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Student Printers: Frequently Asked Questions

How much print credit do I receive?

JD/LLM students receive credits on their PennCard each term that amount to the equivalent of 1,500 pages in printing per semester, which is the equivalent of $120 on the Penn Law printers.  Part-time ML students receive credits that amount to the equivalent of $40 in printing per course each term (up to $120/max).

This year a new Special print account is being added for all Penn Law students, for approved group and programs including TPIC Pro-Bono, Journals, and Student Groups.  You may use this account to print without it affecting your personal print account.  You may not use the Special account for your personal, academic, class reading, research, assignments, resumes, career planning, clerkships, papers  and other personal printing.  All Special printing is authenticated when you swipe your card, will be tracked, and use will be audited. Please check with your group or instructor to be sure you are authorized to use the Special account before you use it to print.   

How does the system keep track of my 1,500 pages?

Your printing/copying credit is associated with your PennCard. When you swipe your PennCard, you will see 2 options for printing (Charge to your Personal Account or Charge to Special Account). For your Personal Account, you will see two balances.

  • One is the remaining print credit, which starts out at the equivalent of 1,500 pages (shown as a $120 credit) at the start of each semester. Please note that this balance has no value other than for printing and copying. This credit is reset to 1,500 pages every January 1st and August 1st.
  • The other balance is the PennCash remaining on your card. This is ONLY used once you print beyond 1,500 pages and your $120 credit is depleted.

All Special printing is authenticated when you swipe your card, will be tracked, and use will be audited. Please check with your group or instructor to be sure you are authorized to use the Special account before you use it to print.   

If I print or copy in duplex does each sheet count as one page or two?

Duplex (front and back of one piece of paper) counts each sheet as two pages.

What happens if I reach my limit of 1500 pages?

You can add additional funds to your Penncard, using the Penncash machine located next to the print stations on the second floor computer lab in Tanenbaum.


Will I get cash back if I do not use the full complement of pages assigned to me in a term?

No, the number of pages assigned to each student is a compilation of our costs and students’ needs which we reconsider on a regular basis. You have not been charged a specific $120 for this printing service. 

I released my print job but there was a problem with the printer. Can I get a refund?

We offer print credits when there is a printer jam or other printer malfunction and the student has:

  1. Contacted ITS immediately to ask for the jam to be cleared. Normally we can clear the jam quickly and your document will re-print the previous page and continue with the rest. We can be reached at or 215-898-2679. It is important that we hear from you immediately if you want print credit. If we do not answer, please leave a voicemail message.
  2. Requested the print credit within 2 business days of the printing problem. If we were unable to clear the jam, you must request credit for your lost prints by using the following request form.

Credit will appear on your available balance when you swipe your Penncard at a print station. Please note that this credit is not real PennCash — it is only for making prints or photocopies.

Please fill out the form on this page to request a refund for print credit.

I cannot login to any printer. Is there a problem with my account?

  • Test your card at a PennCash Value Transfer Station (VTS).
    • Swipe your card to login.
    • Check your account balance.
    • Choose no receipt.
  • If you can’t login to a printer then this test often generates an error. This lets you know that the problem is with your PennCard. Please visit the PennCard Center on the second floor of the Penn Bookstore (3601 Walnut Street) to resolve the issue.
  • If your account balance shows without generating errors then report this to ITS using the “Email ITS” button on the right pane of this page.

When I try to login to a printer I see the error message, “The user is locked on Terminal ‘stu#’. What can I do?

  • Make sure that you are logged out of other printers.
  • If you are not logged into other printers then you will have to wait 30 minutes for your account to log out automatically.

Is there a fax machine available for students?

  • Yes, the printer on the 1st floor of Tanenbaum and one of the printers in the T-222 computer lab have the ability to fax.

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