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Belinda works with the ITCS Training and Communications team at East Carolina University.

ECU Print Management System Begins August 18

Effective Tuesday, August 18, ECU is implementing a print management system for all enrolled students. An annual print allowance—designated from student technology fees—will be attached to each enrolled student’s PirateID and distributed as follows:

$10 – fall semester
$10 – spring semester
$2.50 – SSI and/or 11-week
$2.50 – SSII and/or 11-week

This equates to 1250 b/w copies ($0.02 per sheet), 250 color copies ($0.10 per sheet) and $0.10 per square foot for specialty printing.

After August 18, only student accounts will be able to access printers in ECU computer labs (see FAQ for exceptions).

If a student uses all the ECU print allotment, personal funds can be added using a debit or credit card at pirateprint.ecu.edu.

Any leftover print balances from fall roll over to spring semester with any spring balance rolling over to summer. All unused ECU allotment is lost each fall when accounts are reset.

Personal funds are available in the account until 1) they are used, or 2) the student leaves ECU. However, once a student is no longer at ECU, any remaining balance is lost, including personal funds, with no refund to the student. Cash options for printing in computer labs is not available.

Students check their print quota balance two ways:

1)      A pop-up window shows the account balance when a student logs in to a lab computer on campus, and

2)      The print quota balance is available to the student through pirateprint.ecu.edu, along with a list of transactions and print history. At this time students can view their print history at pirateprint.ecu.edu, but the print allowance is not available until Tuesday, August 18.


Once a student clicks the Print button—either from a lab computer or a print kiosk—a pop-up provides account details including the document name, number of pages and print cost. Students do have the opportunity to confirm or cancel the job before it prints. Students using plotters in special labs are charged by the square foot.

If you have questions, please contact the IT Help Desk at 328.9866 or helpdesk@ecu.edu. More information, including an FAQ, can be found at the Pirate Print website.

Please note that ECU employees can no longer print in computer labs after August 18 but do have access to the printers in both Laupus and Joyner libraries. Fees are as follows:

Laupus Library Print Fees

cash/debit/credit ($5 card minimum)

Joyner Library Print Fees

cash/debit/credit (no minimum)

black/white: $0.02 per page black/white: $0.02 per page
color: $0.10 per page color: $0.10 per page


Employees Have Library Print Option

As you know, ECU is implementing a print management system for students effective Tuesday, August 18, where each student is awarded a print allotment for printing school-related work.  Since these print allotments are budgeted from student technology fees, one consequence of this program is that faculty and staff will no longer be able to print in computer labs.

For most staff, this will not be a problem.  However, one unintended consequence is that some employees, especially those who don’t have everyday access to a printer—facilities services and housekeeping employees, for example—will occasionally require a printed copy of paperwork like W2 forms, check stubs and the like.

While most departments will certainly make arrangements for the printing of work-related paperwork, when this is not possible, employees have the option of printing in both Joyner and Laupus libraries.

Laupus Library Print Fees

Cash/debit/credit ($5 card minimum)

Joyner Library Print Fees

cash/debit/credit (no minimum)

black/white: $0.02 per page black/white: $0.02 per page
color: $0.10 per page color: $0.10 per page

While we know this is a change to a long-standing routine, we thank you for helping employees know that the library printing option exists.

For more information on the print management system, including an FAQ, visit the Pirate Print website.