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Lab Printing


Frequently Asked Questions

Your annual print allocation depends on your registration status:

  • Full-time undergraduate students - $75 in print allocation
  • Part-time undergraduate students - $50 in print allocation
  • Graduate students - $150 in print allocation
  • Faculty and staff - $5 in print allocation

If you belong to more than one category, you will receive the annual allocation for the category with the highest number of pages.

The annual allocation is for one year only. The unused portion will not roll over into the next year's allocation.

Your annual print allocation is automatically issued to you depending on when you register for classes.

  • If you are a new incoming student for the Fall term, you can expect to receive your print allocation on or around August 1st — several weeks before the Fall term starts.
  • If you are a new incoming student for the Winter or Spring terms, you can expect to receive your print allocation on or around January 2nd — on the first day that the Winter term starts. 
  • If you are a new incoming student AFTER May 1st (taking summer classes), you will be issued $10 of print allocation.
  • If you are a new incoming student at any other time (such as after a term has already started), you can expect to receive your print allocation on the following day.
You may use your print allocation for black and white laser printers in any Student Technology Center on the main campus or South Campus. There are selected departmental labs where you may use your allocation.

No. Your free print allocation is for letter-size black and white printing only.

You can pay for color printing by adding printing-only funds using the Personal Print Value Kiosk located in JRH 145 (open 24 hours).

For more details, see the section "What if I want to print more pages than my allocation?" below.

Yes. Two sided printing is counted as two pages since the cost of toner is a much greater expense than the cost of paper in lab printing.

The lab print release station shows how many dollars are remaining on your allocation each time you print. You may also find your balance by logging in to the myWKU and viewing the Lab Printing module (on Student Academics tab or Employee tab).

You have two options to pay for additional printing:

  • Use Big Red Dollars or Personal Print Value at a kiosk in the JRH lab.
  • The kiosk accepts only bills. Personal Print Value purchases may be used only for lab printing; purchases are non-refundable, non-transferrable, and do not expire until the associated ID card becomes invalid.
The annual lab print allocation are provided for academic course-related printing only.

WKU’s goal is to reduce wasteful and abusive use of lab printers.

Lab printing is an sustainability and resource issue. Print allocations are given to allow academic-related printing while curbing inappropriate printing in excessive and abusive quantities.

Contact the ITS Service Desk for any other questions.



Print Balances

Sign in to the myWKU hilltopper portal and view the Lab Printing module (on Student Academics tab or Employee tab).



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Help WKU stay green. See our tips for reducing lab printing.

Printing Tips


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 Last Modified 10/4/18