How costs add up when students hit print

By Adam Meyer

Every student at Quincy University begins a semester with $25 in their personalized printing accounts. With this money students are allowed to print at any facility on campus. The locations of these facilities include the computer labs in Francis Hall, the Student Success Center, Brenner Library, the computer lab located on the second floor of Friar’s Hall, and in the north campus computer lab located on the first floor.

Students use printing as a resource, most students use the facilities to print papers for class, but students are not limited to strictly printing powerpoint slides. For instance resident assistants on campus are avid of users of printers on campus and most print off templates for themed door decorations.

For example resident assistant of Garner Hall, Charlie Grimsley, printed off a template she will use to make door decorations for her residents. But not all students print with others in mind, some they print off papers for their respected sport. Some students plan out how much they might be spending over the course of a semester.

“I will use about $16 because I need to print stuff for volleyball weekly and I type all of my notes up so if I need them for class or can use them for a quiz I print them out. Sometimes I print my slides from lecture out as well,” Thomas Robson, a freshman, said.

The only problem for students who use the printers excessively for class, or in Robson’s case his sport, students are spending more money than the average consumer. Every time a student uses a printer their account is deducted 5 cents. Once that account balance drops to zero, and they want to add more money into their account, they must go to the financial aid office where they then give the office as much money as they need in their account.

From that point the office of information and technology will takeover the transaction and deposit the money into their account.

But where does this money come from? Does it come from their tuition?

“It doesn’t really come from anywhere specifically, think of it more like a free $25,” Stacy Hert said. She works in the office of financial aid. 

The money left at the end of each semester disappears once a new semester begins.

“The excess amount of money that you do not spend at the end of a semester does not go towards anything either, it just goes away,” Kristi Shelton said. She works in the account receivables department of the business office.

Students who stay on campus over summer receive a balance of $15 during that semester. Most students use this resource without going over their limit. 

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