Wayne State University

Freshman Free Parking Pilot Program

WSU parking structureParticipation in the pilot program is open only to newly admitted freshmen for fall 2016 and winter 2017 — in particular, those who are attending college for the first time — and includes parking at no cost for the fall 2016 and winter 2017 semesters. 

President M. Roy Wilson is funding this program to understand whether offering free and convenient parking will help students:

  • Establish the best possible class schedule and course load
  • Participate in university events, organizations and activities
  • Engage with peers, professors and advisors

Register for Pilot Program

Eligibility and enrollment

First-time freshmen in any Wayne State school or college are eligible for the program. If you were dually enrolled in a college while attending high school or took advanced placement courses, you are still eligible.

Registration for winter semester parking will begin Wednesday, November 16.


Registration is open beginning November 16. Parking passes will start being mailed 5-7 business days from request. 

Please note: Due to high parking demand for the winter 2017 semester, we encourage all students to register early to ensure a spot in their preferred lot or structure. All parking assignments are made on a first-come, first-served basis.


Parking access is open only to students registered for the program and only in their assigned structure or lot. You will be required to swipe your OneCard in order to enter and exit your assigned structure or lot.

Living on campus?

WSU Housing residents who enroll in the program will be assigned access to Structure 2 or Structure 8, as they are 24-hour facilities designated for campus residents.

If you have questions, contact the Parking and OneCard Service Center at 313-577-2273 or parking@wayne.edu.


Can I share my pass?

No. Only an assigned student with a registered vehicle can use the pass. Your parking access will be preloaded on your OneCard prior to the start of the fall 2016 semester. Allowing anyone else to utilize your parking privileges is a violation of parking rules and regulations as well as the Student Code of Conduct. Doing so may result in revocation of your parking privileges and other consequences.

Will I receive an RFID pass/hangtag?

You will receive a special hangtag to identify parking program membership. All hangtags will be mailed in August. This tag will not include RFID technology, and you will be required to use your OneCard to park in campus lots or structures. Parking access will be programmed to your OneCard for the winter 2017 semester.

Why are only first-time freshmen offered free parking?

The Office of the President launched this initiative based on current student feedback. This population was selected to help new students with their transition to college while evaluating the impact of the program on student success. It may be expanded to other populations if the pilot program is successful.

How will this affect current students enrolled in the parking program?

We are working hard to evaluate the campus parking program and ensure that current parking program members will not be negatively affected by the initiative.

Where can I park?

You can choose from one of several lots and structures on campus. You will be assigned to one designated location of your choice on a first-come, first-served basis. As a member of the program, you are considered an assigned parking customer and should have a space available in your designated facility. You can always visit parking.wayne.edu or use the Wayne State Mobile App to check availability in campus lots and structures.

Are premium locations available for this program?

No. Premium parking lots and structures are not available for the Freshman Free Parking Pilot Program.

Is this for the fall 2016 and winter 2017 semesters only?

As of now, the initiative began as a pilot program for the fall 2016 semester and will continue for winter 2017. If the program is expanded or extended, eligible students will be notified via WSU email.

How long can I leave my car in the lot?

Most campus lots and structures close nightly, however Structure 2 and Structure 8 are open 24 hours. Please pay attention to posted hours of operation and restrictions at the lots and structures before parking for an extended period. Vehicles cannot be stored on campus and should be used regularly.

Can I still park in handicap-accessible spaces?

Campus lots and structures have a limited number of handicap-accessible spots, per ADA regulations, that are available on a first-come, first-served basis. A qualifying state-issued permit must be displayed while parking in these spaces. If you need further accommodations, please contact Parking and Transportation Services.

What if I have multiple vehicles?

All vehicles used with the program must be registered with Parking and Transportation Services at parking.wayne.edu. When parking on campus, your hangtag must be displayed. You may only park one vehicle at a time in WSU lots or structures in accordance with your parking assignment.

Can I park on weekends and holidays?

Yes. But keep in mind most campus lots and structures close nightly, and many are closed on weekends. Structure 2 and Structure 8 are open 24 hours. Please pay attention to posted hours of operation and parking restrictions at the lots and structures before parking for an extended period.

Will this affect my financial aid package?

If you choose to participate in this program and accept free parking for the fall 2016 semester, it may affect your financial aid package. This will decrease your cost of attendance by $287 in the fall semester. To understand how this may affect any financial aid you have been awarded, contact the Office of Student Financial Aid at 313-577-2100.

Can I opt out of the program?

Yes. By not signing up for the program, you choose not to participate. If you do not log in and register by early September, we will assume you have chosen to opt out.

What if I purchase a vehicle midsemester?

First-time freshmen who obtain a vehicle midsemester may still participate in the program. You must contact the OneCard and Parking Service Center at 313-577-2273 or onecard@wayne.edu when you obtain your vehicle in order to determine your next steps.