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First-year students eligible for spring student parking with pre-approval

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — With reduced parking demand on campus this academic year due to remote learning and remote working, first-year students interested in bringing a vehicle to campus are encouraged to apply for an exception to the University's first-year student parking restriction.

To be considered, a student's parent or guardian must submit a notarized letter by email to with the following information:

  • Student's name, Penn State ID number and email address.
  • The reason why student parking is needed.
  • The date range during which parking is being requested (entire semester or a shorter period).
  • The parent or guardian's signature accompanied by a witness seal from a notary public.

Students who submit this request will be notified by email with a decision. If approved, first-year students in need of parking for the entire semester will be able to purchase a permit online and those who need parking for a shorter time period will visit the Transportation Services Office at 1 Eisenhower Parking Deck to purchase a permit. Available permit options will be based on students' assigned campus housing area and which permits remain available at the time of purchase. Visit the Resident Student Permits page to see which options are available for each residence hall area. 

First-year students who live off-campus and are commuting to and from campus may purchase a student Commuter permit online without prior approval.

Questions may be directed to the Transportation Services Office by email at or by phone at 814-865-1436.

Last Updated January 15, 2021