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Residential Meal Plans - “Meal Money”
If you are a student living on campus, except residents of the Berkus House, Food Justice House and the SAE House, you must purchase a residential meal plan (Meal Money). Prices are per semester:
|Plan||Price||Less Base Cost||Balance***||Vending|
*All Meal Plan participants receive a 50% discount off of purchases in the dining facilities (Marketplace, Tiger Cooler, Coffee Cart, Rangeview Dinner, Green Bean).
**The minimum meal plan per semester for residents is Meal Plan C for first-year students and Meal Plan D for sophomores, juniors, and seniors.
***Meal Plans A and B have limited rollover capability. If you choose plan A or B the BALANCE*** difference between your plan and Plan C, if unspent, will be credited into a rollover account for continuing usage. The maximum rollover is $310 for Plan B and $515 for Plan A. There are no rollovers, refunds or credits from Plan C or Plan D, or from the first $1,180 in the BALANCE*** of Plans A or B. Rollover Accounts will terminate at graduation, or upon leave of absence or withdrawal. No refunds or credits will be issued.
Base Cost Definition
The base cost for each meal plan participant is subtracted up front, enabling a member discount of 50% at check-out. The base cost covers labor & benefits, supplies, utilities, equipment replacement, maintenance & repairs, technology, administrative support, debt service, insurance and other costs required to support the dining program. Remaining meal plan dollars (the STARTING BALANCE) are used to pay for food and beverage purchases in the dining facilities, with substantial discounts because the base costs are already covered.
How to Use Meal Money
Menu items in the dining facilities are priced individually (á la carte) and are deducted from your account balance after each purchase. As a residential meal plan participant, you will receive a 50% discount off the posted prices in the dining facilities.
Present your identification card to the cashier to access your account for each purchase. ID cards and account balances are not transferable. You must be present for a purchase to be made with your card.
Planning Your Purchases
Because no two students will select the same items or eat on the same schedule, Oxy's á la carte pricing system will affect each person differently.
PLAN A: For Hearty or Frequent Diners: You will have $1,615 to spend. Given a 16-week semester, your expenditures should average about $101 per week, or about $14.42 per day. If you eat frequently (21 times per week), your average expenditure per meal should be $4.80. You will probably spend less for breakfast, and more for lunch and dinner. If you miss a meal, a day or a weekend, the dollars you would have spent on those meals may be used for snacks, guest meals or heartier meals anytime in the semester. Very few students eat every meal, every day on campus.
PLAN B: For Moderate Diners: You will have $1,410 to spend. Given a 16-week semester, your expenditures should average about $88 per week, or about $12.59 per day. Your dining pattern might include three moderate meals per day, or hearty meals during the week with weekends off.
PLAN C: The Basics: You will have $1,130 to spend. Given a 16-week semester, your expenditures should average about $71 per week, or about $10.09 per day. Are you budget savvy? Usually dine at Homestyle? Not a 4th meal person? This may be your plan!
PLAN D: Meal Plan Lite: (Available to Sophomores, Juniors & Seniors only) You will have $905 to spend in the dining facilities. During a 16-week semester, you should spend an average of about $56.56 per week, or about $8.08 per day. If you are a light diner, or often away from Campus, this plan may be right for you.
Use the table below to check if your purchases are keeping pace with your meal plan: Want to check your balance?
All fall meal plans are valid Saturday August 24, 2013 - Saturday December 14, 2013.
|Week||Start Date||Plan A||Plan B||Plan C||Plan D|
All Meal Money Accounts are set up with a pre-set vending account (deducted from balance after the base cost has been allocated): $80 for plans A and B, $50 for plan C and $30 for plan D. Food and beverage vending machines with card readers are located at Samuelson Pavilion, the Academic Commons, Keck Theater academic lobby, and at E. Norris, Rangeview and Bell-Young Residence Halls. Don't want to use vending? If you run out of meal money, any remaining vending funds will automatically be converted to meal money to be used in the dining facilities, earning the 50% discount, until a zero balance is reached. If you are on plan A or B and have vending funds remaining at the end of the semester, these funds will be added at full value to your rollover calculation.Purchases made at vending machines are not discounted.
If you would like to allocate funds from FLEX to Vending please contact the Card Office. Additional funds may not be allocated from Meal Money to Vending, and funds may not be allocated from rollover accounts to vending.
Campus Dining offers food out events for student groups. Meal plan participants receive approximately a 40% discount on this service. Your meal plan will be charged $5 for a box meal, $7 for each lunch or dinner event for which you are signed up, or $4.50 for each continental breakfast. Individual pre-ordered sack lunches are not available, but you may select items from the dining facilities and assemble one. Please see our food out event guide for more information.
Meal Plan Changes
First year students will make their initial meal plan selection with their housing contract. Students returning to housing will be placed on the same meal plan as the prior semester. Meal plan changes for fall semester may then be made on-line from July 15 - through Friday, August 30 at 5 p.m. On-line changes are free. After August 30, changes must be made in person in the Card Office. A $5 fee (cash or check only) will apply. The deadline for meal plan changes for fall is 5 p.m. on the Friday at the end of the second full week of classes (September 13, 2013).
If you move off campus you must inform the Card Office to cancel your meal plan in conjunction with the move. If you move out of campus housing and back in at a later date, you will automatically be placed on Meal Plan A and must notify the Card Office within two weeks if you want a different plan.
- Office: Johnson Student Center, 2nd Floor
- phone: (323) 259-2629
- e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org