Lake Forest College is a residential pedestrian campus with a limited number of parking spaces available, is it necessary to restrict parking eligibility not only for philosophical reasons but also for purely practical ones – there simply are not enough spaces to provide parking for everyone who would like to have a car on campus.
Therefore, student parking and permit eligibility is limited to
- all commuting students
- all junior residential students
- all senior residential students
While first-year and sophomore residential students are not eligible to obtain a permit to park on campus, ineligible students can seek permission to purchase a regular permit for
- documented medical reasons by submitting a Verification of Need for Accessibility Services form or,
- demonstrated cases of extreme financial need or hardship by completing this application form.
Since vehicles that do not display proper permits are subject to being ticketed, students are strongly encouraged to obtain permission to park before they bring their car to campus.
First-year or Sophomore resident students applying for a parking permit eligibility waiver due to an extreme financial need or hardship must
- complete this application form and
- obtain and submit a letter from their off-campus contact (e.g. employer) certifying their schedule or obligations and date of expiration. Letters from employers must be written on the company’s official letterhead and include a contact telephone number.
Requests to have a car on campus for the convenience of visiting home, relatives, or friends does not satisfy the extreme need or hardship requirement. Likewise, having an off-campus job or participating in extra-curricular activities also cannot be considered unless the extreme need or hardship requirement is met.
Eligibility Review Process
Once the application is completed and all required documents have been received, a “need-based financial aid” review (grants, loans, work-study) is conducted with assistance from the Office of Financial Aid who advise if the applicant has a high, moderate, low, or no need.
Applicants with a demonstrated high or moderate need are typically granted permission to purchase a permit while those with a demonstrated low or no need are not approved.
Students Whose Applications are Approved
If your application is approved, you will be notified via your College email account. The message will also include information about your purchase options and the steps you need to follow to obtain your permit.
Students Whose Applications are Not Approved
If your application is not approved, your name can be placed on a prioritized waiting list which will be revisited following a utilization review of the number of permits issued to all commuting students, eligible junior and senior residential students, and those approved for medical or hardship reasons. If sufficient space is available following our assessment (which should be completed approximately 5-7 days after the first scheduled day of class), you will be notified by email if your request can be accommodated along with information about your purchase options and the steps you need to follow to obtain your permit.
Parking Permit Fees
All eligible and accommodation approved permits purchased at the beginning of the fall semester cost $250 for the academic year. Permits purchased after the semester has started will be charged a prorated amount.
Permits purchased at the beginning of the spring semester cost $125 for the remainder of the academic year. Permits purchased after the semester has started will be charged a prorated amount.
We encourage everyone to review our entire parking rules and regulations policy, which will also be distributed with issued permits.
Student Vehicle Registration Process
Students must come to the Public Safety Center and register their vehicle to obtain any type of permit (unless otherwise directed and given special instructions such as for “move-in” days).
Students must bring a copy of their receipt if purchased on-line (recommended) or in the Business Office. Students must also bring an original or copy of the vehicle’s current year license registration card (which is used to verify the license plate number and registered ownership) at which time registration will only be permitted if the license registration card bears the name of the student or the name of a member of their immediate family. Any discrepancy or dispute will require approval by the Director or Assistant Director of Public Safety.