Lab Printing Information
Important update for Fall 2012: The 2012-2013 academic year's free lab print allocation is available to use beginning August 13. Every year, students and other lab users will receive a lab print allocation to print in any Student Technology Center labs and selected departmental lab locations. The print allocation is good for the next twelve months (through mid-August 2013).
Full-time undergraduate students will receive a partial allocation of $50 on August 13. All undergraduate students who are still in full-time status will receive additional $25 on October 5th to bring the total allocation to $75 for the academic year.
Lab Printing - Frequently Asked Questions
What is the value of my annual print allocation?
Your annual print allocation depends on your registration status:
- Full-time undergraduate students - $75 in print allocation
- Part-time undergraduate students - $50 in print allocation
- Graduate students - $150 in print allocation
- Faculty and staff - $75 in print allocation
If you belong to more than one category, you will receive the annual allocation for the category with the highest number of pages.
The annual allocation is for one year only. The unused portion will not roll over into the next year's allocation.
How do I get my annual print allocation?
Your annual print allocation is automatically issued to you depending on when you register for classes. If you are a new incoming student for the Fall term, you can expect to receive your print allocation on or around August 1st—several weeks before the Fall term starts. If you are a new incoming student for the Winter or Spring terms, you can expect to receive your print allocation on or around January 2nd—on the first day that the Winter term starts. If you are a new incoming student AFTER May 1st (taking summer classes), you will be issued $10 of print allocation. If you are a new incoming student at any other time (such as after a term has already started), you can expect to receive your print allocation on the following day.
Where can I use my print allocation?
You may use your print allocation for black and white laser printers in any Student Technology Center on the main campus or South Campus. There are selected departmental labs where you may use your allocation.
Can I print in color or do any special printing with my print allocation?
Your free print allocation is only for basic letter-size black and white printing only. While there are color printers available to you in the bigger Student Technology Center labs, they currently cost $0.50 per page and your free print allocation cannot be used on them. You can pay for color printing by adding printing-only funds using the Personal Print Value Kiosk located in MMTH 145 (open 24 hours). For more details, see the section "What if I want to print more pages than my allocation?" below.
Does two-sided printing count as two pages?
Yes. Two sided printing is counted as two pages since the cost of toner is a much greater expense than the cost of paper in lab printing.
How can I check how much free printing I have remaining?
The lab print release station shows how many dollars are remaining on your allocation each time you print. You may also find your balance by logging in to the WKU Portal and viewing the Lab Printing module (on Student Academics tab or Employee tab).
What if I want to print more pages than my allocation?
You have two options to pay for additional printing: Use Big Red Dollars or Personal Print Value at a kiosk in the MMTH lab. The kiosk accepts only bills. Personal Print Value purchases may be used only for lab printing; purchases are non-refundable, non-transferrable, and do not expire until the associated ID card becomes invalid.
What are the policies for the use of the annual lab print allocation?
The annual lab print allocation are provided for academic course-related printing only.
What if I want to print for a campus organization or a WKU department?
Your organization or department may purchase WKU Print Cards from the WKU Store. These cards are available at the registers at a cost of $5.00 each with $5.00 of Personal Print Value. Departments or organizations with WKU budgets may purchase Personal Print Value in any amount from Academic Technology.
How can I reduce my lab printing?
We have compiled some tips for reducing lab printing.
Why has WKU decided to take this step to put limits on free lab printing?
WKU’s goal is to reduce wasteful and abusive use of lab printers. Lab printing is an sustainability and resource issue. Print allocations are given to allow academic-related printing while curbing inappropriate printing in excessive and abusive quantities.
- To find your balance of print allocation, log in to the WKU Portal and view the Lab Printing module (on Student Academics tab or Employee tab).
- Personal Print Value Request Form (WKU departmental budget required)
- Tips for reducing lab printing.