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Student Printing

Computer Help Desk & Labs

Student Printing

Each student is credited with a set dollar amount for free printing at the beginning of each semester.  The free printing allocation is shared across campus computers available in the Library, Learning Assistance Center, Health Sciences open labs and other computer labs. 

When you send a print job, log into the print release station near the printers (or copier).  Each time you view your jobs, you can see how much it costs before actually printing.  Your balance will go down as you print.  Your printing cost is 0.10 per page and 0.15 per double-sided page.

After you have used up your free allocation, you can purchase additional funds online using a credit or debit card. 

Note: Alumni, noncredit students and guests are not given a free paper credit.

 Paper Allowances 

Lab printers are configured by default for duplex (double-sided) printing.  In keeping with the college's goal of sustainability, HCC faculty accept duplex printed assignments and papers. If you prefer to print single-sided prints, that can be done by adjusting the printer properties in your document.

Carefully manage your printing to be sure your request to print is what you want. The printing system displays information in several places to advise you of your print job size and balance of free pages remaining. We do not credit students for lost pages due to your error. 

When your balance gets too low, you will be notified at the print release station.  You can purchase more printing funds in amounts of $3.00, $5.00 or $10.00 with a credit  or debit card by clicking on the Details link on the Balance box on your desktop.

Printing Procedures

  • Printing PowerPoint slides. You will conserve your free page allocation and printing time if you print PowerPoint slides efficiently at 6 slides per page. For example, a presentation consisting of 24 slides can be printed using only 2 of your free sheets if you choose to print as a "handout" with 6 slides per page and keep the default duplex setting. Open your file in PowerPoint. Click file/print, select handouts under print what, and accept the default of 6 slides per page. Ask lab staff if you need assistance.
  • Color printing. Unfortunately, we are no longer able to provide color printing for students.  If you need to print in color, there are resources available outside the college that can provide this service.
  • Print stations. When you want to release documents to print, log in to the print station using your HCC Login ID, review your list of documents, select the document you want and press print. Note that to the right of each of your print jobs, there is a count of how many pages that document consists of. View this box to ensure this is what you want to print. Sometimes students want to print 1 displayed page from a web site, not realizing the entire web page consists of numerous printable pages. Press logoff when done sending your print jobs to the printer. Print jobs are automatically deleted from the queue if they are not retrieved from the print station within two hours.

Copy Machines

There are no photocopiers in the open computer labs, but the Clark Library is equipped with a photocopier and printers. Students may print articles and information from the Internet or the library's research tools, but not documents from a disk or other media. 

The funds used in the computer labs also be used for copying from the Library copier.

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