No Need for Change

New parking meters installed on campus will no longer accept change as an acceptable form of payment. The updated meters will now only accept Visa or MasterCard in an effort to be more sustainable. Photo credit: Carly Plemons

Campus parking meters will no longer accept change as a form of payment. The new meters can be used with and Visa or MasterCard credit or debit card. The parking cost is $1 per hour or $5 per day until 10 p.m.

Parking permits are required Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Passes are not required on weekends or campus-recognized holidays.

“I think it’s more convenient to charge cards instead of using change,” said Molly Bertz, a Chico State student. “Almost everyone has one [credit card], and it might be more common to not have change than it is to not have a card.”

This new form of payment aids the university in promoting sustainability. The new parking machines are battery-operated and don’t use electricity.

Some parking meters downtown have also begun accepting credit or debit cards.

For a full list of the pay station locations and more information please visit:

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