Permits can rack up hidden fees

Students are always looking to save a few dollars by selling back textbooks and finding cheap alternatives. Parking Services Manager Ann Szipszky points to purchasing annual parking permits as a way to save some money.

Szipszky said that two individual semester permits cost $424.79 while an annual commuter permit costs $374.50, saving students about $50. Two semester permits for residents cost $370 while an annual academic resident permit costs $350, saving students $20.

“It will always work out best to purchase more semesters at a time than purchasing them separately,” Szipszky said.

Until the fall 2014 semester, parking had proved to be a headache for students, but thanks to the additional spaces that have been constructed, students only need to look out for tickets and citations now.

Szipszky told the Setonian that about 5,400 tickets and 30 boots are issued on average every academic year. Last semester’s citations amounted to 3,060. According to the Seton Hall website, there are various acts that will result in a parking citation including, but not limited to, parking in a fire zone, on grass or sidewalks, blocking traffic and not having a permit. These offenses result in various fees and fines ranging from $25 to $100. The heftiest fine listed on the site is an “illegal/altered permit” and will run students the cost of a permit in addition to $250 and a boot, which costs $50 to remove. If an altered permit is caught on a second offense, offenders will have to pay a $250 fine, have their car towed, lose parking privileges and face disciplinary actions.

However, students can appeal tickets via PirateNet, Szipszky said. If the appeal is denied, an additional $25 fee will be tacked on to the original citation. According to Szipszky, a $15 late fee will be added to all citations if they are not paid after 10 business days. Szipszky also said that fees and fines are transferred to a student’s Bursar account and if not paid, can result in a hold on the account, preventing students from registering for classes, getting transcripts and graduating.

“Further late fees can be applied by the Bursar’s office as well in the balance remains outstanding over there for too long,” Szipszky said. “In some cases it can even be turned over to a collection agency.”

Tickets can be paid at the Parking Services Office in Duffy Hall, Room 63. The fines can also be taken from the student’s payroll if they please, according to Szipszky.

For more information, visit http://www.shu.edu/offices/parking-services/fees-fines.cfm.

Tiffany Do can be reached at tiffany.do@student.shu.edu.

Author: Tiffany Do

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