All students must read the following information,
then complete the form at the bottom of the page.
Students receiving financial aid from the College may not have a vehicle on campus unless the Director of Financial Aid grants an exception.
It is expected that a student who is receiving financial assistance from the College will not have the available means to operate and maintain a vehicle while living on campus. If a student or a student’s family diverts funds from the payment of tuition, room, and board toward the cost of operating, insuring, and maintaining a vehicle, this is tantamount to asking the benefactors of the College to support the student’s choice to have a car on campus.
There are exceptions to this rule, as when two or more students from the same family reduce their transportation expenses by driving to and from school rather than flying; but for the most part, the College expects that students who are requesting financial assistance will not have the available means to operate, maintain, and insure a vehicle. Financial aid recipients may request permission to have a vehicle on campus by completing the online request form.
If you are not receiving financial aid from the College and you plan to have a vehicle on campus, or if you are a financial aid recipient with the permission to have a vehicle on campus granted by the Director of Financial Aid, please be aware that:
- Massachusetts requires appropriate vehicle insurance.
- All drivers should carry insurance information in the vehicle.
- The College’s insurance policy does not cover students’ vehicles.
- Proof of insurance is necessary to register a car on campus.
Campus registration of any number of vehicles incurs no fee and is done as part of the College’s security measures. Cars should only be registered once, even if multiple students from the same family may be using them. Changes to your responses can be made by contacting the Assistant to the Associate Dean.
- All cars parked in campus lots must have campus parking permits.
- You will receive permit stickers for all registered vehicles once you arrive on campus.
In addition, Massachusetts Motor Vehicle Law requires out-of-state students bringing vehicles into the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to file a Nonresident Student Driver Statement with the local police department in the city in which their university is located:
“IT IS UNLAWFUL FOR A NONRESIDENT STUDENT TO FAIL TO FILE A NONRESIDENT DRIVER STATEMENT WITH THE POLICE DEPARTMENT LOCATED IN THE SAME CITY OR TOWN AS THE SCHOOL OR COLLEGE ATTENDED, IN ACCORDANCE WITH SECTION 3 OF CHAPTER 90 OF THE MASSACHUSETTS GENERAL LAWS. FAILURE TO FILE SUCH STATEMENT IS PUNISHABLE BY A FINE NOT TO EXCEED $200.”
- All students at the New England campus who will be operating a vehicle not registered in Massachusetts must complete the Nonresident Student Driver Statement and send the signed form to the Registrar via mail or email. The College will send the form to the Northfield Police Department and issue the student a “Non-Resident” decal for their vehicle. This decal should be affixed to the top center of the vehicle’s windshield.