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ECS Printing Policy

Engineering Computer Services (ECS) maintains a print quota system on its printers. Graduate and Undergraduate students are allowed a print quota of $7.50 each semester, which corresponds to 75 pages in black and white pages. Page balances do not carry over to the following semester, therefore the print quota will reset at the start of Fall and Spring semesters, as well as the start of summer break.

The print quota applies to staff and faculty accounts as well. However, staff and faculty do not receive an initial quota but may purchase pages through ECS.

The printing rates are based on a charge of $0.10 per page for black and white printing and $0.50 per page for color printing. Increases to a user's print quota may be purchased through the ECS main office at the cost of $5.00 per 50 additional black and white pages.

ECS also offers poster printing at the rate of $4.00 per square foot for coated paper and $8.00 per square foot for Glossy paper. Please contact ECS main office if you would like to have a poster printed. 24 hour notice is required for all poster print jobs.

The print server checks the status of a user's quota at the start of a print job. If the quota is exhausted, no further jobs will print. If a job will use up the remaining quota, the job will print even if it goes beyond the allotment. This deficit will be subtracted when more pages are added to the quota allotment. This means that, if a user only has five pages left on his or her quota but prints 10 pages, the job will still print. However, when this user purchases an increase to his or her page limit, a deficit of five pages would already exist, leaving the user with 95 available pages.

The ECS printers listed below can be used at their respective locations:

Location Printer
Marcus 104A HPDJ T520 (ECS Poster printing)
Marston 12 B&W HPLJ P4014n (CEE Lab)
Marston 23 B&W HPLJ P3015 (CEE Lab)
Marston 23 Color HPCLJ CP4025 (CEE Lab)
Marston 133 B&W HPLJ 600 (ECS Lab)
ELab 307 B&W HPLJ 600 (ECS Lab)
Goessmann 67A HPLJ 600 (ChE/ECS Lab)
Goessmann 155 HPLJ 600 (CHE Lab)

For more information about computer labs and schedules, go to Computer Labs.