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Residential Students | Commuter Students | Dine Dollars Account | Frequently Asked Questions

Cal U's comprehensive dining membership program saves time and money and helps you eat when and how you like. The membership you choose is programmed into your CalCard. There are four membership options for residential students, six for commuters and the great Dine Dollars program for everyone.

The more meals you commit to purchasing, the more money you'll save on each meal. Many students do not eat all of their meals each week, and pricing is done with that in mind. Besides, "eating in" saves students the hassle of shopping, cooking and cleaning up.

Dine Dollars, part of every meal membership, are accepted like cash in all of our dining locations. You can draw from your Dine Dollars for snacks, beverages or whole meals for you and your friends. Each purchase is deducted from your account, and the cashier can always tell you how many Dine Dollars you have left. You can deposit funds to your Dine Dollars account via online CalCard Services at https://calcard-SP.blackboard.com/eaccounts

The meal week runs Monday to Sunday.  Meals and CalCards are non-transferable and may not be used by any other person. Students may use up to three (3) meals per day maximum, one meal per meal period

If you wish to change your meal plan membership, please contact the Office of Housing and Residence Life (phone: 724-938-4444 or e-mail: housing@calu.edu) located in Residence Hall B during the permitted adjustment period. Adjustments can be made without financial penalty up to the close of business on the Friday immediately preceding the start of the semester. Meal plan adjustments which occur between the close of business on the Friday immediately preceding the start of the semester and the close of business on the first Friday of the semester will be assessed a fee based on the adjustment; cancellations will be charged 10% of the base meal plan rate plus dine dollars expended. After the adjustment period, meal plans can be cancelled and a partial refund made only upon complete withdrawal from the University. No credit shall be given to students for meals missed on any meal plan. Dine dollars carry over from the fall to the spring semester, but any remaining balance is forfeited at the end of the academic year.
 

Residential Students


  • 19 Meal Plan (19 meals per week including $200 dine dollars)                   $1,823
  • 14 Meal Plan (14 meals per week including $200 dine dollars)                   $1,747
  • 10 Meal Plan (10 meals per week including $200 dine dollars)                   $1,671
  • 125/$200 Block Plan (125 meals per semester includes $200 dine dollars)  $1,337

Commuter Students

Commuter students may choose any of the above memberships, for use in the same venues, at the same prices offered to residential students. In addition, commuters have the following meal choices:

  • 100/$100 Block Plan (100 meals per semester includes $100 dine dollars)  $985
  • 75/$100 Block Plan (75 meals per semester includes $100 dine dollars)     $681

 

 Students requesting an off campus meal plan after the add/drop period are required to make payment in full for the meal plan prior to the meal plan being authorized.

Click here to download a copy of the off campus meal plan contract.

Dine Dollars Account

The Dine Dollars program is designed for the off-campus and commuter student. A Dine Dollars account gives you access to all dining facilities. Dine Dollars may be added at any time via the online CalCard Services at https://Calcard-sp.blackboard.com/eaccounts

Through the online CalCard Services students are able to make deposits, view account balances and transaction history via the web, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Dine dollars will carry from the fall to the spring semester, but any remaining balance is forfeited at the end of the academic year.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can I change my meal membership?
A
. Yes, if you wish to change your meal plan membership, please contact the Office of Housing and Residence Life (phone: 724-938-4444 or e-mail: housing@calu.edu) located in Residence Hall B during the permitted adjustment period. Adjustments can be made without financial penalty up to the close of business on the Friday immediately preceding the start of the semester. Meal plan adjustments which occur between the close of business on the Friday immediately preceding the start of the semester and the close of business on the first Friday of the semester will be assessed a fee based on the adjustment; cancellations will be charged 10% of the base meal plan rate plus dine dollars expended. After the adjustment period, meal plans can be cancelled and a partial refund made only upon complete withdrawal from the University.

Q. When are the meal plan hours?
A. There are four time periods that we accept your meals.
7:00 am - 10:30 am
10:30 am - 3:30 pm
3:30 pm - 8:00 pm
8:00 pm - 12:00am

Q. Will my meals carry over if I don't use them all in one week?
A.
19, 14 and 10 meal plans DO NOT carry over and reset weekly. The 125 block meal plan membership or 75 block meal plan membership DO carry over week to week until the end of the semester. To get full value of your dollars, choose the meal membership that best fits your schedule and eating habits.

Q. May I treat a friend with my meal membership?
A
. Yes. Five meals per semester may be used in the Gold Rush Dining Room as guest meals. You may use your Dine Dollars any time to treat a friend.

Q. What happens to unused Dine Dollars at semester's end?
A.
Unused Dine Dollars transfer from fall to spring semester, but don't transfer at the end of spring semester. They're not refundable and can't be transferred to the new academic year.

Q. What's a "missed meal factor"?
A.
Because students don't generally eat all their meals each week, memberships are priced with that in mind. Students on memberships with fewer meals tend to eat a higher percentage of their meals, thus their per-meal cost is higher. No credit shall be given to students for meals missed on any meal plan