Worcester State U. Students Complain of ‘Pedestrian Access Fee’

Parking spaces are at a premium at the Massachusetts college, where construction projects have both added to the number of people seeking to park and subtracted the number of places to do so. But what really seems to tick off students is a $72-a-year “parking/pedestrian access fee,” first collected in 2010. University officials said the fee was needed to “help maintain walkways in an era of decreased state funding for public colleges and universities,” according to The Telegram & Gazette, a Worcester newspaper.

WORCESTER – It costs to walk on the campus of Worcester State University. A “parking/pedestrian access fee” – part of the welter of mandatory and optional student fees that make up the bulk of the cost of a public higher education in the state and the only one at a Central Massachusetts public college or university – has for the last few years been tacked onto WSU students’ bills, whether they drive or walk to school.

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