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Frequently Asked Questions

What are Board Bucks?

Board Bucks are cash values included in all meal plans. They work like a prepaid debit card with funds kept on your student ID card. Board Bucks may be used at any on-campus dining location.

Do Board Bucks carry over from year to year?

Board Bucks for on campus meal plans must be utilized by the end of the Spring semester and cannot be requested in a refund.
Commuter meal plans and their associated Board bucks will be carried over to the next semester and/or next academic year until the balances are depleted.

Do Block Meals carry over from semester to semester?

Block meals may be used during the semester in which are purchased. They do not carry over from semester to semester.

Can I change my meal plan if it does not fit my needs?

Students may change their meal plan once per semester. Changes are initiated online via eCommon and must occur prior to the end of the College’s add/drop period. Changes made will be effective no later than the Monday following the submission of the student’s change request form.

Additional changes will be granted under extreme circumstances by appealing to the Food and Housing Petition Board. Please contact the Office of Housing and Residence Life for information regarding the petition process.

If I'm not a Resident Hall Student, where do I buy my meal plan?

Off-campus students can Purchase a Commuter Meal Plan beginning August 26, 2013.

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Important Info

Selecting a Meal Plan
On Campus: All students are defaulted to the Flex plan. We recommend that all students wait until they have determined where their classes are, where they are living and where they will be eating before making a change to the meal plan. Meal plans can be changed ONCE per semester via eCommon.
Off-Campus: Off-campus students can follow this link to Purchase a Commuter Meal Plan

Changing a Meal Plan
Students may change their meal plan once per semester. Changes are initiated online via eCommon and must occur prior to the end of the College’s add/drop period. Changes made will be effective no later than the Monday following the submission of the student’s change request form.
Additional changes will be granted under extreme circumstances by appealing to the Food and Housing Petition Board. Please contact the Office of Housing and Residence Life for information regarding the petition process.

Board Bucks
Board Bucks for on campus meal plans must be utilized by the end of the Spring semester and cannot be requested in a refund.
Commuter meal plans and their associated Board bucks will be carried over to the next semester and/or next academic year until the balances are depleted.

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