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NOVA to implement major parking policy changes

Northern Virginia Community College has implemented major changes to its long-standing parking policies for students. These changes, which begin in the Fall 2014 semester that starts on August 20, are as follows:

  • Free Evening and Weekend Student Parking. To minimize parking on neighborhood streets and optimize parking capacity at each campus, students will be able to park for free on all campuses in the B parking lots (student lots) after 4:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and all day on weekends.
  • Parking Permit Fee Reduction. To provide an incentive for students to park on-campus, the price of student parking permits will be rolled back by $15 per semester to $90.00 when purchased in-person and $80.00 when purchased on-line.
  • Parking Infrastructure Support Fee. To off-set the reduced parking revenue and provide continuing infrastructure support, a new per-credit-hour fee of $0.50 will be applied to support maintenance and construction of streets, walkways and lots, exterior lighting, signage and safety improvements.
  • Graduation Incentive. To provide an additional incentive, graduating students will receive a full rebate of their final semester paid parking permit fee.

“We hope this incentive-based program will make parking on-campus more convenient and affordable for our students and help our neighbors with the problems associated with off-campus parking,” said NOVA President Dr. Robert G. Templin, Jr.

These changes were approved by the State Board for Community Colleges on May 22, 2014, based on the work and recommendations of an 18-member Parking Task Force. Chaired by NOVA Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer Tony Bansal, the Parking Task Force was appointed by Dr. Templin in September 2013 and spent many months examining the parking issues at all six NOVA campuses.

In addition to these fee-related changes, NOVA is in the process of procuring a consultant to perform transportation demand management studies and transportation master plans for each campus, beginning with the Annandale Campus. The study will involve a number of stakeholders and include an objective analysis of NOVA’s entire parking and transportation operation with comparisons to best practices at similar institutions.

Student parking permits for the Fall 2014 semester go on sale on August 1.

Media Contact: Kathy Thompson | 703.764.3196 | kthompson@nvcc.edu

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.