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Your Dining Plan Options

Traditional Dining Plans

All first-year students are required to have a traditional dining plan. Traditional dining plans offer flexibility and convenience to all students. The traditional dining plans consist of value meals and flexible dollars. There are four different levels: green, blue, red and yellow. Each level offers different combinations of meal passes and flexible dollars so that students can pick a dining plan that best fits their needs and eating habits.  For more details about these and other plans, please view the 2014-2015 Dining Plan Agreement [pdf].

The yellow plan is specifically geared towards students living in Oakland community apartments or Greek housing. The yellow plan has fewer meal passes so that students have the flexibility to eat on campus with their classmates or use the kitchens provided in their apartments or fraternities and sororities.  This plan is available to all returning students and all first-year students assigned to Fairfax, Neville, the Residence on Fifth, Shady Oak, Shirley or Webster.

Community Dining Plans

Community dining plans are available to upper-class students, graduate students, faculty and staff. These plans offer lower amounts of meal passes and flexible dollars. Unlike the traditional dining plans, the meal passes on a community plan are allocated on a semester basis. Unused meal passes or flexible dollars do not roll over between semesters.

DineXtra Declining Balance Program

DineXtra plans are available to all students, even those who already have another dining plan. A DineXtra plan gives you extra flexibility and extra value. DineXtra dollars are better than cash: You get 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.) That difference means extra money to buy food. No wonder we call it DineXtra!