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MSMC Print Management FAQs


What is PaperCut, the Mount's Print Management Program?
PaperCut is a software application that monitors student printing across campus, as well as student photocopying in the library. PaperCut has been installed to reduce wasteful paper and toner consumption, which has a negative impact on both the environment and expenses. The print management program will encourage students to "think before they print and copy." Implementing this program will permit you to print or copy what's needed for coursework while controlling problems of unnecessary printing and copying.

How does PaperCut work?
PaperCut shows each student how much they’ve printed and copied.  Print and copy activity is applied against each student's printing allotment. Allocations are shown below. A short IT Video explaining allocations is available here.

How many prints and copies do I get?
All students will be given a $40 printing allotment credit* each semester to apply toward printing and copying in that semester.  Prints and copies will be charged against the credit as follows:

  • Black, single-sided printing/copying will cost $0.05 per page.
  • Black, double-sided printing/copying will cost $0.08 for a two-sided page.
  • Color, single-sided printing/copying will cost $0.10 per page.
  • Color, double-sided printing/copying will cost $0.18 for a two-sided page.

The $40 per-semester allocation is equivalent to 800 single-sided prints or copies.  Unused amounts will rollover to subsequent semesters.  (Please note that unused PaperCut credit cannot be refunded.)

What about summer session? Do I get a printing and copying allotment if I'm attending classes during the summer?
Any student registered to attend classes during summer sessions receives a $10 PaperCut printing and copying allotment.

What happens when I use up my print/copy credit?
Once you’ve exhausted your $40 allocation, you can buy more paper with Mount Money.  If you have Mount Money on your ID card, you can follow the instructions in the PaperCut box to add additional print/copy allocation.  If you don’t already have Mount Money, you can add cash to your card at the MSMC Finance Office.  (Please note that unused PaperCut credit, even if purchased with cash or Mount Money, cannot be refunded.). Watch this short video about buying more paper.

How will I know I am getting low on my print/copy allotment?
PaperCut will display a small box (or widget) when you are logged into the MSMC network.

PaperCut balance widget

Click on the “Details” link to access your PaperCut account.  Use your MSMC network username and password to log into your account.

PaperCut login

Your PaperCut account will show how much copying and printing you have done.  This is where you can add additional value to your balance.  PaperCut will also depict your printing/copying activity in terms of energy and resource use.  This reinforces the importance of being mindful about printing and copying only what you need.

PaperCut impact

I am a faculty, staff or administrator. Will PaperCut affect me?
You will see the PaperCut widget when you login to a computer in a classroom lab or in the library. However, you can continue to print (or make copies in the library) even if you exceed the $40.

What about alumni. Can I still print?
Yes, active alumni can still print from the computers in the library. Each active alumni will have an annual printing allottment of $12.50, about 250 pages.

What if there's a paper jam or my printout is streaked/creased/in bad shape and I have to reprint? Can I get those pages back?
You can request an adjustment to your printing allocation so those unusable pages of that print job can be added back in to your printing allocation. Please note that these adjustments can take up to two business days to process. See this video on requesting adjustments.

How does copying work with PaperCut?
All copiers in Curtin Memorial Library (Aquinas Hall) and in the Curriculum Library (Hudson Hall) are connected to the PaperCut system.  Swipe your ID card in order to make copies.  All photocopies, whether black, color, single- or double-sided, are counted against your PaperCut credit in the same way as prints.

I tried to copy but was not able to. What's the problem?
Students, faculty, and staff need to be "acknowledged" by the PaperCut system. You will encounter this situation only once if you haven't ever signed on to a library PC. Once you sign on to a PC, you can log out of the PC and then you will be able to use the copiers.

How do I copy something if I am not a student, faculty, or staff member at Mount Saint Mary College?
People from outside the Mount Saint Mary College community will need to see a staff member in order to use the Library's photocopiers. The charges for using the photocopiers are

  • Black, single-sided printing/copying will cost $0.05 per page.
  • Black, double-sided printing/copying will cost $0.08 for a two-sided page.
  • Color, single-sided printing/copying will cost $0.10 per page.
  • Color, double-sided printing/copying will cost $0.18 for a two-sided page
Learn more about using PaperCut to copy.

Can I print using my own laptop in the Library?
PapeCut allows for black and white, double-sided printing from laptops to Library printers. This IT Short video explains the process.

Learn more about using PaperCut to print from a laptop to Library printers.

I want to scan a document, not print or copy it. How can I do that?
Students, faculty, and staff need to be logged on to the PaperCut system, and then you can scan a document into pdf format on to a USB drive you provide. You can learn more about how to scan on the printers/copiers here.

Students, please note that although you must log into PaperCut to scan a document, there is no charge assessed against your PaperCut allotment for these scans.

*Printing allotment credit is not refundable and unused balance is not redeemable for cash