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

  1. all commuting students
  2. all junior residential students
  3. 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

  1. documented  medical reasons  by submitting a  Verification of Need for Accessibility Services form or,
  2. 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.

Application Process

First-year or Sophomore resident students applying for a parking permit eligibility waiver due to an  extreme financial need or hardship  must

  1. complete this application form  and
  2. 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.

Guest Parking

Please review the guest registration information and requirements. 

2021-2022 Campus Parking Map