Meal Plans and Dining Accounts

Spring 2021 meal plan changes

Due to the delay of in-person instruction to Feb. 22, 2021, spring 2021 amended meal plans will be available beginning Feb. 18, 2020. 

Full-semester meal plans will be available for use on Jan. 16 for students who choose to move in as originally planned. However, if you do not use any portion of your meal plan on or before Feb. 17, you will be reassigned to your amended spring meal plan and credited the difference. 

No action is necessary to receive the amended meal plan. 

Amended block meal plans have fewer swipes and Declining Balance funds than full-rate meal plans.

Move-out attestations

Students who submitted a spring move-out attestation and received a credit for a portion of their spring 2021 meal plan charges will have the credit removed from their student account on Jan. 14 and be charged for a full-semester meal plan. If your financial aid is not able to cover this charge, you will need to pay your balance by Jan. 28. 

Meal plans

Rates are subject to change based on future operational status changes.

Meal swipe plans

Block Plan Details Rate
The Daily Plan

All Access / $300 DB + 5 guest swipes
Service begins on Jan. 16.

$2,250
New: Amended Daily Plan

All Access / $200 DB + 5 guest swipes
Service begins on Feb. 18.

$1,750
160 Block

160 meal swipes / $400 DB
Service begins Jan. 16.

$1,900
New: Amended 160 Block

125 meal swipes / $300 DB
Service begins Feb. 18.

$1,477
100 Block

100 meal swipes / $400 DB
Service begins Jan. 16.

$1,350
New: Amended 100 Block

78 meal swipes / $300 DB
Service begins Feb. 18.

$1,050

Straight Declining Balance plans are not eligible for a reduced rate. 

Upperclassmen and commuter students who wish to change their meal plan or cancel their non-required meal plan will not be charged a $25 administrative fee if they complete this process by Feb. 17, 2021, at noon.

The final deadline to change or cancel a non-required meal plan is Feb. 26, 2021, at noon.

Important dates

  • Jan. 16, 2021: Meal plans begin at the full-rate.
  • Feb. 17, 2021, at noon: Last day for upperclassmen and commuter students to make changes or cancel their meal plan without incurring a $25 administrative fee.
  • Feb. 18, 2021: Amended meal plans begin at the reduced rate for students who have not used their spring 2021 block meal plan on or before Feb. 17, 2021.
  • Feb. 26, 2021, at noon: Deadline to change or cancel a non-required meal plan
  • Early March: Prorated refunds will be issued for students who did not use their full-rate meal plan on or before Feb. 17, 2021.
  • May. 13, 2021: Last day to use meal swipes for spring 2021 block meal plans.
  • Aug. 11, 2021: Spring 2020 and 2020-21 Declining Balance Rollover funds expire.

Overview of meal plans

  • All first-year students living on campus, regardless of their housing assignment, are required to purchase The Daily Plan. This meal plan must be purchased each semester of occupancy.
  • Upperclass students assigned to residence halls without private kitchens are also considered to be living in “required housing” and must choose a meal plan as part of the housing contract. These residences include Holshouser, Hunt, Sanford, Scott, Hawthorn, Laurel, Lynch, Oak and the suites in Belk, Levine, Miltimore, Wallis and Witherspoon.

The Daily Plan and Amended Daily Plan

All first-year resident students are required to have The Daily Plan. This plan has been developed to maximize the dining variety and value offered by SoVi, Crown2Go and campus retail dining.

Prices include sales tax.

The Daily Plan offers unlimited meal swipes and $300 Declining Balance (DB) funds. ($2,250 per semester, applicable sales tax included)

  • Available for use beginning Jan. 16, 2020, for spring 2021.
  • Meal swipes may be used seven days a week at any time during serving hours at SoVi and Crown2Go. A 15-minute period is required between swipes.
  • The Daily Plan comes with five (5) guest swipes that may be used at any time during the semester. A maximum of three (3) guest swipes may be used per meal period
  • Declining Balance (DB) funds may be used at any campus dining venue, including sports concessions and convenience stores.
  • Meal swipes and guest swipes will expire at the end of the semester. Unspent DB will expire on Aug. 11, 2021.

Amended Daily Plan offers unlimited meal swipes and $200 Declining Balance (DB) funds. ($1,750 for spring 2021, applicable sales tax included)

  • Available for use beginning Feb. 18, 2020, for spring 2021.
  • Meal swipes may be used seven days a week at any time during serving hours at SoVi and Crown2Go. A 15-minute period is required between swipes.
  • The Daily Plan comes with five (5) guest swipes that may be used at any time during the semester. A maximum of three (3) guest swipes may be used per meal period
  • Declining Balance (DB) funds may be used at any campus dining venue, including sports concessions and convenience stores.
  • Meal swipes and guest swipes will expire at the end of the semester. Unspent DB will expire on Aug. 11, 2021.

Upperclassmen in required housing

Upperclassmen who are assigned to Holshouser, Hunt, Sanford, Scott, and the suites in Belk, Hawthorn, Laurel, Levine, Lynch, Miltimore, Oak, Wallis, and Witherspoon may choose from the following. Plans are also available to Upperclassmen in non-required housing and all Commuters.

The Daily Plan (see above for details)

160 Block Plan and Amended 160 Block Plan

160/400 Block Plan offers 160 meal swipes and $400 Declining Balance (DB) funds. ($1,900 per semester, applicable sales tax included)

  • Available for use beginning Jan. 16, 2021, for spring 2021.
  • Meal swipes may be used seven days a week at any time during serving hours at SoVi, Crown2Go. Meal swipes are counted down as they are used. 
  • Guest swipes are limited to three (3) guests per meal period
  • Declining balance funds may be used at any campus dining venue, including sports concessions and convenience stores.
  • Meal swipes will expire at the end of the semester; unspent DB will expire on Aug. 11, 2021.

Amended 160 Block Plan offers 125 meal swipes and $300 Declining Balance (DB) funds. ($1,467 for spring 2021, applicable sales tax included)

  • Available for use beginning Feb. 18, 2021, for spring 2021.
  • Meal swipes may be used seven days a week at any time during serving hours at SoVi and Crown2Go. Meal swipes are counted down as they are used. 
  • Guest swipes are limited to three (3) guests per meal period
  • Declining balance funds may be used at any campus dining venue, including sports concessions and convenience stores.
  • Meal swipes will expire at the end of the semester; unspent DB will expire on Aug. 11, 2021.

100 Block and Amended 100 Block

100/400 Block Plan offers 100 meal swipes and $400 Declining Balance (DB) funds. ($1,350 per semester, applicable sales tax has already been included)

  • Available for use beginning Jan. 16, 2021, for spring 2021.
  • Meal swipes may be used seven days a week at any time during serving hours at SoVi and Crown2Go. Meal swipes are counted down as they are used.
  • Guest swipes are limited to three (3) guests per meal period
  • Declining balance funds may be used throughout the semester at any campus dining venue, including sports concessions and convenience stores.
  • Meal swipes will expire at the end of the semester; unspent DB will expire on Aug. 11, 2021.

Amended 100 Block Plan offers 78 meal swipes and $300 Declining Balance (DB) funds. ($1,050 for spring 2021, applicable sales tax has already been included)

  • Available for use beginning Feb. 18, 2021, for spring 2021.
  • Meal swipes may be used seven days a week at any time during serving hours at SoVi and Crown2Go. Meal swipes are counted down as they are used.
  • Guest swipes are limited to three (3) guests per meal period
  • Declining balance funds may be used throughout the semester at any campus dining venue, including sports concessions and convenience stores.
  • Meal swipes will expire at the end of the semester; unspent DB will expire on Aug. 11, 2021.

Commuters and upperclass students in non-required housing

Commuters and upperclass students who are assigned to “non-required” housing may purchase any meal plan listed above. Additionally, they have the option to buy a Straight Declining Balance Plan. Prices include sales tax.

  • Straight DB offers $875 or $1,200 in DB funds that may be used at any campus dining venue including sports concessions and campus convenience stores. ($875/$1,200)
  • Any unspent funds will carry over to the end of summer session II in the academic year in which the plan was purchased.

Crown2Go

Crown2Go offers a convenient way to use meal swipes to get takeout options. DB, ODA, 49er Account, credit/debit and mobile payment options are also accepted. Students with The Daily Plan and Amended Daily Plan must wait 15 minutes in between using meal swipes to order takeout.

Download the NinerDiners Mobile Ordering app to order from these locations.


Dining with guests

The Daily Plan and Amended Daily Plan provides students with five (5) guest swipes for the semester. Students may use these guest swipes at any time during the semester, but may only use up to three (3) in one meal period. The 160 and 100 Block Plans, as well as their associated Amended plans, may use their meal swipes to swipe in friends and family but are limited to three (3) guests per meal period. This is so that students who buy meal plans are using them and will have meals available throughout the semester.

The program allows for exceptions. Dining supervisors/managers may waive the guest limit in circumstances such as when more than two family members or friends visit. Just ask!

Breakfast Lunch Midday Dinner
7 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Dining Accounts

An Optional Dining Account (ODA) is a dining debit account that can be used at all campus dining locations, including convenience stores. ODA is available to all students and deposits can be made any time during the year. Unused balance rolls over from semester to semester, year to year, as long as the student is enrolled.

For any resident student, ODA can supplement a meal plan and may be used when Declining Balance (DB) funds have been spent. ODA is also a convenient choice for students who live in Wallis, Greek Village or on-campus apartments.


ODA Information