Your Options-Dining Services - Carnegie Mellon University

Your Dining Plan Options

DineXtra Declining Balance Program

DineXtra is available to all students throughout the academic year. You can purchase DineXtra dollars along with a traditional or community meal plan or just as DineXtra dollars alone. DineXtra is better than cash because you receive a bonus value of up to 10% of the amount added. (The bonus is 1% for $100, 2% for $200, and so on up to 10% for $1,000).

Community Dining Plans

Community Dining plans are particularly suited to fit the needs of graduate students. Students can be very flexible in how they chose to use their meals/blocks because these plans offer a certain amount of meals per semester. Have a busy week and plan on eating on-campus almost every day? Going out of town the next week for an interview? The community dining plans give you the flexibility to eat meals where and when you want. These plans also include flexible dollars so that students can purchase food items outside of their meals/blocks.

Tartan Flex

$4,700 per year/
$2,350 per semester

Scotty's Choice

$2,688 per year/
$1,344 per semester

Whitfield's Favor

$1,836 per year/
$918 per semester

Piper Select

$1,194 per year/
$597 per semester

It's important to note that unused meals/blocks and flexible dollars do not roll over between semesters.

Why Use Meal Blocks?

Meal blocks consist of an entree, drink, and side(s) all for one price. This flat-rate price is more cost-efficient than buying each piece separately and is an option available at all dining locations on campus.

Meal Blocks

Traditional Dining Plans

Traditional Dining plans offer value through the block/meal program and flexibility via the Flexible dollars provided per semester. There are four different levels of traditional plans, and within each level, you can choose among various combinations of meals/blocks, flexible dollars, and guest meals. Meals are added to your account in biweekly increments. At the end of each two-week period, you are given a new allotment of meals (unused meals/blocks do not roll into the next two-week period).

GREEN PLAN ($5,914 per year / $2,957 per semester)

Green Meal Plan

BLUE PLAN ($5,602 per year / $2,801 per semester)

Blue Meal Plan

RED PLAN ($5,310 per year / $2,655 per semester)

Red Meal Plan

YELLOW PLAN ($2,666 per year / $1,333 per semester)

Yellow Meal Plan