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Printing on Campus Grows with PaperCut

This news item expired October 1, 2011. It may contain out-of-date information.

Printing assignments on campus has become easier and more accessible in the last two years with the adoption of PaperCut. Student technology fees provided through the Computation Advisory Committee (CAC) are available to cover the first $5.00 of each student's on-campus printing needs. However, to access these funds, students had to locate one of a limited number of printers equipped with NetPrint, ISU's locally developed printing management system.

In August 2009, ITS adopted PaperCut to manage the printers at ISU. PaperCut allows students to access their printing allowance from many more locations than NetPrint. Students can now use their printing credits from virtually any computer they can log into on campus, as most are now using PaperCut to manage printing.

Additional benefits that come with the use of PaperCut include a communication channel between printers and the printing administrators, making management of the printers more streamlined, resulting in quicker resolution of problems. PaperCut has a built-in rebate feature, which refunds the cost of the printing job if it is canceled or fails to print.

During the fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2011, over 27,000 unique users printed over 10 million charged pages with PaperCut, generating $364,307 in printing fees. Of this amount, 41% was covered by the special CAC funds, 27% was covered by the additional credits provided by some academic units, and the remaining 32% was paid for through U-Bills to student accounts. Figures from PaperCut are expected to continue to grow as the system is in use at ISU. On the first day of classes for the Fall 2011 semester, 4,600 unique users printed 97,000 pages using PaperCut.

For more information, view the Printing for Students (PaperCut) service page.