Washburn provides limited free student printing in several locations. In order to control the cost of printing, and sustain a reasonable free service for students, the campus sets a quota for students in the form of a free printing credit each semester.
Other labs and printers may be added in the future.
Each student is given $17.50 in free printing credit, which will cover 350 single-sided black & white pages, or 218 sheets (436 pages) for duplex jobs.
Each semester, every student is given $17.50 in free printing credit. That’s approximately 350–435 pages, depending on how much printing is duplex (double-sided). You may keep printing after your credit is used up, but you will be charged for the overage at the end of the semester.
At the beginning of each semester, the credit is reset to $17.50. Credit does not carry over to the next semester, nor is there any refund of unused credit.
Yes. You’ll be billed for overages at the end of the semester.
If you tally $250.00 or more over quota (approximately 5,000 pages), the print system not allow you to print. If this happens, please come to Bennett 104.
Yes, on some printers. See the location list above for printers that are available from personal devices. See also the instructions for setting up your PC or Mac. Residential Living and Mabee Library staff can also help you set up your computer to print to those printers.
We support printing from tablets running Windows 7 or later, and you can use the instructions above to set it up. There's currently no way to print from iOS, Android, or Windows Phone devices. We're working on that.
If a job comes out wrong, you may ask for a refund for that job. Call 670–3000 or go to Bennett 104. At Mabee Library, you can also go to the Circulation desk. Please don't ask for refunds over e-mail. Please provide:
It will be helpful if you bring the results of the print job so we can see what went wrong and fix the printer if necessary.
No. We’ll give refunds if something goes wrong with the printer or printing system itself. Printing the right document is your responsibility.
No. Credit will be reset to $17.50 at the beginning of each semester.
If you don’t wish to be charged for class printing, check with the department to see if there’s another printer you can use.
Departments usually let student workers print on the department’s printers for work. Those printers won’t charge. Only the printers listed above will charge against your quota.
For several years, Washburn provided unlimited free printing in some labs. This service was very expensive, and sometimes people abused it. We believe strongly that free printing is important and useful, but we need to limit the amount of free printing in order to continue providing the service.
We selected this printing allocation based on printing statistics gathered over a full academic year. For most students, it should support their academic printing needs while discouraging wasteful and recreational printing that increases the cost of this “free” service. We continue to monitor printing usage across campus and will use this data to shape future policy.
We hope you understand the need to limit the amount of free printing to ensure we can manage its cost and continue to provide a free service for all students.
This policy was developed by collaboration among ITS, WSGA, Mabee Library, the Vice President for Academic Affairs, and the Vice President for Administration & Treasurer. It was approved by the Washburn Technology Steering Committee.
All revenue gained from students exceeding their printing limit is allocated back to individual labs and student workspaces to help sustain the campus printing services.