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Meal Plan FAQs

How can I check to see which meal plan I have chosen?

You have up until plans are billed to view your plan choice through your housing contract in RMS; after the meal plan has been billed you may view your choice by logging into your Student Banner account and review your bill.

What if I choose a meal plan and then change my mind?

Before and up through the first day of class, all students can change their meal plans without incurring a charge. After that, students may request changes to their meal plans, up through the scheduled two-day room change period (September 4 and 5 for Fall 2014 and January 22 and 23 for Spring 2015 semester). To make a change, submit a Meal Plan Selection Form. You will receive an email confirmation once the request is reviewed and processed. Requests made after the first day of classes will incur a $25 Meal Plan Processing Charge. Meal plan charges are pro-rated, whether the student has used the meal plan or not, after the first day of class. After the scheduled two-day room change period, no other meal plan changes may be made for the current semester. This also applies to students who have moved from required housing to non-required housing or off campus.

Can my financial aid or student loans pay for my meal plan?

Financial aid can pay for your meal plan if you have enough to cover tuition and housing charges first. Financial aid will not prepay for Optional Dining Account (ODA) or 49er Account funds.

How does my meal plan work?

Your 49er ID card provides access to your meal plan. The 49er Card system automatically (and in ‘real time’) keeps track of the two parts of your meal plan — the meal swipes and the declining balance (DB). Meal swipes are used for meals in the all-you-care-to-eat dining facilities: SoVi in South Village Crossing, which is adjacent to the high-rise residence halls, or in Crown Commons located in the Student Union. The plan is accessed by swiping your 49er ID card when entering.

Meals in the 7-Day Unlimited Meals Plan may be used at any time Monday through Sunday. Meals in 5-Day Unlimited Meals Plan may be used at any time Monday through Friday but are not available for use on weekends. You may use as many swipes as you want for yourself but guest swipes are not permitted for use with Unlimited Meal Plans.

Meals in the Block Plans — the 65, 125, 150 and 175 meal swipe plans — are available for the semester and are counted down as they are used. Guest swipes are allowed with Block Plans.

The declining balance (DB) portion of any meal plans is like a prepaid debit account and is designed for use at all dining locations, including the retail venues like Chick-fil-A, Starbucks, Outtakes convenience stores, etc. Each time you use DB you will receive a receipt showing the amount you have spent as well as your remaining balance.

Meal plans are good for the semester and allotted meals and DB both end at the conclusion of the semester.

Which meal plan would be best for me?

Consider the following when selecting your meal plan:

  • The number of meals and snacks you usually eat in a week
  • How often you will dine in all-you-care to eat facilities
  • Your class schedule
  • Where you will spend weekends

Consider an Unlimited Plan if you prefer to eat smaller meals throughout the day. Meal swipes are truly unlimited throughout service hours, and, at South Village, can be used for take-out at SoVi2Go.

A Block Meal Plan is a good choice if you plan on eating fewer large meals during a given week. Meal swipes are used in the all-you-care-to-eat dining halls, SoVi and SoVi2Go at South Village, and Crown Commons in the Student Union. The 65 Block Meal Plan contains 65 meal swipes which average about 4 meals per week; the 125 Meal Plan about 7 meals per week; the 150 Meal Plan about 9 meals per week; and the 175 Meal Plan about 10 meals per week. The meals in these plans may be eaten at any time and the register will display your remaining meal count each time a swipe is used. You may use more than one meal in a dining period and you may use swipes to allow a friend or parent to dine with you as well.

With both Unlimited Plans and Block Plans, the declining balance (DB) portion of the meal plan may be used in all other dining locations.

Still need help selecting a plan?

Call the 49erCard and Meal Plans Office, 704-687-7337 to speak to a Meal Plans specialist who will help you.

What if I run out of DB funds? May I add more DB?

No, but you can supplement your meal plan by depositing funds into the Optional Dining account (ODA). ODA has a minimum deposit of $5; funds carry forward and are available as long as the student is enrolled, from semester-to-semester and year-to-year.