The process of printing in MCECS differs depending on whether you are a student or faculty/staff. This guide will explain how your MCECS printing accounts work and how to easily print to lab printers from any device.
Table of Contents
- Student Printing (in MCECS Student Computer Labs)
- Faculty/Staff Printing
- Printer Lists
- Fast and Easy Printing with Mobility Print
Student Printing (in MCECS Student Computer Labs)
Every student of the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science has two separate printing accounts: Stipend and Added Cash. They are for use in student computer labs that have printers, such as EB 325 and FAB 55-17. The List of MCECS Printers page provides details for all student printers in the Engineering and Fourth Avenue Buildings.
Stipend vs. Added Cash
At the start of each term or the first time you print with your MCECS account, you receive a quarterly $30.00 print quota called “Stipend“. This initial quota is subsidized by the Maseeh College of Engineering and Computer Science and resets back to $30 at the beginning of every term.
If you use up this initial Stipend throughout a given term, you will need to pay into your “Added Cash” quota to continue to print or wait until the next term begins. Though your Stipend balance resets every term, your Added Cash balance carries over.
Laser Printers (Black & White): $0.08 per side of a page
Color Printers: $0.50 per side of a page (no matter what colors are on the page, even just black and white)
Duplexing Black & White printers will automatically print on two sides, and printing two-sided costs $0.16 per page. When in doubt, check your print settings.
Your Print Quota is centralized for your convenience. The same quota is used for your Windows and Linux accounts.
The cost of your print job is automatically deducted from your Stipend balance. Once you use up your $30/quarter Stipend, you will need to have money put in your Added Cash in order to continue printing. As you keep on printing, money will be deducted from your paid balance.
NOTE: Added Cash will only ever be charged if your Stipend balance is 0$. If you do not have a positive total balance in either account, your job may print incompletely or not at all.
Managing Your Printing
You can check your Stipend and Added Cash balances by logging into Intranet with your MCECS username and password. Then click on the “Print Quota” link under the “General” menu.
Printing in student computer labs is charged using a system called Papercut, which you can log into to monitor your print jobs. Note that the balance shown in Papercut is your current Stipend and Added Cash balances combined. You can see which accounts were charged for print jobs by going to the “Transaction History” tab.
Increasing Your Added Cash Balance
If you have run out of your termly Stipend, you can increase your Added Cash balance by visiting:
and following the instructions. The credit is applied to your MCECS account immediately and charged to your PSU Billing Account within a week.
Student Researchers Printing in Computer Labs
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.
Faculty Printing in Computer Labs
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.
Faculty/staff typically have access to departmental printers. (ie: printers that have been purchased by their respective departments for the use of faculty, staff and occasionally grad students.)
Departmental printers are reserved for faculty/staff and there is no direct billing to faculty who use them. The costs for the printers (paper, toner and maintenance) are covered by the respective departments (ie: Print quotas do not apply).
When faculty use printers in student labs (where printing is billed), they are treated like student users (ie: Print quotas apply).
Fast and Easy Printing with Mobility Print
If you are a Tier 3 user (that is, you are using a self-managed system), the easiest way to print to all general lab printers and certain departmental printers is using Mobility Print, which allows you to quickly add numerous printers to whatever device you are using. You will then be able to remotely print to chosen printers from your device using your MCECS account as normal.
Find out how to start using Mobility Print by reading this guide:
The following printers can be added with Mobility Print: