Carnegie Mellon University

Use this page to learn how to manage your dining plan, use meal blocks, FLEX and DineXtra and make changes to your dining plan.

Manage Your Dining Plan

Managing your dining plan is easy using our Dining Portal. If you are an undergraduate or graduate student over the age of 18, you can use it to sign-up or make changes to your dining plan within the official dining plan change period.

Under the age of 18? You must complete the First-Year Dining Agreement [pdf] and return it to Carnegie Mellon University Dining Services at

To view your dining plan assignment and check your balance, visit: Student Information Online (SIO).

How to Use Your Dining Plan

Your dining plan, which includes meal blocks and FLEXible Spending Dollars (FLEX), is encoded on your Carnegie Mellon ID card, along with any additional DineXtra funds purchased. Visit any of our 35+ dining locations to use your meal blocks, FLEX or DineXtra funds. The cashier will simply swipe your card and you'll be on your way!

Additionally, FLEX and DineXtra can be used at our off-campus partner locations, campus vending machines or through our GET Food online and mobile food ordering platform from participating on-campus dining locations.

“Meals” or “blocks” include an entrée, side and beverage during the breakfast, lunch, and late-night meal periods, and two sides at the dinner meal period. Use your FLEX or DineXtra funds to upgrade your meal, add a dessert or purchase a snack for later. 

Traditional dining plan and community dining plan holders may use their allotted meal blocks throughout the semester. Meal blocks associated with each semester's dining plan expire on the last active date of the semester

A total of four meal blocks may be used each day. There are four meal periods per day: breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late-night. You can use up to two meal blocks during each of these periods. 
  • Breakfast: 3:30am-10:29:59am
  • Lunch: 10:30am-4:29:59pm
  • Dinner: 4:30pm-8:59:59pm
  • Late Night: 9:00pm-3:29:59am

FLEXible Spending Dollars and DineXtra

Flexible dollars and DineXtra are extra cash that can be used at any point during the semester. Flexible dollars are built into your dining plan, whereas DineXtra is funds that can be purchased in addition to a dining plan or as DineXtra alone. DineXtra is available to students throughout the academic year or summer months and to faculty and staff year-round. Both can be used to upgrade your meals with special options like premium entrées or to purchase items à la carte at any of our dining locations. Flexible dollars and DineXtra can be used at Entropy+, our campus convenience store, to purchase grocery items and other sundries, or at our campus vending machines. In addition to dining on campus, these funds can be used at some popular off-campus dining locations.

Unused flexible dollars do not roll over to the next semester. DineXtra balances do rollover from the fall to the spring semester and expire at the end of the spring semester. Faculty and staff DineXtra funds remain available for their entire tenure at the 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 the fall semester, you have a window of time to change your dining plan to adjust the mix of meals and flexible dollars. If you are eating a greater number of meal blocks during a given week, then it would be better to switch to a plan that has more meals/blocks. If you prefer to eat more snack foods or à la carte items, then it would be best to switch to a dining plan with more flexible dollars.

The Dining Portal will be closed from June 1, 2021 – August 2021, at which time no changes to your dining plan can be made. The portal will re-open August and remain open through the designated change period ending at 5:00 p.m. on September 24, 2021. You are permitted to increase to another Traditional Dining Plan at any time during the semester.

A full refund or charge will be received if a meal plan is canceled or changed before August 29, 2021. Any meal plan change made between August 29, 2021 – September 24, 2021, will be refunded based on actual meal plan usage. The new meal plan will be billed for a prorated amount.