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Boston College's Student Printing Policy

What's the policy?

Students receive $15.00 in PrintBucks each semester. This is the equivalent of 500 black and white pages, or 30 color pages. If you use up your $15.00 in PrintBucks during the semester, you will be charged 3 cents for each additional black and white page to your Eagle Bucks account, and you will be charged 50 cents for each additional color page.  Note: Two pages, printed double-sided, are charged as one page.

Why?

To save trees and reduce costs. Due to exponential increases in paper and toner costs, and the volume of printing being done, it became necessary to look for ways to conserve. Not to mention that saving paper is good for the environment.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Do I need to have my BC ID to print?

Yes, you need to have your BC ID to print.

 

How am I charged for pages if I have used up my $15.00 in PrintBucks?

Once you have used up your semester's allotment of $15.00 in PrintBucks, you will be charged to your Eagle Bucks account if you need to print additional pages. Additional black and white pages are 3 cents per page. Learn more about Eagle Bucks.

To add money to your Eagle Bucks account, log in to the Agora Portal, click the My Services tab, then under the Account and Personal Info section, click Eagle One Card — Add Funds. Click Add Funds, then add Eagle Bucks.

 

Do part-time students get the same quota?

All students are allotted $15.00 in PrintBucks each semester for free (full-time, part-time, undergraduate, graduate, international, etc.).

 

Do student clubs get a quota too?

No. To print materials for your club's activities, we suggest the following:

 

Do Research Assistants and Teaching Assistants get a quota for work-related printing?

No. To print materials for your faculty employer, we recommend you print using a faculty or department printer.

 

Do I get $15.00 in PrintBucks for each summer session?

No. You are given $15.00 in PrintBucks to cover both summer sessions.

 

How will I know how many pages I've used and how many I have left?

View your print activity in your Eagle One Card Activity Summary in the Agora Portal.

 

Can unused PrintBucks be rolled over from one semester to another?

No, your PrintBucks are reset to $15.00 at the beginning of each semester.

 

How is double-sided printing counted against my quota?

Two pages, printed double-sided, are charged as one page. 

Note: The default setting on the Library computers are set to print double-sided. If you want to print single-sided, you will need to change the default setting.

 

If I go over my $15.00 PrintBucks allotment in the middle of a print job, what happens?

That depends on if you have enough money on your Eagle Bucks account to cover the remaining pages over your $15.00 PrintBucks allotment:

  • If you go over your $15.00 PrintBucks allotment and you have enough money on your Eagle Bucks account, the over-quota pages are simply charged to your Eagle Bucks at 3 cents per page (sent to the Black and White print queue), or 50 cents per page (sent to the Color print queue). Learn more about Eagle Bucks.
  • If you go over your $15.00 PrintBucks allotment and you don't have enough money on your Eagle Bucks account, your print job won't print. You will need to add money to your Eagle Bucks in order to print more pages. Note: To add money to your Eagle Bucks account, log in to the Agora Portal, click the My Services tab, then under the Account and Personal Info section, click Eagle One Card — Add Funds. Click Add Funds, then add Eagle Bucks.

 

Whom do I contact if I have questions about the printing policy?

For questions about the printing policy, please contact Student Services in Lyons Hall at (617) 552-3300.