Printer Frequently Asked Questions
- How did MSU arrive at a $40 per semster print allowance?
- What does it cost to print at MSU?
- How does MSU’s print allowance compare to other colleges and universities?
- My degree program requires me to print a lot. Is it possible to get more than $40 worth of free printing?
- How often are print allowances reset?
- I didn't use all of my printing allowance. Can I get a cash refund?
- Can I carry over a balance from year-to-year?
- How can I check my printing allowance balance?
- How do I add money to my PaperCut account?
- Where can I print?
- Can I print from my laptop?
- What happens if my print job fails?
- I’m not affiliated with MSU. Can I print?
- Where do I go for help?
Based on data gathered and surveying of other institutions, the $40 print allowance will satisfy 90% of the campus community’s printing. That is, less than 10% of students print more than 800 pages during the semester.
Above the $40 of free printing, students pay .05 cents per single-sided page and .07 cents per double-sided page for black and white printing on 8½ x11 paper at public site printers.
Through our research, we learned that MSU has one of the more generous printing allowances and one of the lowest price-per-print after the allowance has been satisfied. Nearly all colleges and universities charge for printing, and many of those do not offer allowances.
My degree program requires me to print a lot. Is it possible to get more than $40 worth of free printing?
After the annual print allowance is exhausted, any additional print costs will be your responsibility. You also have the option of printing to a personal printer.
On the start day of each, all MSU students will receive a $40 print allowance.
No. If you don't use your print allowance each year, you've done your part to contribute to MSU's commitment to sustainability and to help save trees and money.
No. There is no trading, combining, or year-to-year carryovers. Credits will only be considered if it’s determined that your print job failed. Printing allowances are reset each August.
If you are using a public site computer, your current account balance will appear directly on the PaperCut gadget on the desktop screen. Alternately, you can check your balance as well as your print job history by logging into your PaperCut account through http://oit.MSU.edu/print. In addition, you will also receive an email notification when your print allowance has dropped to $5.00 in order to make you aware of a low balance.
As long as you have money on your Red Hawk Dollars account, you will be able to print and it will be deducted "on-demand". To add money to your account, please go to the Red Hawk Dollars page.
You can print to an available printer in any MSU Public Site either from a site computer or from any laptop authenticated to MSU’s network.
Yes. You can upload documents to WebPrint and release them to the specified "release station".
If your print job fails, no deduction from your print allowance should occur. If it does, or if you think there is a discrepancy with your allowance, please email email@example.com immediately. A staff member will determine if your account can be credited.
Due to the fact that users must be authenticated to the PaperCut server with a valid MSU NetID, non-affiliated guests will not be able to print at the public sites.
If you are having trouble printing, please see a staff member at the MSU Help Desk or call 973-655-7971 option 1 for assistance.