Printing Quota

In a previous article, we talked about why Williams decided on a printing quota. In this one, we’ll focus on how it will be implemented.

Student allotment

Free printing per semester:

Underclassmen: $50
Seniors: $75

This is equivalent to 500 (750 for seniors) black-and-white double-sided pages worth of free printing, which according to the data we collected last semester, should meet the needs of 90% of all students with no change in printing habits.

At the end of each period (semester, winter study, and summer), any unused portion of the free allotment will be removed, and a new allotment will be credited at the beginning of the next period. Any remaining purchased printing credits will be carried forward each semester during your time at Williams.

Uncollected printouts from Saywer library

Collaboration station in Jesup 316

You can log in to your PaperCut account ( at any time from on-campus to check how much printing you have left.

Running low

If you are getting close to using up your allotment, you will be notified three times by email that you are approaching the end of your print allotment: once when your account credit drops below $10.00 (about 100 double-sided pages remaining), again at $5.00, and finally at $2.50.

If you do not have enough pages in your current allotment for a print job, a pop-up notification will alert you and you will not be able to print it on a networked printer until you add credits to your account.

Buying more printing credits


  1. Log in to your PaperCut account with your username and password.
  2. Click on “Add Credit Online” on the left hand side.
  3. Select an amount from the drop down and click the “Add Value” button.
  4. Fill in the credit information.

Via the Bursar’s Office:

  1. Purchase a $5, $10, $20, $50, or $100 PaperCut redemption card from the Bursar’s Office in Hopkins Hall.
  2. After purchasing the card, login to your PaperCut account.
  3. Choose Redeem Card from the left-hand side menu.
  4. Enter the number on the front of the card and your account will be credited for the value on the card.
Printing for departments & organizations

Student groups and organizations can obtain a shared printing account, or pre-pay for printing credits. Alternatively, a student organization may opt to assign someone to print on their behalf. It is then up to the student to be reimbursed by the organization.

If you have student workers that print on behalf of your department, you should request a departmental account. After it is created, your student workers will be able to select the departmental account when they print. You will receive a weekly report showing the printing activity associated with the account.

To set up an account for your department or organization, email You will be asked to provide a list of students that are allowed to print using the account.

For more information, visit the Printing @ Williams FAQ.

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