YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - Youngstown State University students could soon have to pay an additional $100 fee per semester, and the proposed transportation fee is not sitting well with some students.
As it stands now, only students who buy parking passes pay the $100 per semester fee.
But if this latest proposal is approved by the board of trustees, it would be mandatory for all YSU students taking six credit hours or more to pay the additional money.
The proposal is designed to not only cover the cost of parking your car on campus, but it also includes an enhanced shuttle service to get students to class.
According to Danny O'Connell, YSU's Director of Support Services, "What we hope to do is expand that service (shuttle service), right on the campus core, and we're also hoping to put in an express service that would go from down in the Hollow, and behind the big M-1 deck, up to the Williamson School of Business."
The additional revenue raised by the proposed transportation fee would also help cover the cost of major repairs to the aging M-2 or Lincoln parking deck.
O'Connell says, "So a big part of the transportation fee will be to address our needs to have a quality reserve so that we can replace parking. And the other thing that's very important is that we made a decision to keep our M-2 parking deck which is 1,278 parking spaces on the campus core, and we bonded that, so it will also help us pay for our bonded indebtedness with that. It amounts to approximately $4.5 million."
But students we spoke with don't think the fee is fair, especially for those who don't drive to campus.
Melanie Muscolo of Austintown tells 21 News, "If you go down the street there're spots where you can park and you don't have to put anything in a meter or anything like that. So I don't think it's fair."
Chuck Shaffer of Struthers says, "There's a lot of nickel and diming. The campus is very nice, but anymore fees from people who don't have the money to begin with is kind of unfair."
The board of trustees still has to vote on the measure that could go in to effect this fall.