Meal Plans and Dining Accounts

Alert icon (yellow triangle with exclamation point)UPDATE 9/25/20: Meal Plan refund information

Fall 2020 meal plan changes  

Due to the delay of in-person instruction to Oct. 1, 2020, fall 2020 amended meal plans will begin Sept. 26, 2020. 

Meal plans will be available for use on Aug. 31. However, if you chose not to use your meal plan on or before Sept. 25, you will automatically receive an amended version of your current plan. 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. 

Update 9/25: Resident students with the 100 Block, 160 Block or Daily Plan who choose not to return to campus after Thanksgiving will receive a refund for the meal swipe portion of their plan. Refunds will not exceed the value of unused meal swipes.

Updated meal plan rates

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

Updated meal plan rates
Plan Details Rate Rate for Residential Students who do not return to campus after Nov. 26
The Daily Plan

All Access / $300 DB + 5 guest swipes

Service begins Aug. 31.

$2,250 $1,816
Amended Daily Plan

All Access / $200 DB + 5 guest swipes

Service begins Sept. 26.

$1,736 $1,293
160 Block

160 meal swipes / $400 DB

Service begins Aug. 31.

$1,900 $1,566
125 Block Plan (Amended version of 160 Block)

125 meal swipes / $300 DB

Service begins Sept. 26.

$1,466 $1,129
100 Block

100 meal swipes / $400 DB

Service begins Aug. 31.

$1,350 $1,139
78 Block Plan (Amended version of 100 Block)

78 meal swipes / $300 DB

Service begins Sept. 26.

$1,041 $828

Resident student 100 Block and 160 Block meal plan holders

Meal plan holders with the 100 Block Plan and 160 Block Plan will receive a refund up to 22.2% if they choose not to return to their on-campus housing after Thanksgiving. Amended Block Plan holders will receive a refund up to 28.8%. 

Refund rates are based on the meal swipe portion of the plan. Declining Balance (DB) funds will rollover for use through summer semester 2021.

Refund amounts will not exceed the value of unused meal swipes.

Resident student Daily Plan holders

Meal plan holders with The Daily Plan will receive a refund of 22.2% if they choose to leave campus at Thanksgiving. Amended Daily Plan holders will receive a refund of 28.8%.

Refund rates are based on the meal swipe portion of the plan. Declining Balance (DB) funds will rollover for use through summer semester 2021.

Refund amounts will not exceed the value of unused meal swipes.

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

Upperclass students and commuters

Upperclass students and commuters 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 Sept. 25, 2020, at 11:59 pm.

The final deadline to change or cancel a non-required meal plan is Oct. 9, 2020, at noon.

Important dates

  • Aug. 31, 2020: Meal plans begin at the full-rate.
  • Sept. 25, 2020, at 11:59 pm: Last day for upperclassmen and commuter students to make changes or cancel their meal plan without incurring a $25 administrative fee.
  • Sept. 26, 2020: Amended meal plans begin at the reduced rate for students who have not used their fall 2020 block meal plan on or before Sept. 25, 2020.
  • Oct. 9, 2020, at noon: Deadline to change or cancel a non-required meal plan
  • Mid-October: Prorated refunds will be issued for students who did not use their full-rate meal plan on or before Sept. 25, 2020.
  • Nov. 25, 2020: Last day for resident students to use meal swipes if they do not return after Thanksgiving. 
  • Dec. 23, 2020: Last day to use meal swipes for fall 2020 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, Crown Commons and campus retail dining.

The Daily Plan offers unlimited meal swipes and $300 Declining Balance (DB) funds

  • Available for use beginning Aug. 31, 2020, for fall 2020.
  • Meal swipes may be used seven days a week at any time during serving hours at SoVi, Crown Commons, Crown2Go or Flame2Go. 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 roll over to the following semester and expire on Aug. 11, 2021.

Amended Daily Plan offers unlimited meal swipes and $200 Declining Balance (DB) funds.

  • Available for use beginning Sept. 26, 2020, for fall 2020.
  • Meal swipes may be used seven days a week at any time during serving hours at SoVi, Crown Commons, Crown2Go or Flame2Go. 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 roll over to the following semester and 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 Upperclass students in non-required housing and all Commuters.

The Daily Plan (see above for details)

160 Block Plan and 125 Block Plan (Amended 160 Block Plan)


160/400 Block Plan offers 160 meal swipes and $400 Declining Balance (DB) funds. 

  • Available for use beginning Aug. 31, 2020, for fall 2020.
  • Meal swipes may be used seven days a week at any time during serving hours at SoVi, Crown Commons, Crown2Go or Flame2Go. 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 roll over to the following semester and expire on Aug. 11, 2021.

125 Block Plan (Amended 160 Block Plan) offers 125 meal swipes and $300 Declining Balance (DB) funds.

  • Available for use beginning Sept. 26, 2020, for fall 2020.
  • Meal swipes may be used seven days a week at any time during serving hours at SoVi, Crown Commons, Crown2Go or Flame2Go. 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 roll over to the following semester and expire on Aug. 11, 2021.

100 Block Plan and 78 Block Plan (Amended 100 Block Plan)


100/400 Block Plan offers 100 meal swipes and $400 Declining Balance (DB) funds. 

  • Available for use beginning Aug. 31, 2020, for fall 2020.
  • Meal swipes may be used seven days a week at any time during serving hours at SoVi, Crown Commons, Crown2Go or Flame2Go. 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 roll over to the following semester and expire on Aug. 11, 2021.

78 Block Plan (Amended 100 Block Plan) offers 78 meal swipes and $300 Declining Balance (DB) funds. 

  • Available for use beginning Sept. 26, 2020, for fall 2020.
  • Meal swipes may be used seven days a week at any time during serving hours at SoVi, Crown Commons, Crown2Go or Flame2Go. 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 roll over to the following semester and expire on Aug. 11, 2021.

Commuters and upperclassmen 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)
  • At the end of the semester, any unspent funds will carry over to the next semester through the end of summer session II in the academic year in which the plan was purchased.


Crown2Go and Flame2Go

Crown2Go and Flame2Go offer 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 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 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 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.

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 8:30 p.m.

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! 


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