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GRU parking to cost more on Summerville campus

Tuesday, July 9, 2013 5:20 PM
Last updated Wednesday, July 10, 2013 12:09 AM
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The cost of parking will increase for Georgia Regents University students, faculty and staffers in the fall – but only for those on the Summerville campus.

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Parking rates on Georgia Regents University's Summerville Campus will go up for students, faculty and staff in the fall.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
Parking rates on Georgia Regents University's Summerville Campus will go up for students, faculty and staff in the fall.

Starting in the fall, parking for Summerville faculty and staff members will jump from $10 a year to $10 a month. The rate for health science faculty and staff members will remain unchanged at $25 a month.

All GRU students will pay a voluntary rate of $35 a semester. It is a decrease for health science students, who used to pay $25 per month, but a $50 yearly increase for Summerville students from their old rate of $20 per year.

Parking rates at the former Augusta State University were far lower than those at Georgia Health Sciences University before the schools consolidated this year, and GRU is working to standardize the rates across both campuses.

Director of Auxiliary Services Karl Munschy said that although students, faculty and staffers at Sum­merville will see the majority of increases, the idea is to change the rates gradually so no one feels the burden all at once.

“We didn’t want to do an abrupt change to any one population group, so this is a step in that direction over time,” he said.

A free or reduced rate for low-income staffers and faculty members teaching six credit hours or less is being finalized, Munschy said.

While he acknowledged the change for Summerville faculty and staff is more than tenfold, Munschy said the increase was necessary to even the playing field across both campuses and create a reasonable pay scale for services.

“Honestly the rates paid (at Summerville) were just too low,” he said. “It equaled out to 84 cents a month. That probably just covered the cost of name tags for them … but everybody I talked to about it, they all understood what’s going on.”

Parking fees for Sum­merville students used to be included in a mandatory $35-per-semester transportation fee, of which $20 was allocated to parking. Health sciences students paid $25 a month for general parking or $60 a month for a reserved spot. The reserved rate will increase to $70 a month in the fall.

The revenue from parking fees will go toward funding wage and benefits expenses for employees who drive the 11 shuttles on the health sciences campus and the four at Summerville, Munschy said.

With GRU’s master plan for the campus still in development, a more comprehensive transportation and parking plan could be implemented in the future. The ultimate goal for the standard parking rate has not been determined.

Although they acknowledged a need to pay for services, some GRU students on the Summerville campus said they were frustrated by the increase.

Douglas Bentley, 19, drives to campus each day from Evans and said he has no choice but to purchase a parking spot. The full-time student has a part-time job at Panera Bread to pay for gas, and he said the added cost is one more expense weighing him down.

“It just feels like they’re crooks,” Bentley said. “For the smallest things at GRU, you have to pay … Saying it is voluntary is useless. If you live far away and have a car, you pretty much have to drive.”

GRU junior Kendall Berrian said he drives to campus at least twice a week and could not go without purchasing a parking pass. As a student on a budget, he said, it is one more cost he’ll have to account for.

“That’s $35 I could have used for gas,” he said. “That could have filled up my car. I could have gotten groceries with that. It’s not huge, but it does have an effect.”



Summerville students $20/year $35/semester

Health sciences students $25/month $35/semester

Summerville faculty/staff $10/year $10/month

Health sciences
faculty/staff $25/month $25/month

Health sciences
reserved spaces $60/month $70/month

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Gage Creed
Gage Creed 07/09/13 - 08:32 pm
Who votes for Gru from

Who votes for Gru from "Despicable Me" to be the new GRU mascot?

"Who's with me? Let's go!" (must be read in Bluto voice"

Ginette 07/09/13 - 09:42 pm
How is this fair?

A policy imposing different rates based on the campus on which the employee is located now rather than on which campus the employee was located prior to consolidation is hardly fair.

thauch12 07/09/13 - 11:18 pm
Common Sense

One university, one only makes sense.

v4vendetta 07/10/13 - 01:10 am

Don't complain... Some universities charge $100-200 per month for parking. This is a deal

Edward1968 07/10/13 - 08:19 am

Gage Creed,
I agree but, let's morph Azziz's face into it.

my.voice 07/10/13 - 08:22 am
Just park at Azziz's house,

Just park at Azziz's house, he has a shuttle running I hear.

resident 07/10/13 - 08:47 am
PAY For Extortion fee

First Come First Server should be the order of the day. IT is not like they actually get any benefit from the fees they pay. There is no guarantee on security, It is not as if they are well maintained such as repaved regularly, or even seal coated, they might paint the lines once every 5 or so years. Sounds to me like another way to extort money from a student because they know that most are getting student loans and they have to pay for their school's so called services with their money.

Dudeness 07/10/13 - 09:29 am
$35 over the course of a

$35 over the course of a semester is extremely cheap. Breaking it down, you're looking at paying about $1.10-1.20 more each week (compared to the previous cost). That is not going to put a person on the street or fill up your gas tank. I have been frustrated with our group paying the bulk of the parking fees collected by GRU and when we taxpayers are paying 3/4 of your tuition, I have no sympathy for students having to scrape up an extra $5 each month.

WalterBradfordCannon 07/10/13 - 10:43 am
Let me break it down for you.

Let me break it down for you. Azziz has dramatically expanded the administration of GRU, and that costs money. He has decreased non-administrative funding to the former GHSU campus, and increased tuition and fees. EVERYTHING is getting more expensive so that GRU can make the transition to the All-Administrative University.

dreTT 07/10/13 - 04:42 pm
Tough Pill

I don't know who Mr. Munschy spoke to but staff on the summerville campus do not want to have to pay $120 a year to park at the place of their employment, with further increases at the discretion of the university. This is especially so when they don't see increases in their pay over several years.

puppydog 07/10/13 - 08:53 pm
Inequitable increases

Why on the Health Sciences campus, regular faculty/staff parking did not increase at all, student parking went wayyyy down, but reserved parking was increased by 17%???? How is that equitable??!!!

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