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$10 limited free B/W, color printing in labs, InfoCommons, MDC

On Aug. 20, limited free printing in the university computing labs and K-State InfoCommons was reset to $10 for the fall semester. This service is available to all students with an active K-State eID, and is available via printers in those facilities as well as the Media Development Center (Hale 213).

Double-sided (duplex) black-and-white printing is the default in the labs and InfoCommons. Duplex printing costs 18 cents, and single pages are 10 cents.

This summer, all computers in the InfoCommons were updated to provide access to color printing, through the color printer in the Media Development Center. Color prints cost 75 cents per page for 8.5″ X 11″ or 11″ X 17″ sheets.

Limited free printing balances do not carry over between semesters. They are reset at the beginning of each spring ($10 allotment), summer ($5), and fall ($10) semester. Beyond those amounts, K-Staters can put funds on their Wildcat Card for pay-for-printing. On Oct. 5, the labs and InfoCommons will be moved away from the Debitek system to the Cat Cash system for pay-for-printing. The K-State Student Union’s website has more information on Cat Cash.

Students commonly ask if they can bring their personal PC or Mac to campus and use the free printing service. The answer is “No” — but there are other ways to use the free printing for documents created at home:

  • E-mail documents to your @k-state.edu account
  • Copy documents to a USB flash drive or DVD

Then simply sign in at a computer in the InfoCommons, university computing labs, or Media Development Center to retrieve your document and print it.

About Betsy Edwards

• Web/information specialist in Information Technology Services • Editor/writer, K-State IT communications • IT News blog moderator • ETDR specialist