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Campus Meal Plan

How the Campus Meal Plan Works
Level Options for 2016-2017
Level Options for 2017-2018
Meal Plan Rates
Dining Commons Meal Prices
Savings with the Meal Plan
Purchasing the Plan
Adjusting Your Meal Plan Level
Manage Your Account
Add Funds to Your Meal Plan
Leftover Funds
Lost or Stolen id+ Card
Terms & Conditions

Designed for students living on campus

  • Six levels to choose from for 2016-2017 (changing to three levels for 2017-2018)
  • Cash free purchases with your Penn State id+ Card
  • Great value at all-you-care-to-eat locations for off-campus students who eat more than 14 meals a week on campus

How the Campus Meal Plan Works

Each time you visit a dining commons, campus restaurant, or on-campus convenience store, you can use your id+ card to purchase a meal, snack, or beverage.

Five Steps
  1. Choose a level that is best for you.
  2. Go to eLiving to purchase a campus meal plan. It will be charged to your student bursar account.
  3. Funds will be put into your account.
  4. Use your id+ card to make on-campus purchases.
  5. After making a purchase, funds will be deducted from your account and the remaining balance will be displayed on the register's screen.
The Meal Plan has Two Costs
  • Base cost: This is paid up front for the entire semester and covers non-food costs such as operating the dining commons (i.e. labor, supplies, maintenance, and utilities).
  • Dining dollars: This is the amount that can be spent for purchases. Each time you make a purchase, funds will be deducted from your account. The meal plan offers huge savings compared to paying with cash.

Level Options

  • How many meals will you eat on campus each week?
  • How many meals will be in the dining commons?
  • How many meals will be in the retail locations? (i.e. snack bars, coffee shops and convenience stores)

If you have a Housing and Food Service Contract, use our Meal Plan Calculator to help figure out the best meal plan level for you. Undergraduate students living in the residence halls must purchase a meal plan for each semester (fall and spring) as part of the Housing and Food Service Contract.

2016-2017 Meal Plan Rates
Level Dining Dollars Base Cost Total Cost
1 $755 $1,335 $2,110
2 $845 $1,335 $2,200
3 $905 $1,335 $2,260
4 $1,030 $1,335 $2,385
5 $1,110 $1,335 $2,465
6 $1,290 $1,335 $2,645

 

Meal Plan Level Changes for 2017-2018

Fall semester 2017 will bring a change to the Campus Meal Plan, offering Penn State students three level options instead of the current six levels. The new streamlined structure will make it simpler for students to choose a meal plan level that reflects their weekly eating habits.

The three levels of the Campus Meal Plan will offer an increasing amount of Dining Dollars.

  • Level 1 will provide about 7 to 10 meals per week and is comparable to the previous Level 1
  • Level 2 will provide 12 to 14 meals per week and is comparable to the previous Level 3
  • Level 3 covers 16 to 19 meals per week and is comparable to the previous Level 6.

These meal counts are estimated, as the actual number of meals purchased by each student will vary.

 

Dining Commons Meal Prices
Fall 2016/Spring 2017
Plan Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Campus Meal Plan $2.10 $3.85 $5.00
Campus Meal Plan Guest $4.20 $7.70 $10.00
Lion Cash+ $6.50 $10.20 $12.75
Cash $7.20 $11.35 $14.00
Children 6-10 years $3.00 $5.00 $6.50
Children under 6 free free free

Savings with the Meal Plan

With the Campus Meal Plan, you will receive major savings in the dining commons.

  • Enjoy a 65 percent discount at the all-you-care-to-eat dining commons.
  • Your guests can also enjoy on-campus dining with a 35 percent discount in the all-you-care-to-eat dining commons when you use your id+ card.
  • Retail locations offer a 10 percent discount to Campus Meal Plan members on prepared items.

Purchasing the Plan

Students living in the residence halls must purchase the plan with their Housing and Food Service Contract. Students living off campus or in a campus apartment may purchase the plan.

  • Choose a level that is best or you.
  • Go to eLiving to purchase a campus meal plan. It will be charged to your student bursar account.
  • Funds will be put into your account.
  • Plans are binding for the semester and balances are nonrefundable.
  • Use your id+ card to make on-campus purchases.
  • After making a purchase, funds will be deducted from your account and the remaining balance will be displayed on the register's screen.
  • Plans cannot be transferred or assigned to another individual.
  • Students who withdraw from the University will receive a prorated refund of the base cost.

Adjusting Your Meal Plan Level

eLiving allows you to manage your meal plan account and adjust your meal plan level until the last day of classes.

Manage Your Account

On the id+ card website, you can check your account balance, review your transaction history, or change your Campus Meal Plan level.

You must enter your Penn State Access Account information to authenticate and adjust your meal plan. You will then be able to view and update your account information.

Add Funds to Your Meal Plan

If your funds are running low, you can easily add funds to your existing plan at:

  • id+ Online
  • Housing and Food Service Office (Senat Hall)

Payment Options:

  • Cash
  • Check
  • Visa
  • MasterCard

Leftover Funds

  • If you purchase the meal plan within the first two weeks of spring semester, your leftover dining dollars from fall semester will carry over.
  • You may purchase a different level for spring.
  • Dining dollars left over from spring semester do not carry over and are forfeited.
  • Your summer semester dining dollars carry over to the fall semester if you've purchased the plan for the fall.
  • Levels can be changed at anytime until seven days before the last day of final exams.

Lost or Stolen id+ Card

If your id+ card has been lost or stolen, deactivate it immediately at the id+ card website or by calling 814-865-7590. Get your new card at the current replacement fee at the Housing and Food Services Office (Senat Hall) during normal business hours.

Terms & Conditions

Campus Meal Plan Refunds

Refunds for unused dining dollars will not be given at the end of the contracted period. Students are encouraged to monitor their dining dollar balance and modify the meal plan level as necessary. Refunds are not given if a student schedules classes that conflict with the meal schedule or who choose not to eat in the dining commons. All unused dining dollars remaining at the time of withdrawal or approved contract release will be credited at face value. A credit will not be given for an account with less than a $5.00 balance.

Semester Charges

The Campus Meal Plan base cost will be credited on a prorated daily refund schedule after the student has received an approved Contract release or officially withdrawals from the University. The refund amount is based on the date of the Contract cancellation. The refund will be applied to the student's Bursar account and will be refunded less any outstanding charges against the account.

Transfer of the Campus Meal Plan to Another Student

The Campus Meal Plan cannot be transferred or assigned to another student. The id+ Card is used as the meal access card and may be used only by the student to whom the card is issued.

Removing Food or Unauthorized Entry into the Dining Commons

When dining in the all-you-care-to-eat locations, the only takeout options are one piece of hand fruit (apple, orange, or banana) and one ice cream cone. Removing additional food or beverages, dishes, or silverware from the dining room or entering the dining commons without paying for the meal will be considered theft. Theft in the dining commons is a serious issue that will result in disciplinary action by the Office of Residence Life, the Office of Student Conduct and/or Police Services. Further repercussions could include cancellation of the contract. Housing and Food Services reserves the right ot examine customers' backpacks or bags when they exit the dining commons. Acts of horseplay, food fights, and inline skates are prohibited. If a student violates this policy, he or she will be subject to disciplinary action.