EDUCATION

College in NYC suburbs raises $80,000 a year with valet parking, shuttle to nearby airport

  • A shuttle bus leaves Purchase College in Purchase, N.Y., for the Westchester County Airport on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. The college has earned hundreds of thousands of dollars by offering valet parking and a shuttle ride to the nearby airport. (AP Photo/Jim Fitzgerald)

    A shuttle bus leaves Purchase College in Purchase, N.Y., for the Westchester County Airport on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. The college has earned hundreds of thousands of dollars by offering valet parking and a shuttle ride to the nearby airport. (AP Photo/Jim Fitzgerald)  (The Associated Press)

  • Car keys await their owners' return at the "Purchase Park 2 Fly" booth at Purchase College in Purchase, N.Y. , on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. The college has earned hundreds of thousands of dollars by offering valet parking and a shuttle ride to the nearby Westchester County Airport. (AP Photo/Jim Fitzgerald)

    Car keys await their owners' return at the "Purchase Park 2 Fly" booth at Purchase College in Purchase, N.Y. , on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014. The college has earned hundreds of thousands of dollars by offering valet parking and a shuttle ride to the nearby Westchester County Airport. (AP Photo/Jim Fitzgerald)  (The Associated Press)

  • Thomas White of Larchmont, N.Y., arrives at the Westchester County Airport in Harrison, N.Y., on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, after taking a shuttle bus from Purchase College in Purchase, N.Y. The college has earned hundreds of thousands of dollars by offering valet parking and a shuttle ride to the nearby airport. (AP Photo/Jim Fitzgerald)

    Thomas White of Larchmont, N.Y., arrives at the Westchester County Airport in Harrison, N.Y., on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 2014, after taking a shuttle bus from Purchase College in Purchase, N.Y. The college has earned hundreds of thousands of dollars by offering valet parking and a shuttle ride to the nearby airport. (AP Photo/Jim Fitzgerald)  (The Associated Press)

A state college in the New York City suburbs has earned hundreds of thousands of dollars for scholarships and other programs by offering parking spaces and bus rides to a nearby airport.

The Purchase College program serves travelers headed to the Westchester County Airport, where finding a parking spot can be a pricey problem.

The college charges $10 a day; 24 hours at the airport is $28.80.

Mostly by word of mouth, business has climbed to 12,600 cars so far this year.

A college official says the service clears about $80,000 each year for the college, which is part of the State University of New York. The money goes to "student scholarships, capital improvements and institutional grants," according to signs on the shuttle buses, which are painted with airplanes and mortarboards.