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Fee Increase - FAQ

Will the cost of permits increase each year?

Yes, this is a 5-year plan with the total amount of the increase spread out across the next 5 years ending in fiscal year 2025/26. Fees vary based on the type of permit. Please see the fee increase plan for specific increases.

As a self-funded program that relies on permit sales for 86% of our revenue, these increases are necessary to continue current service levels and safely maintain our infrastructure and services.

Why do parking fees go up every year?

The costs to maintain our operations increase every year based on changes in the economy and the consumer pricing index. Examples include, the cost of construction, lot maintenance, supplies, services and employee benefits. We have 3 parking structures on campus with up to 6 levels, 30 parking lots, 22 EV chargers, a campus shuttle service, and the staffing required to maintain and operate our infrastructure and services. As a self-support program, our fees, primarily the sale of parking permits, provide our revenue. We increase fees to help us offset the rising costs of business so we can maintain safe and effective parking facilities.

Are student semester permits the only permits that are increasing?

No. Fees will be increasing for all campus permits except for bargaining unit employees who make up approximately 5% of the total population of permit holders. These permit types include campus visitors (Daily & Short-Term), managers, non-bargaining unit employees, vendors, contractors, community, activity and motorcycle permits. For the full list of permit types and increase amounts, please see the pricing grid provided at fee increase plan.

Does the university provide funding for parking operations and costs?

No. In accordance with Education Code 89701-89704 Parking and Transportation Services has been designated as an enterprise fund. This means we are a self-support program that is primarily dependent on parking permit revenue to pay for our operations.

Why aren’t parking fees part of my tuition?

Parking on campus is a voluntary expense. Not all students choose to park on campus. Some live on campus, some commute via the bus, biking, walking or other forms of sustainable transportation. We only charge the individuals who park on campus for the cost of using parking facilities.

How are these fees going to be spent?

We provide a detailed report of revenue and expenses in our yearly Annual Report. In short, the fees will be spent on vital construction maintenance that has been deferred for many years, annual debt service payments for current parking structure loans, and other operational needs that are required to maintain current service levels.

Will there be a hardship fee waiver?

Since parking on campus is a voluntary expense, a hardship fee waiver will not be provided.

We encourage all students to consider sustainable transportation in lieu of driving to campus by choosing a form of sustainable transportation instead. Sustainable transportation is less expensive, avoids all parking permit fees, and most importantly, reduces carbon emissions for our beach community. The university is pursuing a goal of campus carbon neutrality by 2040.

Any students experiencing extreme hardships, displacement, homelessness, food insecurity, an emergency, and/or other crisis should contact the CSULB Basic Needs Program for immediate assistance.

Can I get a discount if my classes are hybrid in the fall and I visit campus less?

Students have the option to purchase a monthly permit instead of a semester or academic year permit. Students that come to campus less than four times per month could also consider buying a Daily permit instead of the monthly option. Please visit the fee increase plan for a full list of different permit options and their prices.

Why isn’t parking free?

In accordance with Education Code 89701-89704 Parking and Transportation Services has been designated as an enterprise fund. This means we are a self-support program that is primarily dependent on parking permit revenue to pay for our operations.

We have 3 parking structures on campus with up to 6 levels, 30 parking lots, 22 EV chargers, a campus shuttle service, and the staffing required to maintain and operate our infrastructure and services.

You can see a detailed report of where all the money comes from and how it is spent in our Annual Report that is posted online each year.

What about the CARES Act money? Why isn’t that being used?

We are anticipating an allocation of $2 million in HEERF funds to assist with lost revenue for FY 2020-21. The allocation reduces our losses; however, it does not provide enough money for parking to meet its operating expenses or maintain our parking lots and structures. Additional information about CARES Act and HEERF funding distribution can be found at Federal Aid.

How do CSULB fees and parking facilities compare to other campuses?

When compared to other CSU campuses, CSU Long Beach is still 7th in order of parking fee expenses even though we offer the 2nd highest amount of available parking spaces and infrastructure. CSU Pomona is the only university of the 23 campuses in the CSU system that offers more parking than CSU Long Beach.

Permit price and parking space comparison

What are some alternatives to buying a permit or parking on campus?

Sustainable Transportation is a great alternative to driving to campus. Students and staff can go green and save money by traveling to campus by bus, bike, carpool or even walking . For more information on each of these sustainable transportation modes, please visit www.csulb.edu/ride.

What are some ways students can save money while parking on campus?

Utilizing sustainable transportation is the most cost effective way to get to campus. If you must drive, consider carpooling. We will continue to offer students the option to buy monthly permits to reduce their total parking costs if they will not be on campus each month. Purchasing a Daily permit is also a less expensive parking option if you will be on campus less than four days per month.

Will there be improved "flow of traffic" during rush hour for students to find parking easier?

As normal parking demand returns to campus, we will provide off-campus parking lot options.

Will there be plans to install digital signs that show if there are vacancies in each parking lot?

Installing parking counters is a costly venture that requires video cameras and counting equipment at each of the 30 parking lots we have along with the three parking structures. PTS does not have the funds required for a program of this scope at this time. As technology advances, we will be looking for a more cost effective solution.

Can multiple people be on one parking permit?

No. This is considered permit sharing. All permits are nontransferable and may only be used by the individual to whom the permit is issued.

For any questions not addressed in the FAQ above, please feel free to email ParkingGeneral@csulb.edu or call 562.985.4146.