pay for parking in the same way. Unlike Penn State Behrend, some may use parking fees and a substantial amount from other revenue sources, including tuition, to pay for parking.
- How is the money generated from parking tickets used?
Money generated from parking tickets goes to the Student Government Association and is then allocated to student clubs and organizations.
- Will more parking lots be built?
There are currently 2,567 parking spaces on campus, and additional lots will be built as campus growth requires. The demand for parking during the beginning of a semester always places a strain on close-in parking, resulting in the need to park in the Jordan Road and Junker Center lots. Consequently, if you arrive between 9:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., you should be prepared for the possibility that you may have a ten- to fifteen-minute walk.
- What if I can't find a parking spot?
If you have difficulty finding a parking space, please call Parking Services for assistance. If parking is not readily available, do not assume that you can park along roadways or on the grass.
- What if I forget my parking permit?
You must stop by the Parking Services office to obtain a temporary permit for the day or the length of time you will not have your regular issued parking permit. Please refer to the Permit Prices page for the current prices of parking permits.