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Dining with the LakerCard

Meal Plans

Meal plans are your best value for dining on campus. The Lakeside Dining Hall, where you will use your meal plan, is an all-you-care-to-eat dining location with selections including a hot line meat and vegetarian options, a grill, brick-oven pizza, a salad bar, a sandwich bar, desserts, and beverages.

Semester Meal Plans

Residents in Laker Hall must purchase one of the required meal plans. Meal plans are selected on the Housing Contract and are automatically billed to your student account. For more information about Laker Hall meal plans including prices, service days, meal plan use, and meal plan changes, visit Laker Hall Meal Plans. For full details about Laker Hall meal plan refunds, visit Meal Plan Refunds.

Commuter/Block Plans

Purchasing a Meal Plan

In person: Meal plans may be purchased at the LakerCard Center with cash, credit/debit, or LakerBucks.

Remote: Meal plans may also be purchased for a student by a parent or guest by making a deposit to their LakerBucks account online. Your student will then go to the LakerCard Center to complete the meal plan purchase using LakerBucks. Before you begin, you’ll need:

  • Your student's LakerID (900xxxxxx)
    • Step 1: Review Commuter Student Meal Plan and Dining Dollar plan options below and decide which plan you wish to purchase. Make a note of the amount of the meal plan.
    • Step 2: Click the LakerCard Online icon below and select Guest Deposit (note: you must know the LakerID of the person for whom you’re making the deposit.)
    • Step 3: Complete the LakerBucks deposit process
    • Step 4: Notify your student of the deposit and direct them to the LakerCard Center to purchase their meal plan.

LakerCard Online

Please note: Unused meals and Dining Dollars from fall semester carry forward to spring semester. At the end of spring semester, unused meals are forfeited. Any Dining Dollar balance under $7 will be forfeited. Balances of $7 and greater will be refunded via your refund preference with BankMobile Disbursements, a technology solution, powered by BMTX, Inc. Note: any debts owed to the University will first be satisfied before Dining Dollars are refunded.

Meal Plan Options

Laker Hall Residents

A Semester Meal Plan is required for all Laker Hall residents. You may choose one of the following plans on your Housing contract:

  • Blue Plus: 19 meals per week at the Lakeside Dining Hall plus $50 Dining Dollars
  • Blue: 19 meals per week at the Lakeside Dining Hall (no Dining Dollars)
  • Meal Exchange: A meal exchange allows a Blue or Blue Plus meal swipe to be used at any retail dining location (except Chick-fil-A).
    • Meal Swipe values
      • Breakfast: $4.50
      • Lunch or Dinner: $7.00
      • Any amount over the amount listed above can be paid by cash, credit, LakerBucks, or Dining Dollars.
    • Meal Exchange Limit: One meal exchange per day, per student.

Commuter Students and Laker Village Residents

Commuter/Block Plans are available to commuter students and Laker Village residents. Plans may be purchased in the LakerCard Center using cash, credit/debit, or Bookstore Bucks (during Bookstore Bucks dates).

  • Starter Plan: 5 meals (no Dining Dollars)
  • 25+: 25 meals + $75 Dining Dollars
  • 50+: 50 meals + $100 Dining Dollars
  • 75+: 75 meals + $125 Dining Dollars

Dining Dollars

Dining Dollars are funds reserved specifically for food purchases at on-campus dining locations. They offer flexibility and variety and are included with most meal plans. (Dining Dollars may not be used at vending machines or for snacks in the Loch Shop or Loch’s Nest.)

Dining dollar purchases are tax-exempt, saving you 8% sales tax on every transaction.

Dining dollar plans may also be purchased separately from a meal plan.  Dining dollar options are listed below: 

Dining Dollar Plans

  • 25 Dining Dollars  
  • 100 Dining Dollars – this plan costs $95 and gives you $5 in additional dining dollars
  • 250 Dining Dollars:  - this plan costs $225 and gives you $25 in additional dining dollars!

Dining Dollar Refunds

Unused Dining Dollars from fall semester carry forward to spring semester. Unused Dining Dollars at the end of spring semester will be refunded to the student account. If a debt to the University exists on the student account, the debt will be satisfied, and any remaining credit balance of $10 or more will be refunded based upon your refund preference through BankMobile Disbursements, a technology solution, powered by BMTX, Inc. Issuance of refunds may take up to fourteen (14) business days.