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Thursday, 08 September 2005

PaperCut is our printing account system. At the start of each term or the first time you print with your Maseeh College account you receive a quarterly $10.00 print quota allotment. This initial quota is subsidized by the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science. If you use up this initial quota, you will need to pay to continue to print. What is left of your $10 does not carry over to the next quarter. Every user is reset to $10 at the beginning of the quarter. Any money you pay in to your "paid balance" will carry over.

You can check your personal Print Quota by logging into with your Maseeh College unix or windows username and password. Then click on the "Print Quota" link in the "Printing" menu.

We also have a short FAQ section on printers

TheCAT will only perform fee-based accounting on Lab Printers. The charging scheme is:

Laser Printers (Black & White): $0.02 per page face
Color Printers: $0.25 /page face (no matter what colors are on the page)

Duplexing Black & White printers will automatically print on two sides, and printing two-sided costs $0.02 per side.  When in doubt, check your print settings. 

Link to the List of all printers

Your Print Quota is centralized for your convenience. The same quota is used for windows, unix, and linux accounts.

The cost of your print job is automatically deducted from your Print Quota balance. Once you use up your $10/quarter "free" balance, you will need to have money put in your "paid" balance in order to continue printing. As you keep on printing, money will be deducted from your paid balance. Obtaining additional print credits (ie: adding to your paid quota) is described below.

NOTE: If you do not have a positive total balance, your job may print incompletely or not at all.

Buying more printing credits:

If you have run out of your termly allotment, printing credits (known as the Additional Print Quota) can be purchased by visiting:

and logging in using your MCECS login/password, choosing the "Printquota" tab and following the instructions.  The credit is applied to your MCECS account immediately and changed to your PSU Billing Account within a week.

Make sure that you keep an eye on your printer quota balance so that you don't go over quota at an inopportune time.

Checking your Print Quota Balance:


Printing for students doing research work:

If you are a grad student working on a research project and need to print to centrally maintained lab printers, you will need to get the research grant or department to pay for your print quota increases. Departments can JV the funds to the CAT on your behalf and notify the CAT to credit your account. Contact your department office for details on how this is done and whether the department is willing to do it.

Printing for Faculty who want to use Computer Lab Printers:

Faculty/staff who wish to go beyond their termly quota on the Computer Lab Printers will need to have their department transfer the appropriate funds to the CAT and have their printer quota updated.

Links To More Specific Information On Printing:

Linux Laptop Printing using Samba



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