Radford printing: Some things you should know

Radford University provides $5 in printing every year. Unfortunately, many students don’t find out how little this is until they’re in the middle of their first semester and halfway through their budget.

It’s not just that college students are irresponsible. If printing cost is five cents a page, the average student would only be able to print off ten papers a year. That’s one paper per class per semester (assuming the student in question has a course-load of 15 credits).

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Make sure you have time to run to Young hall or Walker hall to print just incase your printer fails. Photo from Creative Commons.

As you can imagine, this isn’t feasible for anyone.

This is particularly troubling for transfer students, many of whom are used to unlimited printing policies set by community colleges and the like. (Central Virginia Community College has an unlimited printing policy, for instance.) Here are some tips to help offset printing costs when you come to RU.

1.) Make sure the printer has paper in it before you print.

Sometimes the printers seem like they don’t work. Sometimes they don’t have paper in them. But here’s the thing: you get charged for printing twice even if you only get one paper, so make sure to check to see if the printer’s working before you print.

2.) Prices vary in different buildings.

The price for printing in the Bonnie is five cents per page. There are areas of the school that cost six cents or four cents a page. Some buildings have free printing, but they also aren’t available to all students, so it’s usually not a good idea to rely on these. Try out different labs, find a lab that has a decent printing price and use that lab for the rest of your college career. If you choose the wrong lab, you could be paying 20 percent more for your printing than you should, and that adds up after a while.

3.) Bring ten or twenty dollars with you to school.

It may benefit you to bring $10 or $20 to school if you’re taking a lot of Humanities courses (or if you happen to be an English major). You can add it to your RU Express account with your credit card.

Thankfully, a lot of professors are using D2L as a way to help alleviate the extra costs; but even so, no one wants to be surprised with steep printing costs after forking over $200 or $300 for books, as well as all the advertised costs of tuition and all that.

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