How Your Dining Plan Works
We have designed our dining plans so that you can chose when, where and what you want to eat to best fit your needs. Your dining plan is encoded on your Carnegie Mellon ID card so that you have easy access to your account wherever you go.
There are several different ways to use your dining plan on campus. Our traditional dining plans consist of value meals combined with a declining balance account called flexible dollars. Upperclass students can purchase a community dining plan or a DineXtra only plan which acts as a declining balance account for the entire semester.
Meal PassesStudent who have purchased a traditional or community dining plan are able to use meal passes at any dining location. There are four meal periods per day - breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night. You can use one pass during each of these meal periods. Passes normally consist of an entrée, side dishes and a drink. When you are paying for your meal, the default order for payment is meal passes, flexible dollars, and then DineXtra and PlaidCa$h. Please tell the cashier if you would like to use a different order.
Guest MealsAre your parents or friends coming to visit? The two guest meals per semester are included in your traditional dining plan allow your guests to enjoy campus food with you! You can also use these meals if you would like to use two meals during one pass period. These guest meals can be redeemed at any time during the semester.
Flexible Dollars and DineXtraFlexible dollars and DineXtra are dollars that can be used at any point during the semester. They can be used to upgrade your meal passes with special options like premium entrées or to purchase items a la carte at any of our dining locations. Flexible dollars and DineXtra can also be used at Entropy, the campus convenience store, to purchase grocery items to supplement your daily meals. In addition to dining locations on campus, they are also accepted at Eat n' Park (Murray Ave), Vocelli's Pizza (Baum Blvd) and Subway (S. Craig St) off campus.
Unused flexible dollars do not roll over to the next semester. DineXtra balances do roll over from the fall to the spring semester, but your account expires at the end of the spring semester.