Wayne State offers free parking for freshmen

Associated Press

Detroit — Wayne State University in Detroit plans to offer free parking to newly admitted freshmen for the fall 2016 semester.

The school says the Office of the President is funding the pilot program to determine the effect of free and convenient parking on students’ ability to participate in university events, programs and services.

University President M. Roy Wilson says in a statement that parking can be a challenge for first-time college students, especially those at urban schools. He says the university wants to “eliminate as many barriers as possible to ensure their successful transition to college life.”

Officials plan to evaluate the program to determine whether it will continue beyond the pilot period.

About 1,400 freshmen purchase parking permits each fall. Currently, students pay $287 per semester for assigned parking.