IU Print allotments and purchased printing funds

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At Indiana University, the IU Print service provides on-campus printing for students, faculty, and staff, and managed print services for departments and organizations.

For the latest details about CrimsonCard operations on your campus, see CrimsonCard COVID-19.

Check your balances

To check the balance of your IU Print allotment:

  1. From the CrimsonCard home page, click Manage Your ID Card.
  2. If prompted, log in with your IU username and passphrase.
  3. From the top of the page (or from the menu), click MY ACCOUNTS. Balance information will appear on the page. For details, click the plan name.

How funds are deducted from your accounts

When you print, credits and funds will be deducted from your accounts in the following order (if applicable):

  1. IU Print Credit (legacy plan; funds cannot be added)
  2. IU Print Allotment
  3. IU Print Departmental
  4. CrimsonCash

Standard print allotments

IU Print credits are allotted on a per-semester basis. Dates for allotment rollover and updates for the 2020-21 academic year are:

  • Fall semester: August 22, 2020
  • Spring semester: January 9, 2021
  • Summer semester: May 10, 2021
For IU Print allotments, all summer sessions combined are considered one semester. For example, if you take 3 credit hours in the first 6-week session and 4 credit hours in the second 8-week session, you get 26 print credits for the entire summer (not 13 credits for the first session plus 26 for the second session).

Each print credit lets you print 25 B&W pages or 4 color pages.

Print credits are non-refundable. (Credit for damaged or unprinted output is available upon request at most STC locations; see Refunds for unacceptable printing output.)

Student print allotments are funded by payment of the IU Student Technology Fee.


For all students at all IU campuses, the number of print credits allotted each semester is based on the number of credit hours enrolled.

Standardized print credits allotted per semester
Enrollment status Allotment
Full-time (4 or more credit hours) 26
Part-time (3 or fewer credit hours) 13
Admitted, not enrolled  2
  • IUPUI graduate students receive standardized print allotments.
  • Previous IU Bloomington graduate print allotments are under review.


Faculty at all IU campuses receive 8 print credits per semester.

Standard print/copy pricing

Prices for available print options vary by campus.

IU Print options and costs (per-page)
Print option IUB IUPUI Regional campuses
B&W letter (simplex, 8.5x11) $0.04 $0.04 $0.04
B&W letter (duplex, 8.5x11) $0.08 $0.08 $0.07
B&W tabloid (simplex, 11x17) $0.08 $0.08 $0.08
B&W tabloid (duplex, 11x17) $0.16 $0.16 $0.15
Color letter (simplex, 8.5x11) $0.25 $0.25 $0.25
Color letter (duplex, 8.5x11) $0.50 $0.50 $0.49
Color tabloid (simplex, 11x17) $0.50 $0.50 $0.50
Color tabloid (duplex, 11x17) $1.00 $1.00 $0.99
To avoid color printing charges, make sure to direct your output to a B&W print queue. You will not be credited for any pages you mistakenly sent to a color print queue.

Plotter printing

Plotter print prices may increase or decrease at the beginning of a new academic year to reflect changing costs for delivering this service.

IU Bloomington plotter printing

Printing to the plotter at IU Bloomington is currently by appointment only. For details, see Plotter printing at IU Bloomington.

At IU Bloomington, plotter printing is offered as a cost-recovery service available to students, faculty, and staff. Plotter print prices include a base price plus a per-square-inch charge. You cannot use print allotment funds for plotter printing. Deposit money into your CrimsonCash account to pay for plotter printing.

To charge a departmental account, contact the UITS Support Center before your appointment. They will transfer the money from your departmental account into your personal IU-affiliated account.
Plotter print prices at IUB
Paper finish Base price Cost per square inch
Matte $5.00 $0.0057
Satin $5.00 $0.0065

For example, a 3' x 4' plot (1,728 square inches) can cost up to $14.85 on matte paper or up to $16.23 on satin paper. Depending on your IU status, you may need to use PayPal's guest portal, which results in a processing fee of $2.50.

If you have questions about plotter pricing and payment, call 812-855-3802.

IUPUI plotter printing

At IUPUI, plotter printing is offered as a cost-recovery service available to students, faculty, and staff. Plotter print prices are only per-square-inch charges and there is no base price associated with the plotter prints.

Plotter print prices at IUPUI
Paper finish Cost per square inch
Matte $0.03

For example, a 3' x 4' plot (1,728 square inches) can cost up to $51.84 on matte paper.

Add supplemental printing funds

Anyone with a valid IU account may add supplemental funds. You may need supplemental print funds if:

  • You exceeded your standard print allotment but need to continue printing.
  • You need a plotter print for a class project or a department event.
  • You are a faculty or staff member, and want to print in an STC or another IU Print location.

Students, faculty, and staff

Students, faculty, and staff on all campuses can add supplemental funds to print online. For instructions, see Make a deposit or check balances on your CrimsonCard.

Students: The option to charge your bursar account appears only if you are enrolled in classes in the current semester.


To purchase additional non-refundable print credits for faculty, staff, students, or visitors, departments can email the IU Print team. To avoid delays, provide a departmental account number, the user ID(s), the username(s) of the individual(s) or group(s), and the dollar value of the print credits being requested. For more than five (5) individuals, attach this information in a spreadsheet format. Note that credits for new staff cannot be added more than 21 days prior to their start date.

Other customers

All other customers should email the IU Print team for information about purchasing supplemental print allotments.

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