Parking permits will change from $100 to $150 for the 2017-2018 academic year starting August.
Texas A&M University-Kingsville students and faculty and staff were notified via email earlier this week of the increase in the cost of parking permits.
According to Dr. Terisa Riley, Senior Vice President for Student Affairs and Administration, the added cost will cover expenses needed for new parking lots needed after construction of the new Music Building at what is now the Manning Hall Parking lot and other renovations to the campus.
“I think that it is natural for prices to increase. It happens,” said Sarah Keith, business major.
During the 2015-2016 academic year, the university realized changes had to be met in order to have parking lots due to construction plans.
“We will be taking out about $2 million dollars in debt service for the parking lot we built on the west side of campus, and we will be building a new lot on Armstrong (across from the president’s home) as well as paving the lot behind Cousins Hall to provide additional spots,” Dr. Riley said.
The Manning Hall Parking Lot construction will start as of June 12 and will no longer be available to students.
As of now there is not expectation to increasing parking permit for at least two years. If the university plans to accommodate a parking garage or another structure, the university will consult with the students regarding the cost.
“Students don’t realize that if we create a new parking garage it’s going to increase our parking permit to much more hundreds of dollars because to be able to sustain a parking garage it’s going to come at a cost,” said Keith.
“I don’t want it to happen but I guess it had to happen,” said Alex F., Chemical Engineering major. “Paying $150 and sometimes you don’t even get a parking spot for that money. It’s hard to find parking as it is now.”
For the parking situation, the university parking committee studied the number of parking spots and compared it to the number of permits sold from the academic year of 2016-2017.
With the dismantling of Manning Hall Parking Lot and the addition of two new parking locations to come soon, “we will have more parking spots on campus than the number of permits we sell this year,” Dr. Riley said.
The university does not foresee selling more permits than last year.
“As long as it goes to funding more for the school or to benefit the students in this parking situation it’s okay,” said Matthew Beronez, Biology major.
Parking permits for the new academic year are not available to purchase yet but students on twitter have spoken up after they received the e-mail:
@therealmisa_ via Twitter
@StephhLeeAnn via Twitter
@Richy_castro23 via Twitter
Instructions to Buy or Request a Parking Permit
You will need your student ID (K00334103), ku#, vehicle information, and driver license. If you need your ku#, you can call or go the Help Desk located in the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Library’s Lobby.
- Go to JNET.TAMUK.edu
- Log in. Username: ku# (ex: kuxy0000) Password: your student ID (K00334103)
- Select the second gray tab CAMPUS RESOURCES
- Click PARKING SPOT (when you scroll down it will be on the left)
- Click REQUEST A PARKING PERMIT
- Select your Permit type then press continue
- Select your vehicle (or add a new one at the bottom) then select YES to have your permit mailed to you
- Click PAY PERMIT ONLINE.
- Select the Mailing Address or use the last option to add a new address and click continue
- Enter payment information and click continue
*For faster service, you may select your parking permit to be mailed to your mailing address. Otherwise, your Parking Permit will be available for pick up at the Texas A&M University-Kingsville Business Office.
*If this is your first time purchasing a parking permit or if you are adding a vehicle, you will need your driver’s license and vehicle information.
Students living on campus: Blue
Students living off campus: Yellow
Faculty and staff: Red