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What is the difference between Flex$ and Dining$?

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What are Vending Funds?
Vending Funds are dollars that you can use in select vending machines. You have $10 of vending funds included in your meal plan.

What is Cash Equivalency
You can trade in a meal for $8.75 worth of food items in our retail food locations, up to 200 times per year.

For the weekly meal plans, what day does the week begin?
The weekly plans reset on Monday. This means your weekly allotment of meals runs from Monday to Sunday.

Can I use the Cash Equivalency at night at The Lazy Scholar?
Residence Dining Plan and Optional Tax Exempt Plan holders have 200 Cash Equivalency meals per year as part of their meal plan. These can be used in select retail locations, including The Lazy Scholar at night.

How much can I spend in the retail locations on a Cash Equivalency?
In exchange for one meal in the residence dining halls, you can visit one of our retail locations and spend up to $8.75. You can use cash, Flex$ or Dining$ for the balance of purchases greater than the $8.75.

How many Cash Equivalency meals do I get?
Cash Equivalency meals are part of our Residence Dining Plans and Optional Tax Exempt Plans. If you are on one of these plans, you can enjoy up to 200 Cash Equivalency meals per year.

Can I use my meal plan in the retail locations?
Residence Dining Plan and Optional Tax Exempt Plan holders have 200 Cash Equivalency meals per year as part of their meal plan. These meals can be used in our retail locations. In addition, you can use your Flex$ & Dining$ for purchases in our retail locations.

Can I bring a friend to the dining hall and can he/she use my meal plan? ?
Your meal plan is for your use only and you can not lend or borrow a meal card. However, you can use cash, Flex$ or Dining$ to buy your friend a meal in our dining halls. If you are on a Residence Dining Plans or a Worry Free plan, you can use one of you five guest passes to treat your friend to a meal at the discounted price of $4.00.

How many meals do you serve per week?
Our dining halls are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Monday through Friday. On weekends breakfast, brunch and dinner is available on Saturday. Sunday breakfast and brunch are available. This is a total of 20 meals per week.

Is there a deadline to purchase my meal plan?
Some deadlines do apply. Students on Residence Dining Plans should select their meal plan before September 1st. If you find you have selected a meal plan that does not meet your needs, you can change to another plan any time before September 30, 2014. Optional meal plans can be purchased any time before March 31, 2015.  Commuter Plans and Dining$ can be purchased at any time during the academic year.

Can I receive a refund for meals not used?
Meal plans are non-refundable. As a result, even a partial refund is not available. The cost of your meal plan is structured to cover the operating expenses of the food service operations. An average number of missed meals is already factored into the cost of your plan. We do this to keep the overall cost of your meal plan as low as possible.

Why can’t my unused meals carry over to the next academic year?
Tax regulations require that a tax exempt meal plan have a defined term and be non-refundable.

How many weeks are there in a school year?
The academic year is approximately 32 weeks long.

What plan do most students choose?
There is no quick answer to this question, as we have seen the favourite plan change year over year.  However, choosing the right meal plan for you should be based on your individual dining habits. Many people have found it best to use our online selector to choose the meal plan they feel will meet their needs. Then once you are on campus for a few weeks and have your class schedule, ask yourself if your original selection is still the best for you. If not, you can switch to one of our other meal plans any time before September 30.