Students who were overcharged by Pasadena City College for parking permits will be able to get a refund, but not before paying a new fee.

The school is now offering reduced priced parking permits for $30 to students who receive financial aid after it found out it was violating state law by not offering discounted permits to such students, according to a memo sent out to faculty and staff from acting Chief of Police Steven Matchan.

Students who have already bought the full priced permits at $64 will also have a chance to get reimbursed but will have to jump through a few hoops and pay a processing fee of $5 before seeing any of that money.

“Parking permit refunds must be requested by the end of the second week of the semester,” the memo states. “To receive a refund, you must bring your permit to campus police… If you purchased your permit in person or online, then you will need to bring your original receipt of purchase in order to receive your refund.”

Associated Students President Jordyn Orozco said that he didn’t think the students should be held accountable for a mistake made by the college.

“I understand the need for the school to charge a processing fee because of the channels money has to go through,” Orozco said. “However, I do feel the school should be taking responsibility for its mistake and allow students to get fully reimbursed per the process stated by campus police without the $5 processing fee”

Senior Vice President Robert Miller said in July that the school had become aware that they were violating the California Educational Code after surveying other colleges in the area.

California Educational Code 76360 states that “students who receive financial assistance” should be exempt from parking fees imposed that exceed $30 per semester.

Miller said that the school was not intentionally making money off of students previous to finding out about the violation.


  1. The fee was to process a refund for those students that had not filed for financial aid on time. If you do things at the last minute, paying a fee is not that unreasonable. How many of you would like to volunteer to fill the extra staff positions that would be required to facilitate those that waited until the last minute? Otherwise, hiring people for this means pass fees will rise.

    Also, this story is not accurate. “Breaking the Ed Code” is not exactly what happened. There is an exemption when measures are being paid off. In this case the money was paying for the parking structure and, when that was paid off, discounts were allowed. Call it circumvention, call it an exception – breaking is an entirely different inference all together.

    “nonymous” – What part of this is in the realm of responsibility of the Board of Trustees? This is not a policy issue.

    I would also like to point out that this problem was fixed shortly after it was brought to anyone’s attention, no matter what you have heard. That being said, it is time to take a step back, breath, let go of your hatred and be a productive part of this community. A problem happened, a problem was solved – that is not a series of events that should cause you to berate anyone.

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