Meal Plan Selection

Fall 2020 meal plan selection changes

Due to delayed in-person instruction, students who do not use their assigned meal plan on or before Sept. 25, 2020, will automatically be refunded and assigned to the amended meal plan associated with their current plan.

Please read the revised fall 2020 meal plan information page before submitting a request to change or cancel your meal plan.

The deadline for upperclassmen and commuter students to request a change in their meal plan without incurring a $25 administrative fee is Sept. 25, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. The final deadline to change or cancel a non-required meal plan for fall 2020 is Oct. 9, 2020, at noon.

First-year students living on campus

First-year students living on campus are required to have the Daily Plan and may not request a change. Even if you enter with college credits, you are considered a first-year applicant if you have not taken any college courses since graduating high school.

First-year students who do not use their meal plan on or before Sept. 25, will be automatically assigned to the Amended Daily Plan.

If you use your meal plan on or before Sept. 25, you will be charged for the The Daily Plan at the full rate.

Residents and commuters making changes to plan

Please review the meal plan FAQs before making changes.

Adding a meal plan

Students may purchase a meal plan at any time.

  • Meal plans (e.g., The Daily Plan, 160/400, or 100/400) purchased after or to be used after Sept. 25, 2020, will be prorated at the amended price with reduced swipes and DB amounts.
  • Straight Declining Balance plans will be billed in full for the amount of the plan, regardless of when the plan is purchased.

No meal plan changes or cancellations for fall 2020 may be made after Friday, Oct. 2, 2020, at noon.

New for academic year 2020-21

If you use your meal plan on or before Sept. 25, 2020, the following apply:

  • If changing to a different block meal plan, any meal swipe or declining balance usage will transfer to the new meal plan.
  • If a cancellation of a non-required meal plan is approved, any meal swipe usage will convert to the dining hall door rate and deducted from your refund; any declining balance usage will also be deducted from the overall refund. 
  • If changing from a block plan to straight DB plan, any meal swipe usage will convert to the dining hall door rate and will be deducted from the total value of the Straight DB plan; any declining balance usage will also be deducted from the total plan. 

If you use your meal plan after Sept. 25, 2020, the following apply:

  • If changing to a different block meal plan, any meal swipe usage will transfer to the new meal plan; the original declining balance portion will remain unchanged.
  • If a cancellation of a non-required meal plan is approved, swipes will be refunded on a prorated basis, and the declining balance will remain unchanged to be used throughout the academic year purchased.
  • If changing from a block plan to a straight DB plan, the meal swipe portion from the block plan will be refunded at a prorated rate. The associated DB portion will be refunded based on use. The straight DB plan requested will be added in its entirety.

Changes or cancellations of fall 2020 non-required meal plans may be made by Sept. 25, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. without incurring a $25 administrative fee. The deadline to change or cancel a non-required meal plan is Oct. 9 at noon.

2020 Meal Plan Selection Form

Need help deciding?

If you would like some help determining which meal plan is a good fit, check out our Meal Plan Selection Tool below. Fill out a few questions, and we will make a recommendation based on your meal plan eligibility, frequency of eating on campus and dietary restrictions.


 

Meal Plans

Upperclassmen and commuter students can change their meal plan until Sept. 25, 2020, at noon without an administrative fee. The final deadline to change or cancel a fall 2020 non-required meal plan is Oct. 9, 2020, at noon.

To make a change, submit a Meal Plan Selection Form. You will receive an email confirmation once the request is reviewed and processed.

Your 49er ID card provides access to your meal plan. The 49er Card system automatically tracks meal swipe and the Declining Balance (DB) use. Meal swipes are used for meals at SoVi, Crown Commons, Flame2Go or Crown2Go. Tap  your 49er ID card when entering the dining hall to use your meal swipes or order takeout from Flame2Go and Crown2Go using the NinerDiners Mobile Ordering app.

Meal swipes and DB may be used anytime during the semester. The Daily Plan comes with five guest swipes. Other block plans do not limit the number of guest swipes you may use in a semester. However, only three guest swipes may be used per meal period.

Meal swipes are available for the semester and are counted down as they are used. 

Declining balance (DB) is like a prepaid debit account designed for use at all dining locations, including retail venues like Chick-fil-A, Starbucks and campus convenience stores. Each time you use DB, you will receive a receipt showing the amount you have spent and your remaining balance.

Meal plan swipes expire at the end of the semester. Remaining declining balance funds will rollover from fall to spring and spring to summer, but expire at the end of summer session II.

Straight Declining Balance plans allow remaining declining balance funds to carry forward until the end of summer session II. Spring 2020 and 2020-21 declining balance funds expire on Aug. 11, 2021.

Your meal plan will be canceled if you checked the Meal Plan Cancelation box when you submitted your Housing Contract cancelation form. You will need to cancel your meal plan separately if you did not check the box.

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 reviewing your bill.

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.

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. You may request an ODA refund upon graduation or separation from the University.

Consider the following when selecting your meal plan:

  • The number of meals and snacks you usually eat in a week
  • How often you will eat in dining halls
  • Your food allergies, dietary restrictions and preferences

A block meal plan is a good choice if you eat fewer large meals during a given week or if you have dietary restrictions or food allergies. Meal swipes can be used at SoVi, Crown Commons, Flame2Go and Crown2Go. Dining halls offer a wide range of healthy, vegetarian and gluten-avoiding options.

Straight DB plans are a good choice if you spend less time on campus and prefer the convenience of quick-service retail dining options. Straight DB can be used for entry to dining halls at the door rate.

Whether you choose a block meal plan or Straight DB, declining balance may be used in all dining locations, including sports concessions and campus convenience stores.

Still need help selecting a plan? 

Use the Meal Plan Selection Tool, or call 704-687-7337 to speak to a meal plan specialist.