Revoke Quinnipiac's $90/semester Fee on Commuter Students

Revoke Quinnipiac's $90/semester Fee on Commuter Students

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On Feb. 25, 2021, Tom Ellett, Chief Experience Officer at Quinnipiac University announced a $90/semester parking fee for non-residential students, effective in Fall 2021. Quinnipiac is a commuter school and it’s evident that this institution is neglecting to recognize the voices of those in financial need and those who garner the same education whether being a residential student or not. Tom Ellett states, one of the reasons for this new fee is “to ensure parking availability for students who choose to live on campus.” However, Quinnipiac already has ample parking; The Hogan Lot, The York Hill Parking Garage and corresponding lots are rarely at full capacity. Even with parking bans due to impending storms the main location of diversion (the garage) is not full. The North Lot is the only lot that demonstrates a constant flow of traffic. If the student residential experience is what it’s said to be then the quality of shuttles/university transport/on-campus activities should vastly mitigate the need for residential students to have a car.

Most other commuter students do not live on campus because of one of the highest tuition rates in the state and in the North East, we cannot afford it. This $90 parking fee will not help us find the additional tens of thousands of dollars necessary to live in on-campus housing and it will not encourage prospective students to come to campus. Quinnipiac is losing students at the bottom income percentiles every year, and the school ranks amongst the lowest in the country in economic disparity. Instituting this fee would acquire nearly 720 dollars and combined would equal a nearly 57,000 dollar cost in attendance without aid. The cost of tuition was already raised during this pandemic AND adding on more fees to those in financial crisis is not the correct path to take. You note that “exceptions may be reviewed based upon financial need,” however it is unlikely that students will qualify due to arbitrary and flawed metrics used to measure financial security. It cannot be overstated how insulting commuter students found this part of the announcement. A fee is not encouragement, it is punishment.  

“I understand and appreciate that this change may not be welcomed by some students, yet it is an important step in our efforts to create a best-in-class residential experience at Quinnipiac,” said Ellet. The administration immediately recognizes that this policy - again, implemented during a global pandemic, will be unpopular with some students (obviously - commuter students). Commuter students are more likely to be first-generation students, immigrants, low income, and minority students. The email also mentions, “According to data from the Quinnipiac Class of 2021, students who lived on campus had stronger GPAs and an 11% higher retention rate into their fourth year compared to non-residential students.”  It is evident the university wishes to increase the number of residential students by punishing commuters; who are actively on campus, work student jobs, participate in organizations, promote their respective schools, excel in their studies and more. We are just as capable, no matter our residency status.  Instead of prioritizing all students, you are prioritizing one group and continue to have us pay for the university's anti-student budget shortfalls. Revoke the 90 dollar per semester fee. 


From, 

Quinnipiac Commuter Students. 

https://q30tv.com/news/quinnipiac-students-are-displeased-with-new-parking-fee-for-non-residential-students/

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