Missouri State To Offer Community Service Program To Pay Off Fines

Students at Missouri State University will soon be able to work off campus parking tickets with community service. The Bear With Me program will start in January and forgive up to $3,000 in fines during the spring semester. The pilot program isn’t open to chronic offenders, and each student can work off only one ticket per academic year. Students must apply for the waiver and complete two hours of community service within 15 days from the date the ticket was issued. Volunteer service options include cleaning up vacant lots, completing neighborhood projects or tending a community garden. Officials say 50 to 100 tickets are issued on a typical day. The Student Government Association championed the program.