Reduced and low cost parking options

The reduced cost parking permit program provides a discounted rate on annual base lot and UW-Accessible parking permits for eligible UW employees, UW Hospital and Clinics employees, and UW graduate and professional students. Reduced cost base lot permits are available in any parking lot where annual base lot permits are available.

Reduced and low-cost parking options were introduced November 2020. The program expanded in the 2022-23 parking year. UW-Madison campus administration has collaborated with Transportation Services to continue the reduced cost program through 2023-24 and 2024-25 parking years.

2024-25 Reduced Cost Options

2023-24 Reduced Cost Options

How to Apply

Reduced cost parking eligibility

2024-25 parking year
(September 1, 2024 – August 31, 2025)

Information regarding eligibility criteria for the 2024-25 parking year will be available soon.

2023-24 parking year
(September 1, 2023 – August 31, 2024)

  • UW employees and graduate/professional students with a gross hourly pay rate less than $18.72 per hour.
  • UW Hospital and Clinics employees with a gross hourly pay rate less than $30 per hour.

The gross pay rate eligibility threshold does not include lump sum bonuses or overtime.

These criteria were set with guidance from the Office of Human Resources (OHR) and were approved by campus administration.

Reduced cost parking options for the 2024-25 parking year

Annual base lot permits are available at a reduced cost for eligible applicants. All applicants are automatically considered for the reduced cost program. Eligibility for the reduced cost price is based on the qualifying salary on the date the permit is offered— not the application date. Learn how to apply.

UW employees and graduate/professional students with HR appointments. When selecting lot choices on your parking permit application, you may select any parking lot where regular-priced base lot permits are available.

Graduate/professional students without HR appointments. Reduced-cost permits are only available to you in select parking lots. When selecting lot choices on your parking permit application, choose only these lots to be considered for the program: 46, 67, 75, 76, and 83.

For parking rules, read the parking permit terms and conditions policy.

2024-25 reduced cost annual base lot permits

Cost: $618

Valid: September 1, 2024 through August 31, 2025

Eligibility

  • UW employees and graduate/professional students (eligible pay rate to be determined).
  • UW Hospital and Clinics employees with a gross hourly pay rate less than $30 per hour.
  • For more information on eligibility, read the reduced cost parking permit policy.

Reduced cost UW-Accessible permits are available to eligible applicants. Applicants are automatically considered for the reduced cost program. Eligibility for the reduced cost price is based on the qualifying salary on the date the permit is offered— not the application date. Learn how to apply.

Reduced cost UW-Accessible permits are available those who qualify for an annual UW-Accessible parking permit. Read the ADA/accessible parking policy.

2024-25 reduced cost UW-Accessible permits

Cost: $618

Valid: September 1, 2023 through August 31, 2024

Eligibility

  • Must qualify for an annual UW-Accessible parking permit.
  • UW employees and graduate/professional students (eligible pay rate to be determined).
  • UW Hospital and Clinics employees with a gross hourly pay rate less than $30 per hour.
  • For more information on eligibility, read the reduced cost parking permit policy.

Semester permits will be available to purchase in the eBusiness purchasing portal. Availability is limited in Lots 17, 29. 36, 46, 67, 76, and 83.

  • Fall semester 2024 permits will be available online starting August 2024 (exact date to be determined).
  • Spring semester 2025 permits will be available online starting December 2024 (exact date to be determined).

2024-25 semester permits

Cost: $259 per semester

Fall 2024 permits valid September 1, 2024 through December 31, 2024

Spring 2025 permits valid January 1, 2025 through May 31, 2025

Eligibility

Other low-cost parking options include park and ride permits, afternoon permits, and night permits. For current rates, check the rates page.

Afternoon and night permits are available for online purchase in the eBusiness portal or at an office location. They do not require an application.

Park and ride permits require an application. Learn how to apply.

Reduced cost parking options for the 2023-24 parking year

Annual base lot permits are available at a reduced cost for eligible applicants. When applying for an annual base lot parking permit, applicants are automatically considered for the reduced cost program. Learn how to apply.

For UW employees and graduate/professional students with HR appointments, reduced cost annual base lot permits are available in the same campus parking lots where regular-priced base lot permits are available.

Graduate/professional students without HR appointments must apply through the student parking process and select these specific lots to be considered for the program: 46, 67, 75, 76, and 83.

For parking rules, read the parking permit terms and conditions policy.

2023-24 reduced cost annual base lot permits

Cost: $618

Valid: September 1, 2023 through August 31, 2024

Eligibility

  • UW employees and graduate/professional students with a gross hourly pay rate less than $18.72 per hour.
  • UW Hospital and Clinics employees with a gross hourly pay rate less than $30 per hour.
  • For more information on eligibility, read the reduced cost parking permit policy.

Reduced cost UW-Accessible permits are available to eligible applicants. When applying for a parking permit, applicants are automatically considered for the reduced cost program. Learn how to apply.

Reduced cost UW-Accessible permits are available those who qualify for an annual UW-Accessible parking permit. Read the ADA/accessible parking policy.

2023-24 reduced cost UW-Accessible permits

Cost: $618

Valid: September 1, 2023 through August 31, 2024

Eligibility

  • Must qualify for an annual UW-Accessible parking permit.
  • UW employees and graduate/professional students with a gross hourly pay rate less than $18.72 per hour.
  • UW Hospital and Clinics employees with a gross hourly pay rate less than $30 per hour.
  • For more information on eligibility, read the reduced cost parking permit policy.

Semester permits are available for in-person purchase at a Transportation Services office location. Availability is limited in Lots 17, 29. 36, 46, 67, 75, 76, and 83.

  • Fall semester 2023 permits available for in-person purchase starting August 22, 2023.
  • Spring semester 2024 permits available for in-person purchase starting December 6, 2023.

Semester permits are subject to the same rules and restrictions governing all annual base lot permits. Read the parking permit terms and conditions policy.

2023-24 semester permits

Cost: $259 per semester

Fall 2023 permits valid September 1, 2023 through December 31, 2023

Spring 2024 permits valid January 1, 2024 through May 31, 2024

Eligibility

Other low-cost parking options include park and ride permits, afternoon permits, and night permits. For current rates, check the rates page.

Afternoon and night permits are available for online purchase in the eBusiness portal or at an office location. They do not require an application.

Park and ride permits require an application. Learn how to apply.

How to Apply

Employees and graduate/professional students with an HR appointments

UW-Madison employees, UW Hospital and Clinics employees, and UW graduate or professional students with HR appointments are automatically considered for the reduced cost program when applying for an annual base lot permit or UW-Accessible permit.

Apply for an annual base lot permit in the permit application system (PAS) to be considered for the reduced cost program. Read more about how to apply for parking.

Eligibility for the reduced cost price is based on the qualifying salary on the date the permit is offered— not the application date.

Permit availability may be limited.

Graduate/professional students without an HR appointment

UW graduate/professional students without a UW or UW-affiliate appointment and UW graduate/professional student with an appointment classified as “student help” must apply for specific parking lots through the student parking process to be considered for the reduced cost program.

Apply through the student parking process to be considered for a reduced cost annual base lot permit.

When approved, you may apply for an annual base lot permit in the permit application system (PAS). To be considered for the reduced cost price, you must select lots where reduced cost permits are available for students: Lots 46, 67, 75, 76, or 83.

To receive the reduced cost rate, you must be awarded a permit in a facility where reduced cost permits are available for students (Lots 46, 67, 75, 76, and 83.). If you apply for parking in a lot where reduced cost permits are not available, you may receive an offer for a parking permit at the regular rate.

Eligibility for the reduced cost price is based on the qualifying salary on the date the permit is offered— not the application date.

Permit availability may be limited.

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