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Meal Plan General Information

The UW-Whitewater Dining Services meal plans provide exceptional value for both residential and off campus members of the University community. The UW-W Dining Services meal plan program provides you with a wide variety of fresh meals to choose from all day long, AND they offer the convenience of no clean up or shopping for food.

The cost of your meal plan will vary depending on which plan and level of Dining Dollars you choose. The price you pay for a meal plan (but not Add-on Dining Dollars) is divided into two segments:

The Administrative Fee: This segment of the meal plan cost is used to pay for all the kitchen equipment and services, furniture, maintenance of the building and the kitchen, utilities, cleaning supplies and staff, and all remodeling and repairs. The administrative fee portion of the meal plan is not available for purchasing meals.

The Meal Plan: This segment of the meal plan cost is available for food purchase in campus dining facilities. The university offers four plan choices. Each with its own advantages. It's your choice!

Read the terms and conditions of UW-Whitewater meal plans.


Important Meal Plan Guidelines

Meal plans offer students the option of selecting the number of meals they wish to eat each week or over the course of an entire semester.

  1. The meal plan week starts on Monday with breakfast and runs through Sunday late night meal period.
  2. Every Monday morning at 4:00 AM the computer resets all student accounts for the next week.
  3. Students signed up for a meal plan must present their HawkCard (ID card) to the UW-W Dining Services cashier prior to entering the Esker Hall or Drumlin Hall serving areas.
  4. Unused meals do not transfer over from week to week.
  5. "Guest Meals" can be used from Thursday dinner thru the Sunday late night meal, provided the account holder has enough meals left to use.
  6. Individual meals may also be purchased with Dining Dollars, Purple Points, cash, check or credit card.
  7. Meal Plans are not transferable.
  8. HawkCards are not transferable. Misused HawkCard's will be confiscated.
  9. Final plan pricing reflects allowances for partial weeks when fewer meals are offered.


Meal Plan Special Features

Guest Meals

Guest Meals are available for students who have signed up for a Fixed Meal Plan and can be used if there is a sufficient weekly meal plan balance. Guest meals are for guests of UW-W students and are available each weekend beginning with dinner on Thursday through the late night meal period on Sundays, except for move-in weekend.

Sack Lunches

Sack lunches are prepared lunches available for take out from the dining facilities. Students who have work, school, or other University sponsored obligations that conflict with Residence Dining Service hours can contact the dining hall manager to make arrangements. Advance notice is required.

Special Diets

Students with special dietary needs should contact the HawkCard Office. A referral will be made to the University's registered dietician. In most cases, an accommodation can be made for students. Regardless of medical condition or religious beliefs, UW-Whitewater and the HawkCard Office shall make every effort to accommodate a student's needs. If UW-Whitewater is unable to satisfy special dietary needs, the student shall be released from any existing meal plan contract. Students must provide written evidence from a physician or clergy person that identifies specific circumstances that require special dietary consideration or exemption.

Sick Trays

Students who are ill need not miss a meal. Sick trays are available for students who are ill. Request may be arranged by the student or the student's Resident Assistant. Requests for a period longer then two days must be accompanied by a note from a physician. Contact the dining facility manager to make arrangements. Advance notice is required.


Am I required to have a meal plan?

According to policy of the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents, all freshman and sophomore students are required to reside in University operated Residence Halls during the academic year. If students wish to be exempt from the "Residency Requirement," they need to file the Application for Exemption form prior to signing a housing contract.

As stated in the University Housing Contract, "if you are a freshman or sophomore, you also agree to subscribe to one meal plan offered at the University."

Exceptions to this policy include:

  1. Students who have completed 60 credits or more.
  2. Married students.
  3. Veterans.
  4. Students who have resided in the residence halls for at least two full years.
  5. Students recognized by the University as having independent status.
  6. Students with Junior, Senior, or Commuter status.
  7. Students 21 years of age or older. 

Exemptions to the mandatory meal plan policy will not be granted for employment reasons, class schedule conflicts, or for financial reasons. Exemptions will be considered for medical reasons only. The "Meal Plan Exemption" form is available in the HawkCard Office, UC 250.


Fixed meal plans:

Students have the opportunity to choose from 10, 14, 19, or 24 meals per week, plus a choice between $50, $75, $100, or $150 in Add-on Dining Dollars each semester. Add-On Dining Dollars provides extra meals, snacks,or food from any of the campus dining halls or restaurants.

The Fixed Meal Plan allows only one meal to be eaten during a meal period. There are 26 meal periods per week: breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night, Monday-Friday and brunch, dinner and late night on Saturdays and Sundays.

Final plan pricing reflects allowances for partial weeks when fewer meals are offered.

2013-14 prices per semester:

The 24 Meal Plan: $1,200 + Add-on Dining Dollars

Students have the opportunity to eat 24 of the 26 meals offered each week. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night are served daily while brunch, dinner and late night are served on the weekends. This plan is designed for the student who regularly eats 3-4 meals a day and/or will staying on campus most of the weekends each semester. This plan offers the lowest average cost per meal.

The 19 Meal Plan: $1,175 + Add-on Dining Dollars

Students have the opportunity to eat 19 of the 26 meals offered each week. This plan is designed for the student who regularly eats 3 meals a day and/or will staying on campus most of the weekends each semester.

The 14 Meal Plan: $1,150 + Add-on Dining Dollars

Students have the opportunity to eat 14 of the 26 meals offered each week. This plan is an option for students who don't regularly eat breakfast and will be staying on campus about half of the weekends each semester. This is the most commonly chosen plan by UW-W students.

The 10 Meal Plan: $1,130 + Add-on Dining Dollars

Students have the opportunity to eat 10 of the 26 meals offered each week. This plan is designed for students who are light eaters or for those students who go home most weekends.


Pricing Your Meal Plan

Choose a meal plan from the rows on the left, then choose an Add-on Dining Dollar amount from one of the columns. The total cost of the meal plan is determined by the combination of prices in the corresponding columns and rows. This gives you more flexibility in creating a plan that fits your individual needs. For example, if you choose 14 meals per week ($1,010) and $75 Dining Dollars ($75), your cost would be $1,085. Final plan pricing reflects allowances for partial weeks when fewer meals are offered.

2013-14 Fixed Meal Plan prices per semester:

  DINING DOLLARS (Per Semester)
$50 $75 $100 $150 Cost/week Avg. Cost/meal

Meals Per Week (cost per semester)

 10 Meals ($1,130) $1,180 $1,205 $1,230 $1,280 $70.63 $7.06
14 Meals ($1,150) $1,200 $1,225 $1,250 $1,300 $71.88 $5.13
19 Meals ($1,175) $1,225 $1,250 $1,275 $1,350 $73.44 $3.87
24 Meals ($1,200) $1,250 $1,275 $1,300 $1,350 $75.00 $3.13

Dining Dollar Meal Plans:

Dining Dollars are flexible funds that accompany a meal plan or are stand alone plans when a Full or Mega plan is chosen. Students can spend them at any campus restaurant. The Dining Dollars feature provides greater flexibility to the meal plan program. They provide for purchases at any campus restaurant for yourself or an accompanying guest. $50 in Dining Dollars is the same as $50 cash, and you can buy items from any menu or at any market (convenience store). They are accepted at all campus restaurants.

Students have the opportunity to choose from the Full Dining Dollar Plan or the Mega Dining Dollar Plan. These plans can be used in any of the University Dining locations. With the Full or Mega Dining Dollar plans, students pay full retail prices at any of the campus restaurants or dining halls (but no sales tax). Students choosing one of these plans should budget their usage carefully to ensure the plan will last through the entire semester. See the chart below for the average weekly redemption values for each plan.

If a Full Dining Dollar plan or Mega Dining Dollar plan runs out before the end of the semester, a student will need to purchase another meal plan at it's prorated price.

The Full Dining Dollar Plan per semester: Cost - $1,310, Redemption Value - $917

This plan is designed to offer the average student the equivalent of 6-7 meals per week.

The Mega Dining Dollar Plan per semester: Cost - $1,910, Redemption Value - $1,432.50

This plan is the same as the Full Dining Dollar Plan, but has $515.50 more spending money during the semester. This plan is designed to offer the students the equivalent of 10-11 meals per week.

Students desiring all Dining Dollars may choose one of the following plans:

MEAL PLAN PRICE PER SEMESTER REDEMPTION VALUE PER SEMESTER AVG. WEEKLY REDEMPTION
Full Dining Dollar Plan $1,310 $917 $57.31
Mega Dining Dollar Plan $1,910 $1,432.50 $89.53

Off Campus Students and Exempt Meal Plans

* Students not required to have a meal plan may choose the My Meals Meal Plan. See the "Am I required to have a Meal Plan?" section above for more information.

* "My Meals" must be used up by the end of the spring semester. There are no refunds for unused meals in this plan.

"My Meals" can be used at any time and any dining location on campus. A "meal" is typically defined as a main course, side dish, and beverage. "My Meals" meal options are posted at each campus dining location. Read the My Meals brochure for a complete list of the various campus locations and meal combinations.

Additional meals may be added anytime throughout the semester. Remaining meals roll over from fall to spring semesters, but not from spring to fall.

MEAL PLAN PRICE AVG. WEEKLY COST/SEMESTER PER MEAL
My Meals (25 Meals) $169.00 $10.56 $6.76
MyMeals (50 Meals) $338.00 $21.12 $6.76
My Meals (75 Meals) $507.00 $31.69 $6.76
Additional 10 Meals $67.60 $4.23 $6.76

2013-14 Individual Meal Prices.

Provided at Esker Hall, Prairie St. Cafe, Drumlin Market and the Schaffer Commons (breakfast only).
MEAL DINING DOLLARS PURPLE POINTS CASH (tax incl.)
Breakfast $4.11 $4.57 $4.84
Lunch, Brunch $5.78 $6.43 $6.80
Dinner $6.61 $7.35 $7.78
Steak Night $7.25 $8.06 $8.53
Premium Entree $7.25 $8.06 $8.53

If you have further questions, see the Meal Plan Frequently Asked Questions web page.

Click here to read the terms and condition of UW-Whitewater meal plans.