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    How Much to Charge Students for Printing?

    I'd like to canvas feedback on what those of you using print management software are charging your secondary school students for printing and what "free printing" allowances you give them. Thinking about introducing something here but no idea what tarriff to use. Not attempting to recover full costs - simply to discourage wasteful behaviours.

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    The charging for printing is totally out of my hands but I was asked to set our print monitoring software to 10p per colour sheet and free for black and white. This is for A4.
    For A3, 10p more.

    Personally, if I was able to set them myself, I'd put a bit more structure to it.

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    I think you should give them a generous quota for free and charge at cost thereafter.

    We used to do printing quotas, but it wasn't enforced properly by all of SMT. The result was that we were constantly told to increase print quota. So I would certainly advise that management should make this decision.

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    We charge 3p for mono A4 and 8p for colour, we give students about 75p at the start of the week and reset it at each half term as they can build up quite a bit. But we issue more credit if itís needed for work as long as they havenít wasted the rest of the credit

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    50p it gets reset at the end of the week, no building up credit

    3p Black, 8p colour (I think...)

    £2 for GCSE graphics\it students. We reset Yr11 limits a lot. It's mainly to get staff to print coursework on there dept money not the central IT

    Covers the £16k on toner + paper we waste. Doesn't help all the schools letters are in colour!

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    We use Papercut NG, I give all pupils £5 at the beginning of the week, this covers internet and printing usage (25p colour and 5p mono) (5p per 5 min block internet usage). It's set at about the right level as I only get a handful of pupils at the end of the week requiring additional funds.

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    We have different charges in different places (details here) but it varies from 3-4p for mono and 10-15p for colour.

    Students get wildly varying amounts of credit for their course.

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    Quote Originally Posted by srochford View Post
    We have different charges in different places (details here) but it varies from 3-4p for mono and 10-15p for colour.

    Students get wildly varying amounts of credit for their course.
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    Quote Originally Posted by matt40k View Post
    £2 for GCSE graphics\it students. We reset Yr11 limits a lot. It's mainly to get staff to print coursework on there dept money not the central IT
    We actually recharge all costs to the departments using paper cut and a copy of the timetable and bookings, takes a bit of time to do but means that we foot no costs for the curriculum

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    We charge cartridges to the departments and it is up to them if they wish to charge. We use Papercut free to monitor printing. We catch a lot of misuse and departments charge 12 to 20 pence per copy for misuse.

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    Thank you all for your feedback.

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