Beginning with the start of the fall 2008 semester, the Mont Alto campus implemented a print billing system designed to curtail the abuse of public student printers. Each student will receive a maximum of 250 free pages and will have the ability to purchase additional pages online via their LionCash+ account.
All pages are billed per sheet of paper, duplexing has no effect on the per page cost to the student. The following page costs are in effect for the current academic year...
Charge per Page
Counts as # of B&W Pages
Black & White Laser Printers
8 ½" x 11"
Color Laser Printers
8 ½" x 11"
By default, all Mont Alto computer lab printers are set to duplex printing, meaning the printer will automatically print on both sides of the paper. If you need to disable duplex printing, see the How-To guide named "How to Temporarily Disable Duplex Printing in Microsoft Word 2007" located here. This guide is designed for Microsoft Word 2007, but can be applied to other Windows applications.
Printing used to be free, why are you implementing print billing?
Why should I pay for additional pages, I already pay an information technology fee?
Why do I only get 250 free pages?
Your system only shows I have 110 free pages, what gives?
I'm a faculty/staff member, am I subject to print billing?
How long can I keep free pages or if I don't use them can I obtain a refund for unused free pages?
How long can I keep pages that I've purchaed and how can I obtain a refund for unused purchased pages?
Why does the printer show as paused? Shouldn't it show as ready?
For many years, printing was free for students, subsidized by the information technology fee. With the introduction of e-books and online materials, we have seen a surge in the monthly print volumes and cost. Monthly statistics and trending show that the top 1% of users account for as much as 20% of printing and related costs per month, costs that are burdened by all students. Records show that some users consistently printed over 1,000 pages per month. In some cases, it was discovered that large documents were being printed and never retrieved from the printer. Top
The information technology fee pays for nearly all academic technology used by students. Technology such as new computers in computer labs and audio/visual equipment would not be possible without the information technology fee as student tuition is not used for technology purchases. Printers, paper, and toner are also purchased from the information technology fee. The more resources that are spent on printing and related costs, reduces what can be used elsewhere to maintain the high level of technology our students are accustomed to. Print billing is designed to reduce the disproportionate number of pages that are being consumed by a small number of students. Top
Mont Alto's Student Government Association (SGA) was presented with the question of how many free pages to allocate on a per semester basis. The number of free pages chosen was 250. Prior to the introduction of print billing, statistics showed that over 80% of students printed 250 pages or less per semester. Top
The print billing system is maintained centrally by University Park. University Park students are allocated 110 free pages per semester. By default, all students start with this number. Two weeks into the semester, an additional 140 pages will be added to your printing allotment. Late registrations, transfers, and other special situations can sometimes cause a student to be missed when the extra 140 pages are added. If you believe your current page count to be incorrect, please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org so the problem can be corrected. Top
Yes, faculty and staff are also subject to print billing, but only in the computer labs. Faculty and staff are allocated 110 free pages per semester in the computer labs but are asked to only use computer lab printers for demonstration purposes as central printers and copiers are made available for everyday use. Once the 110 page limit is reached, faculty and staff will have to purchase additional pages in order to resume printing. Top
Free pages are allocated on a per semester basis. Any remaining free pages at the end of an academic semester are forfeited. No refunds will be given for unused free pages. Top
Pages which are purchased using the User Printing Management website are perpetual and will carry forward for as long as you remain a Penn State student, even if you transfer to a different campus. Once per semester, you may request a refund via the User Printing Management website for unused pages which you've purchased. For example, you can conceivably purchase 10,000 pages as a freshman and request a refund for 10,000 pages upon your graduation provided you have never exceeded your free page limit each semester. Top
All printers subject to print billing show as paused, this is a function of the accounting software used to track page usage. This is the normal state of the printer. Top
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