Selecting or Changing a Meal Plan
Meal plans selections are for the current academic year only and do not carry over from year to year. All students who will be on the full meal plan (20-meal or 14-meal plans) will select their preferred meal plan over the summer. Any student who does not select a meal plan during that time will be assigned the 20-meals per week option.
All students who are eligible for the 7-meal plan, the 5-meal plan or who are eligible for a meal plan exemption will indicate their preferred meal plan when they select their housing option. Students eligible for the 7-meal plan, the 5-meal plan or for a meal plan exemption and who wish to change their meal plan should contact our office; those individuals should not complete the form linked below.
Please note that while you may change your meal plan any day of the week leading up to the deadlines below, the meal plan system only updates early on Friday mornings. This means that you will not be able to access the updated allotment of meals and/or flex cash until the Friday morning following when you submit your updated meal plan preference.
Process and timeline
Students deciding between the 20-meal or 14-meal plan may select their meal plan using the link below. Fall semester selections can be made May 1 through 4:00 pm August 16. This is the deadline to ensure Dining Services has time to enter meal selections into their system before the meal plan takes effect.
Selections or changes to fall semester meal plan selections made August 17 through 4:00 pm August 30 will not be reflected on the account until the meal system resets early morning on August 31.
The deadline to make changes to fall semester meal plans is 4:00 pm on September 6 (the Thursday of the second week of Block 1). Changes made by the deadline will be reflected on the account when the meal system resets early morning on September 7.
Spring Semester Selections
Meal plan selections from the fall will automatically carry over into the spring semester. Students who wish to change their meal plan selection for the spring semester can submit the form linked below beginning at Noon on November 26 (the start of Block 4). Students will continue on their current meal plan through the balance of the fall semester.
Spring semester meal plan selections made by 4:00 pm on January 9 will be reflected on the account when the meal plan turns back on January 13. Selections made after 4:00 pm on January 9 will not be reflected on the account until the meal system resets early morning January 18.
The deadline to make changes to fall semester meal plans is 4:00 pm on January 17 (the Thursday of the first week of Block 5).
Additional information about changing a meal plan
If you change from the 20-meals per week option to the 14-meals per week option, then a $200.00 allotment of flex dollars will be added to your account. If you change from the 14-meals per week option to the 20-meals per week option, the change will be readily processed if you have not spent any of that semester's $200 allotment of flex dollars. If you have spent any of that flex dollar allotment, you will be required to repay what you have spent before the change can be processed.
The 20-meals per week and the 14 meals per week options are the same cost. The 14-meals per week option includes flex dollars each semester. The 20-meals per week option is a better per meal value and is a good choice for students who eat three meals a day most days while the 14 -meals per week option offers additional flexibility and is a good choice for students who eat two meals a day most days. Refer to the College's tuition and fees for current meal plan rates.
Students may choose or change their meal plan for the 2018-2019 fall semester beginning at Noon on Tuesday, May 1st. (Cornell username and password required).