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Frequently Asked Questions

Any full-time commuting student, full-time, benefit-eligible faculty or staff can start a carpool. All interested participants must fill out the carpool application and provide proof of local residence and vehicle registration.

The first step to register with the carpool program is to have a qualified carpool group in which all members are Clemson University full-time, permanent faculty, staff or full-time commuting students who are willing to participate in the program.


When submitting the application, either printing it out at home to bring in or filling it out in the office, you will need to include proof of local residence (utility bill, lease, etc.), vehicle registration, driver's license, and Clemson University ID. Parking Services will notify the applicants by email of their approval into the carpool program within three business days.


Upon notification of approval, carpool participants must come to Parking Services together in order to turn in any current valid permits (including motorcycle/moped permits) for a refund or termination of payroll deduction. Carpool permits will be issued at this time.

The carpool permit must be renewed twice a year, once in January and once in August. The expiration for Fall carpool permits will be December 31. The expiration date for the Spring carpool permits will be August 15. Participants will be required to renew the permit in person as a group during each semester. At this time, online renewal is not available for carpool permits.

A member of the carpool must contact the Parking Services within three business days of a change in the number of carpool participants. The participant of the carpool who drops out of the group will not receive a refund (unless they drop out within the first 5 business days of purchasing the permit). The total number of participants in a carpool must be 2 or more in order to stay active.

Full-time Commuting Student $50.00 per semester per member

Range 1 Full-time, benefit eligible Faculty/Staff $ 6.75 per semester

Range 2 Full-time, benefit eligible Faculty/Staff $24.00 per semester

Range 3 Full-time, benefit eligible Faculty/Staff $44.00 per semester

Range 4 Full-time, benefit eligible Faculty/Staff $55.00 per semester

Range 5 Full-time, benefit eligible Faculty/Staff $66.00 per semester

Range 6 Full-time, benefit eligible Faculty/Staff $70.00 per semester

Range 7 Full-time, benefit eligible Faculty/Staff $72.00 per semester

Range 8 Full-time, benefit eligible Faculty/Staff $77.00 per semester

Range 9 Full-time, benefit eligible Faculty/Staff $121.00 per semester


Permits are free for groups of 3 or more participants.


Upon payment, each participant will receive a Carpool decal to be placed on their personal car and five Temporary one-day parking permits.  One shared Carpool hangtag will be issued to the group.

Yes, your group may add more members to the carpool at any time. The addition of participants to the group will require the new participant to complete the carpool registration like the other participants. Upon approval the new participant may purchase a Carpool permit and be issued 5 Temporary parking permits.

A participant of the carpool must notify Parking Services within three business days of disbanding. All participants will be required to turn in their Temporary parking permits and Carpool permits and will not receive a refund for the purchase price of the Carpool Permit. 

All participants of the carpool will be required to purchase a new parking permit at its existing rate.

No, carpool permits must be paid in the Parking Services office. Participants currently enrolled in payroll deduction will turn in their current employee parking permit and fill out a form to terminate participation in payroll deduction.

At this time, we are unable to assist with organizing carpool groups.

Yes, you would need to complete a carpool application and turn in your Commuter permit upon approval. You will be issued a refund for your Commuter permit at the current prorated cost minus the cost of the carpool permit.

No, the Temporary parking permits are assigned to the vehicle registered to the individual member of the carpool.

During the hours of 5 a.m. - 5 p.m. vehicles displaying carpool permits can only be parked in carpool spaces.

No, when parking on campus between 5 a.m. - 5 p.m. the Carpool decal must be used either with the Carpool hangtag in a carpool space or the Temporary parking hangtag in a space based on your regular parking designation (Commuter for students, Employee for Faculty/Staff). 

Vehicles parked in a carpool space with a Temporary permit will be towed at the owner's expense.

The Guaranteed Ride Home (GRH) Program is a service offered through Parking Services. The GRH is designed to provide participants with rides home in the event of an emergency. Each rider that is registered for the program will receive up to three emergency rides home per semester. The GRH is not meant for personal errands.