17 Replies Latest reply on Mar 11, 2016 7:28 PM by Richard Post

    How much do you charge per print? Do you offer free prints?

    Newbie

      Currently we offer full time students $25 of free prints and part-time students $5 per 3 credit class. We are revisiting our "free prints" policy and I was wondering what other schools are doing.

       

      My questions to you are:

      1. How much do you charge per print?
      2. Do you offer your students free prints? If so how many (either in copies or $$)

       

      Thanks!

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      Debbie Whalley

      Academic Support Manager

      Computing & Network Services

      Fairfield University

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          Edmund Greene Wayfarer

          At Boston College we charge students $0.03 per sheet of paper.  That is one page on one piece of paper is $0.03 and two pages on one piece of paper is also $0.03.

           

          We give students 50 free pages per semester.  Each semester the total is reset to 50 pages.  Anything over that they get the $0.03 charged.  All students are created equal (undergrad, grad, etc).

           

          Faculty/Staff are totally free.

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            Mark Oliver Adventurer

            At the University of Rhode Island, we charge 10 cents a page for black & white printing/copying, and 25 cents a page for color printing. We do not currently give any free pages.

             

            Mark Oliver
            Manager of IT Support
            University of Rhode Island / Providence Campus
            Phone: 401-277-5258
            Email: opus@uri.edu

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              Dean Hayes Wayfarer

              A few years ago, all the lab managers on campus got together and decided on what seemed to be a fair charge for printing. We charge 5 Cents for single-side monochrome, 8 cents for double-side monochrome, 30 cents for single-side color and 45 cents for double-side color. We tried free printing for a short time but found way too much waste of paper. If students have to pay, they are a little more responsible in not 'over-printing' or leaving their print outs behind. Charges happen when they swipe their student ID which has been charged with money. The charge goes through CBORD and is immediately subtracted from the amount on the card as the process occurs. Giving 50 free prints sounds nice, but some students would do that in a day or two. Seems like a lot of 'bookwork.' Also, our faculty and staff pay the same rates, IF they use the Pharos system to print. Most of them have department printers or some personal printers, so their overall usage is very low.

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                Gregory Bloomfield Newbie

                At Kent State University / Stark Campus (Ohio)  we charge .05 per page single sided, .04 double sided per page B&W and .15 per page color. We're also offering copying .10 per page and scan to email for free on the iMFPs. We offer no free printing.

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                  Jim Denk Wayfarer

                  We currently offer multiple tiers of balance for our students ($0-$50 depending on program) with balances carrying over semesterly. $.07 sheet BW simplex. $.05 page ($.10 sheet) BW duplex. $.28 sheet color simplex. We don't recommend color duplex for our weight of paper.

                   

                  If I had my druthers we would provide free print balance only in a small amount and only to new accounts. Free printing leads to questions of where that money comes from and if they can get it back. It encourages students in some cases to "print more" so they can use up this "money" they were charged. Even worse still is people giving away their credentials or cards so other people can use their print credit.

                   

                  Jim

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                    Scott Copus Adventurer

                    At Western Kentucky University, we charge 5 cents per page for B/W and 50 centers per page for color.  Depending on the student's classification, they get either $75 or $150 of a YEARLY "free print allocation" that is applicable to B/W printing only.  My superiors came up with these numbers after watching statistics for over a year and I think these allocations covered something around 85% of the user population... i.e. the rest would have to either curb or pay for for printing--although a few of those percent were big printing abusers anyway.  We typically set our printer drivers to duplexed by default--but users can change this at their option.  We don't offer a discount for duplexing (saving paper) since toner is more expensive than paper.  You can read more at http://www.wku.edu/labprinting.

                     

                    Update: Other departments can opt-in to join our Uniprint system too.  IT covers the cost of the first printer device license fee per department, and if they want additional printers they must pay their part of the device license cost + yearly maintenance fees.  Departments have the option to have their printers join the same "free print allocation" as our main public labs--or to charge students their own pricing structure from the start.  In the latter case, students can pay for prints with their campus ID card accounts (CBORD) or add cash to a print kiosk (ties only to our Uniprint system) we have in our main 24-hour computer lab.

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                      Eric Pergola Wayfarer

                      At the Universtiy of South Florida we are charging $.11 per black and white and $.22 for color prints and copies.  We are also giving every student registered for the current term $2.50 in free printing daily.

                       

                      When a studetns swipes there ID card at the release station we look at ther registration status.  once confirmed to be a current student we populate the internal Pharos account with $2.50.  at the end of the day anyone with a balance in this account has it reduced to $0.00.  if a student uses up their free prints in a day they are allowed to continue to print through the system and we then begin declining form there CBORD account..  The CBORD account can be used to purchase food or other items througout campus. the internal pharos accoutn can only be used on prining or copying.

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                        Paul LaFollette Guide

                        At Brigham Young University - Idaho (BYU-Idaho), we charge the students 4 cents per page for B/W and 25 cents per page for Color.  At locations where we stock the machines with a higher grade of paper (higher grade than 20lb white 'copier' paper) we double the charge.  No "free prints" except for a couples days just before classes officially start (the "during new student orientation" days) when we allow free B/W prints for the students.

                         

                        For our employees (Faculty, Staff, etc.) we charge 2 cents per page for B/W and 10 cents per page for Color (both average out very, very near 'at cost').

                         

                        We also charge for making copies (on the multi-function units) at the same rates.

                         

                        The combined funds from "Student" and "Employee" printing has kept our printer/copier support and supplies evenly paid for on the average.  Typically always "in the black" with occasional "in the red" but that is made up for with the excess/surplus of the previous one/two years of being "in the black" ... and even then only just.

                         

                        Keeps us evenly in the "not for profit" while keeping the bills paid.

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                          Scott Perkins Wayfarer

                          At Georgia Institute of Technology, we provide a $2.20 free allocation refreshed weekly.  Print costs are 4 cents for black and white and 19 cents for color.  We also provide a remote printing service we call central-ps where the student can print unlimited for free.  This is funded by the technology fee currently but for obvious reasons we will be applying a quota per semester along with a minimum and maximum page count per job in the fall of 2013.

                           

                          Scott

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                            David Bullaro Newbie

                            At Cal Poly State University we charge 10 cents per black printed page and 20 cents per color printed page.  Anyone duplex printing could potentially pay 40 cents for for a double-sided color printed sheet of paper.  The system is set up to use letter (8 1/2 x 11) paper only.  We do not offer free printing.

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                              Newbie

                              Hello all,

                               

                              At USC Upstate we also provide $25.00 in printing credit. ($0.05 per Black and White letter non-duplex, $0.07 per color letter non-duplex, and $0.025 per Black & White Letter duplexed).  Once the student'ss credit runs out our system automatically attempts to withdraw per print from their account.  Our print credit is funded thru tech fees.

                               

                              Roy Smith

                              Network Admin

                              USC UPSTATE

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                                Newbie

                                We charge $0.10/page and give all students faculty and staff $25 for printing.   A couple of interesting points however -

                                 

                                We have several public labs supported by the various departments - and they want to be reimbursed to cover their expenses.   But, of course, there's nothing to reimburse them from until folks start using real money.  Some have wanted to not take our printing account, but so far we haven't gotten approval from on high to make exceptions.  (Which, of course, will push students to other locations.)

                                 

                                Also - we recently put in MFD's in the library for printing and are using the same printing account for copy and print.   Means they'll eat up their printing account faster, but does give them free copying....

                                 

                                Good luck

                                John

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                                  Rex Bauer Newbie

                                  For standard monochrome prints we charge $0.05 simplex and $0.06 for duplex. For standard color prints we charge $0.25 simplex and $0.40 for duplex. Based on the printer and paper size, we adjust the prices accordingly.

                                   

                                  We give any registered student $2.50 every semester.

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                                    Sandi Reardon Newbie

                                    Greetings:

                                     

                                    Students at Old Dominion University receive a quota of $1.25 which is added at the beginning of each semester. Any sheets purchased by students will be carried over to the next semester. A sheet printed in black and white costs $0.05 and a sheet in color costs $0.50.

                                     

                                    Sandi Reardon

                                    Old Dominion University

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                                      Cristine Dixon Wayfarer

                                      At UNC Wilmington we give students $8.00 in free print money for a full semester and $4.00 for the shorter summer sessions.  We charge $0.08 per print for black & white and $0.40 for color prints.  Unused free print money does not transfer to a new semester.

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                                        Eloy Shepard Newbie

                                        Here at Amherst College we charge 5cents single sided and 6 cents double sided black and white printing.  Color is 35cents each side. A few locations we have free printing and others it costs 10cents.  Students and faculty printing through uniprint are charged the same.  We also have a large format printer(for posters) that we charge by the inch $2 + .0015cents an inch. Thank  you for posting this questions.  We are in the process of thinking about another cost structure for public printing.