Pay by Plate Parking

“Pay by Plate” parking is now available at the following locations:

  • Grand River Parking Ramp (Ramp #6 = Lot 103)
  • Shaw Lane Parking Ramp (Ramp #1 = Lot 51)
  • Trowbridge Parking Ramp (Ramp #5 = Lot 102)

You must park in a space designated as a “Pay by Plate” parking space. Signage has been installed in these areas. Parking spaces not marked as “Pay by Plate” may be reserved for permit parking. Parking in a space not designated as”Pay by Plate” parking may result in a parking violation.

Example “Pay by Plate” parking space signage:

Pay by Plate Signage

How does it work?

The “multi-space” meter is pay station kiosk designed for quick, easy, parking. The machine accepts multiple forms of payment, including cash, coins, and credit cards.

You may have used similar parking kiosks in another city or at other universities, but maybe not in a “Pay by Plate” configuration.

Some systems use “Pay and Display” with their parking kiosks. In this setup, customers pay for parking at the kiosk, then return to their vehicle to display a printed receipt on their dash or affixed to the vehicle’s windshield before heading to their destination.

Other systems use “Pay by Space” where each parking space has a unique number assigned. When using the parking kiosk, you must indicate what parking space your vehicle is using. Placing several numbered signs at parking spaces around campus would impact the campus aesthetics.

With “Pay by Plate” parking, you have an option to print a receipt after you pay, however, you do NOT need to return to your vehicle to display the receipt on your dashboard.

PLEASE NOTE: THE PAY STATION KIOSKS DO NOT PROVIDE CHANGE. If you are not paying with a credit card, or via the Spot On mobile payment app, please use exact change.


Mobile Payment App

A new payment alternative for “Pay by Plate” parking is available with the MSU Parking SPOT ON app. The iOS and Android application (available as a web app for other mobile platforms) allows you to pay for a parking session fast and easy. For parking sessions initiated with the app, you can also extend your parking session if you need more time, without returning to the parking lot. Check out for additional information.