Northern Illinois University administrators approved parking permit price increases for the coming year.
The last time NIU increased parking permit prices was in 2011. NIU officials say the hike is to help raise additional revenue for the $5 million backlog of necessary parking lot repairs.
The change affects students and faculty who wish to purchase parking permits.
Reserved parking prices were increased more than other permits; remote parking passes will now be free.
In addition to raising permit prices, NIU parking officials say their enforcement hours will change temporarily, effective immediately. Currently, those hours are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday; the new hours will be 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
There are about 20,000 students enrolled; there are 3,671 part- and full-time workers and more than 5,000 student workers employed at Northern Illinois University.