The Commuter Services Program gives Madison College students the opportunity to utilize college parking lots (where available) and to utilize Metro Transit Bus and Para-Transit via the student bus pass and OneCard, and to utilize the Campus-to-Campus Shuttle Service via the OneCard. Similar programs are in place at colleges across the country, where all students pay to support various commuter services. Madison College students, who are enrolled in at least one degree-credit class, meeting at a Madison-based campus (excluding 100% online) are eligible to receive a parking permit, a bus pass and to utilize campus-to-campus shuttle services and para-transit services, if eligible.
Non-degree students may receive services by paying a $75 fee per semester or summer session, which provides access to student activities, programs and services, such as the Fitness Centers, the Health Center and the Bus, Para-Transit and Shuttle Program.
A bus pass allows the student to ride all Metro Transit buses anywhere, anytime, with the exception of Metro Transit Special Event Buses. Para-Transit services are also available to eligible students through the Bus Pass Program. Passes are activated and deactivated based on enrollment.
A degree student is defined as anyone who is enrolled in a credit-bearing course, and the credits from that course are applicable to a degree program. There are students who take degree-credit courses, but are undeclared and/or have no intention of completing a degree. If a person enrolls in a credit-bearing course, and the credits from that course are applicable to a degree program, he or she is designated as a degree-credit student. The easiest way to identify a degree-credit course is by the sixth digit of the course number. If the sixth digit is a "1, 2, 3 or 5, the course is a degree-credit course. Students, at Madison-based campuses, taking these courses are charged supplemental fees, which includes the Commuter Services Supplemental Fee. Persons taking online courses are charged supplemental fees, if the course is a degree-credit course, but do not incur the Commuter Services Supplemental Fee. Persons who take classes under the Senior Audit Provision are charged supplemental fees, when they audit courses that are degree-credit classes. Persons who in the Youth Apprenticeship Program and the Youth Options Program are charged supplemental fees, when they take degree-credit classes.
A non-degree student is defined as anyone who is enrolled in a course which is not part of any degree program at Madison College. The course however, may be a pre-requisite for a degree. The easiest way to identify a non-degree course is by the sixth digit of the course number. If the sixth digit is a 4 or 6, the course is a non-degree course. Students taking these courses are not charged supplemental fees, which includes the Commuter Services Supplemental Fee.