Reduced and low cost parking options

UW–Madison campus administration collaborated with Transportation Services to temporarily expand parking options for graduate and professional students and lower-paid employees (see specific to the right). These groups include many public transportation users, some who may feel a bus commute is not currently their safest travel option to and from campus, despite safety protocols in place for Metro Transit and campus bus operations.

Metro Transit operations follow local, state, and federal public health recommendations. Campus bus routes follow the same safety procedures. Learn more at the Transportation Services Covid-19 Response Hub.

Parking options include low-cost and reduced cost products valid in different parking lots across campus. Permit and pass availability will vary and may be limited.

The reduced and low-cost options were first announced in November 2020 and intended to only be for the 2020-21 parking year. A one-time extension has been granted for the 2021-22 parking year. This program will not be extended in the future.

Be sure to check out offering from our Commuter Solutions program for other great commuting options, including the Flex (pay-per-use) program, carpool, vanpool, and biking.


The reduced and low-cost options are available to:

  • All UW–Madison graduate and professional students
  • Employees with a UW or UW Hospital salary less than $35,000 per year (in base wages)

The $35,000 earning level is comparable to the average stipend for teaching and research assistants and the annualized salary of employees making approximately $15-$17 per hour. Base wages do 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.