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Managing Your iprint@ub Allowance (UB Quota)

Use your print allowance effectively: find out when you receive your allowance, how to check your balance, how many pages you can print and what to do if you expend your allowance.

All students enrolled in courses for the current semester, faculty and staff receive a page allowance, or allocation, to print:

  • 650 single-sided black and white pages for each of the Fall and Spring semesters.
  • 200 single-sided black and white pages for the Summer semester.
  • 100 single-sided black and white pages for Winter semester, only if enrolled in Winter semester courses. Winter semester quota is only available during Winter session, and is deleted at the end of the Winter semester.

Your allowance rolls over from semester to semester (Fall, Spring and Summer). You must use iprint at least once per semester to receive the allocation for that semester.

Your balance does not roll over to the next academic year (Summer to Fall). The remaining allowance in your iprint balance will be deleted prior to the start of the new academic year.

Printing blank pages to use up your UB Quota is not allowed.

Cost of Printing

Black and White

  • Costs for students, faculty, and staff to print to black and white printers are $0.05 a page printed single-sided (simplex) or $0.04 a page printed double-sided (duplex) for black and white printing. Double-sided printing is the default.
  • Costs for public patrons (not affiliated with UB) to print to the black and white printers are $0.10 a printed page.

Color

If a print job is sent to the color printer, even if only one page (or even no pages) contains color the entire job is charged at the color rate. We recommend printing only those pages that you want to contain color to the color printers, and send the remainder of your pages to the black and white printers in order to save cost.

  • Costs for students, faculty and staff to print to color printers are:
    • $0.30 a page printed single sided (simplex) or
    • $0.60 a page printed double sided (duplex). There is no discount for duplex color printing.

Double-sided printing is the default.

  • Cost for public patrons to print to color printers is $.60 per single sided page, regardless of whether the page contains color or not.

Checking the Balance of Your UB Quota Purse

When using the computing sites' Cybrary, Express or Assistive stations, your available quota is displayed in dollars on the iprint pop-up window. You may also view your available quota from any of the Print Release and Pay Stations.

The iprint pop-up window is not available from:

  • Linux computers in Bell Hall 101
  • Quick Connect computers in hallways in Lockwood, Alumni, Natural Sciences Complex (NSC) and the Student Union
  • Library Research stations
  • Your personal laptop with iprint anywhere

If you think your iprint@ub quota is incorrect, please contact pubsltes@buffalo.edu.

To learn the number of pages you may print with your current balance, see Determine How Many Pages You Can Print with Your Allowance.

How to Print After You Expend Your Allowance

If you have expended your printing allowance for the semester, you can print using a print/copy card or Campus Cash.

Print/copy cards may be purchased at University Libraries and can only be used at specially-equipped print/release stations. You cannot release a print job paid for with a Print/Copy Card using the pop-up.

  1. Select the files you want to print.
  2. In the pop-up click Next Purse until the correct source of funds, such as Campus Cash, appears. If your source of funds is a Print/Copy Card, you will need to release the job at a Release Pay Station.
  3. Confirm the number of pages to print.
  4. Click Print.
  5. Click Pay and Print. If you chose to pay with a Print/Copy card, go to a Print Release Pay Station and release your job.

Sharing Your iprint Allocation

You may share your print allocation. Do not share your UBITName and password: you alone are responsible for the use of your UBITName. You must print from your account, so your friends must send or give you the documents they want to print.

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