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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I treat a friend by using two "meals" in a meal period?

You are the only person allowed to use your Meal Card and you can only use one meal per meal period. Guest Meal passes are sold at the checker’s desk in front of Welles Dining Hall.  You may, however, treat a friend in the Welles Dining Hall, Richardson Room or Book Club, using K Cash.

Do I need a Meal Plan?

All residents, except those in campus apartments or Living Learning Housing Units, are required to carry a meal plan.  Meal Plans allow you to enjoy the convenience of on-campus dining, as well as these other great benefits:

·         Guaranteed all-you-care-to-eat meals and the flexibility of grab-n-go items

·         No worries about carrying cash

·         Minutes from great food and comfortable locations

What is a Weekly Meal Allowance?

Your meal plan allows you a set number of meals per week - 20, 15, or 10 meals per term.  Your weekly meal allowance gives you the opportunity to enjoy all-you-care-to-eat dining for breakfast, lunch, and dinner in Welles Dining Hall.  In addition, the Flex Meal Exchange allows students access to combo meal options located in the Richardson Room and Book Club.  Each time you eat in one of the three venues, one meal is subtracted from your weekly meal allowance.

What is K Cash?

K Cash is a supplement to the weekly meal allowance, and can be used in the Welles Dining Hall, Richardson Room, and the Book Club. It works like a bank debit card; each time you make a purchase the total dollar amount is subtracted from the balance in your account.  

Can I change my meal plan?

Once selected, meal plan assignments can only be changed online at, Monday-Thursday of the first week of the quarter.  Please note that the above link is only active during the meal plan change periods.  To avoid confusion in assignments or billing, changes cannot be made by other persons at other times or by other offices.  If a change is made, a credit or new billing will be reflected on the student account. Please contact the Dining Services office for further questions.

If I don't use all my meals in a week, do they carry over to the following week?

Meals are good for a one week period. They don't carry over from one week to the next. It's key to select the best plans for your schedule and your dining styles so you get the max from your dining plan.

What do I do when my K Cash runs low?

Reload with K Cash Plus! If you run low, you can add K Cash Plus to your account using cash, check, money order or credit card. Simply go to the Dining Services Office in the lower level of the Hick’s Center to add K Cash Plus to your account.