Dining Plan Changes-Dining Services - Carnegie Mellon University

Dining Plan Changes

Don't worry if you are unsure about which plan is right for you. Eating habits can often change in college so we give you the flexibility to adjust them.

At the beginning of every semester, you have a window of time to adjust the mix of meals and flexible dollars of your dining plan. If you are eating more complete meals during a given week, then it would be better to switch to a level in your plan that has more meals/blocks. If you prefer to eat more snack foods or separate items, then it would be best to switch to a level with more flexible dollars.

All meal plan changes must take place during the official dining plan change period at the beginning of each semester:

  • In the fall 2015 semester, you may change to other options within you plan color or increase/decrease your meal plan on or before 5:00 pm, on Thursday, September 10, 2015.  
  • In the spring semester, you may change to other options within your plan color or increase your dining plan to one with a higher number of biweekly meals on or before 5:00 pm, on Thursday, January 21, 2016. You may not decrease your dining plan for the spring semester.

Login to the Dining Portal to make your meal plan changes before the meal plan change deadlines at the beginning of each semester.

After the deadline, you are only permitted to make changes to you meal plan due to a leave of absence, withdrawal, academic suspension, or if you are studying abroad. Changes after the deadlines must be requested via the Dining Plan Change Form and submitted to the Dining Services office.

You may only submit one change request during the meal-plan change periods. When you make changes, you will be refunded a prorated amount effective as of the next biweekly dining plan period. Changes made before or on the change deadlines will be approved and modified by the start of the third biweekly period.

Greek Students

Students joining a Greek organization that has a dining plan (commercial kitchen) and moving into Greek housing may cancel their dining plan on or before 5:00 pm, September 10, 2015, for the fall semester and 5:00 pm, January 21, 2016, for the spring semester and receive a prorated refund. To cancel their dining plan, students must return a completed Dining Plan Change Form, financial sign-over form for the dining plan, and signed documentation of the move on the Greek organization letterhead to be verified and approved by the Dining Services office.

Students who join a Greek organization that has a dining plan (commercial kitchen) but remain in non-Greek housing may reduce their dining plan the week following the formal rush period to a yellow plan and receive a prorated refund. To reduce their dining plan, participants must return a completed Dining Plan Change Form, financial sign-over form for the meal plan, and signed documentation of the membership on the Greek organization letterhead to be verified and approved by the Dining Services office.

Participants joining a Greek organization without a dining plan (commercial kitchen) are not permitted to reduce their dining plan.

Special Dietary Needs

Students with special medical needs who would like to change or reduce their meal plan will need to have their dining needs evaluated by a University Health Services professional staff member. To start this process, please turn in a Special Needs Dining Form to University Health Services.