Aren’t They Paying Enough Already?

From The Boston Globe:

There’s going green for environmental purposes. And then there’s just plain cheap, some Boston University students say.

They are crying foul this fall after the administration severely restricted the number of pages they could print for free over the university’s computer network. While the university has encouraged professors to move their readings and handouts online – which means students would be responsible for printing them out – it has limited undergraduates to printing 100 free pages per semester.

After that, it’s 12 cents per page, even though the Kinko’s on campus charges 10 cents a page. Graduate students get 500 sheets; and law students are allocated 1,000 sheets.

A tip for colleges: We know you’re trying to cut costs, but whenever possible try to do so without (further) screwing your students.

Jesse Singal

Jesse Singal is a former opinion writer for The Boston Globe and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. He is currently a master's student at Princeton's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Policy. Follow him on Twitter at @jessesingal.