Other universities around the country have access to a free printing service. The VP Academic Affairs has done a great job in reducing printing costs placed on students. However much we would like to see this go, premium printing will always come at a cost.
However, there is an option available that allows students to print completely free of charge, by putting documents on their phones and selecting their mobile app. This free printing comes with advertisements appended to the bottom, however for lecture notes and other non critical business this does not matter and helps support the union in terms of additional interest from sponsors, advertisers and essentially a new revenue stream.