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Frequently asked questions about Printless

What is the student print allocation?

The student print allocation is 300 single-sided sheets per semester (fall and spring). This is 20% more than the average student prints per semester.

The initial allocation of 300 sheets represents $30 "print dollars," which cannot be refunded or re-allocated to other UMass Pass accounts.

  • 300 single-sided sheets per semester (fall & spring)
  • Fall allocations roll over to the spring semester
  • All allocations are cleared each spring & begin again in the fall
  • 150 single-print sheets per intersession or summer session

Maximize your print allocation by choosing "duplex" when feasible. More printing tips

How do I keep track of my allocation?

Each student will use his or her UMass Pass to manage print allocations and will be able to load additional funds to the UMass Pass for printing needs beyond the allocations. Funds for printing will always come out of your print allocation first.

The print release stations indicate your total UMass Pass funds: the balance shown is a combination of your UMass Pass general fund plus your print allocation for the semester or session. To check your specific print allocation balance, visit UMass Pass online.

Remember: Fall allocations roll over to the spring semester. All allocations are cleared each spring and begin again in the fall. There is an allocation of 150 single-sided sheets for intersession or summer session.

Where are the print release stations?

  • Learning Commons & Scholarly Commons in the Library
  • CITS lab/classroom LARTS 216
  • Partner labs/classrooms TEX 001 and LARTS 202 & 203

How do I print from a print release station?

  1. Send your print job to the print queue.
  2. At the release station, swipe your UMass Pass. (Formerly, you logged in.)
  3. View the cost of the print job(s) and your print dollars available.
  4. Release the print job(s). The cost is deducted, and your job will be printed.

Can I print from my laptop or room?

Yes. First, you will need to install the CITS universal print driver on your computer.

The laptop printing option works from any computer on campus with a valid UMass Dartmouth network connection or with VPN access.

Send your print job to the queue. Then, stop by any of the print release stations within two hours of sending the print job to release the print job from the print queue.

Note: The Learning Commons offers a coin-operated print-release station, if you prefer not to use your UMass Pass.

How do I add more print funds on my UMass Pass?

If you need additional printing capacity beyond the allocation, you can deposit additional print funds to your UMass Pass at:

  • UMass Pass online: you can add additional funds in increments of $25
  • UMass Pass office: you can add additional funds with a minimum of $1 in cash or $25 via credit card

During the academic year, the UMass Pass office is typically open Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm.

If you need to add more funds for printing, they will be loaded to the UMDollars account (and can be re-allocated for purposes other than printing).

You'll be able to check for a "low funds" warning (and/or set up an email notification) at UMass Pass online.

What happens if I forget my UMass Pass?

There's also a coin-operated option at print release stations in the Learning Commons.

What are the printing costs?

  • Black & white single: 10¢
  • Black & white duplex: 15¢

Maximize your print allocation by choosing "duplex" when feasible. More printing tips

What happens if the printer malfunctions while I'm using it?

Printers malfunction from time to time. If the printer you are using malfunctions, please contact the Learning Commons assistant on duty for immediate assistance.

What happens if I make a mistake?

Mistakes happen occasionally. Please contact the Learning Commons assistant on duty for immediate assistance.

Why print allocations? Why charge for printing?

Printing papers and other assignments is part of the university experience. However, paper/toner use and waste from unnecessary printing at the LC and CITS labs have both environmental and fiscal consequences. more information

Most colleges and universities have already established similar print allocation systems. UMass Dartmouth now must do the same, because the volume of printing and print waste has reached dramatic proportions.

Can I use my UMass Pass for making photocopies?

Not at this time; this service may be available at a later time.

How does PrintLess affect faculty printing in the Learning Commons and other PrintLess locations?

Most faculty have college and departmental printers at their disposal. However, as we introduce PrintLess, each faculty member will also receive a complimentary print allocation of 100 sheets for times when you need to print at the Learning Commons or one of the other lab/classrooms locations noted above.

The print release stations require a UMass Pass. If you do not have a UMass Pass, you can obtain one at the UMass Pass office (first floor of the campus center) during regular business hours: Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm. There is no cost for the first UMass Pass; there is, however, a $25 fee to replace a lost UMass Pass.

Printing tips

How does PrintLess affect visitor printing in the Learning Commons?

Visitors to the Claire T. Carney are able to print at the Learning Commons using the coin-operated print-release station. The print release station accepts coins as well as $1 and $5 bills (no larger denominations), and will make the appropriate change.

Pricing

  • Black & white single: 10¢
  • Black & white duplex: 15¢

Printing tips

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