Student printing allotments will be recharged with $7.50 about 1 week prior to the start of the semester. In addition, any monies students personally added by credit/debit or pre-paid cards will roll over.
Students can see their account information by logging into their print account using the "Details" link on the Print Smart popup on all campus computers.
Use your student username and password (the part before the @ sign in your Madison College email address)
Each student will receive 150 total free B&W prints per semester as a courtesy of the College.
NOTE: Your semester's starting balance will display as $7.50, or the equivalent of your free print allotment. Your free print allotment is not redeemable for cash. Students' free allotments will be added the week prior to the first day of each semester.
Black & White: All standard size paper - $.05 per side
Color (where available): All standard size paper - $.50 per side
NOTE: Pricing is under review and subject to change
When you confirm a print job by clicking Print in the pop-up window, the cost will be deducted from your printing balance.
Each time you log onto a campus computer with your Madison College student network account, a Print Smart pop-up will appear displaying how much money you have remaining. As a student you also have access to an online printing account which provides you with more detail about money on your account and your print usage. Click on the Details... link to access your print account from on-campus.
If you close your balance window it can be re-opened by opening up the "hidden icons" in the bottom toolbar and clicking on the PaperCut icon.
There are two ways to add money to your print account:
1. Add money with a credit/debit card or by ACH (checking/ savings account) via the online print account. Access your online print account by clicking on the Details... link in the Print Smart balance pop-up window. Go to our How to add Money to your Print Smart Account help document for more detail.
2. Add money by buying a prepaid print card, which you will be able to purchase at various campus locations, and entering its number online via the PaperCut web interface.
Purchase locations include (subject to change):
If you do not wish to use a credit/debit card or ACH (checking/savings account) to add money to your printing account, you can purchase a prepaid print card with cash. These are cards with unique redeemable codes valuing in denominations of $1 or $5. Treat these cards like cash. You will then need to log into your printing account to add money with this code using the web pay gateway. Each code can only be redeemed once.
Purchase locations include (subject to change):
Yes. As soon as you are in the student directory you will be able to print. However, you will need to validate your printing credentials the first time to be added to the printing system right away.
Students may print up to 30 pages per job. This is a safeguard to prevent you from printing a larger document accidentally or overloading the printing queue, slowing down printing for others.
If you do not have enough printing balance for a job you will see a Printing Denied message, and your document will not be printed. You will then need to add money to your print account using the web pay gateway.
While double-sided printing saves paper, a lot of the College printers cannot handle this feature at high volumes. Double-sided printing often causes the printers to jam repeatedly which wastes more paper (and potentially your print allotment) in the long run. In some cases, double-sided printing can also cause printers to error out and stop printing your document altogether. Which will require you to print yet again.
You should also note that double-sided printing does not save you money. All standard Black and White prints cost $.05 per side and all standard Color prints (where available) cost $.50 per side.
Check out our Print Smart: Printing Tips page for ideas on how to reduce your printing. You can also log onto your online printing account and see more statistics about your printing history and environmental impact.
Madison College no longer provides free printing for non-affiliated (guest) users. However, you may register to create your own print account (PaperCut account) in order to add money and print in areas of the college that permit computer access for non-students. Find out how to do so on our Guest Users Information page.
After registering your PaperCut account, you will be able to add money via a credit/debit card, ACH (checking/ savings account) or a prepaid print card, which will be available for purchase at many Madison College campuses. You will be able to add a minimum of $1 or a maximum of $5 to your print account, and you do not need to use your balance up all at once. Any money added to your print account is non-refundable.
Reducing the amount of paper is part of the College’s ongoing efforts to have a more environmentally friendly and greener campus. Also, as a not-for-profit, taxpayer supported institution, the College is committed to recovering costs wherever possible.
Madison College students are Real World Smart and that includes being good stewards of the Earth. That is why we introduced Print Smart in 2013, a series of efforts to encourage smart and responsible printing by students throughout the District.
In 2019, students printed 802,514 sheets.
That is the equivalent of:
Some other college labs may have scanners also
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