Meal Plan FAQs
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Please note: the minimum meal plan for undergraduate hall residents is the 12 Classic/15 Cafe Credits plan.
If you’re looking for flexibility (want to use a la carte locations, bring a friend, or dine outside traditional hours), choose a plan with a combination of classic meals and Café Credits. You can use your Café Credits to pick up a quick bagel or sandwich on the go, or choose to meet your friends later in the evening for pizza and hot sandwiches. You can also use your Café Credits to purchase additional classic meals or bring guests to a meal. Combination meal plans: 12 Classic/15 Café Credits per week; 10 Classic/45 Café Credits per week.
For the ultimate flexibility, choose the All Café Credits Plan. The All Café Credits Plan gives you the most flexibility in how and where you dine. The plan allows you to customize the number of classic meals and a la carte meals you wish each day. Still hungry? Add Extra Credits to your i-card account anytime. All Cafe Credits Plan: 130 Cafe Credits per week (see info about credit rollover below).
If you eat most of your meals in a residence hall dining room during traditional meal hours, choose a plan with classic meals. These plans allow you to enter a dining hall using a meal credit up to 7 times per day (up to your plan's limit). If you think you’ll choose an a la carte meal once in a while or treat a friend, add Extra Credits to your i-card account anytime. Plans with Classic Meals only: 6 classic meals per week (graduate hall and off-campus students only); Maximum Classic (dine up to 7 times per day).
The Maximum Classic gives you access to all Classic locations on campus, up to 7 times per day! You can have as much or as little as you like in all of our all-you-care-to-eat dining halls. This exciting new option gives you exceptional value and flexibility.
No, but they may purchase a meal plan if they wish. The Classic 6 is the plan many students living in graduate upper-division residence halls (Daniels and Sherman) choose. They may also purchase Extra Credits or use a credit card in our dining locations.
Your classic meals are for your use only. You can use your Café Credits or Extra Credits to bring in a friend. Café Credits are the credits that are part of your meal plan contract. Extra Credits are purchased separately and accessed with your i-card. Credit cards are also accepted in our dining locations.
Yes. You can check your balance online.
Yes. The default is for a classic meal to be deducted from your weekly allotment, but if you would rather use Café Credits or Extra Credits for a meal, inform the checker as you enter the dining hall.
No, and they are not transferable to another person.
Yes, there is a period of time at the beginning of each semester when you can change your meal plan. Read more about buying or changing meal plans.
Meal plans begin on the date specified in your Housing contract. If meal service begins prior to a Sunday brunch, meal plans are prorated for the partial week. For example, if a semester's meals begin on a Thursday dinner, meal plan holders will not see a complete week's worth of meals and credits in their accounts until Sunday at midnight. The partial week will be prorated.
Items can be purchased individually at a la carte locations. You can use Café Credits for food items only, or Extra Credits or a credit card for any a la carte items.
On designated days, specialty cuisines are offered in different dining hall locations.
Classic meals are only for all-you-care-to-eat locations. To purchase food items at an a la carte location, you will need credits. You can use either Café Credits, which are purchased as part of a meal plan, or Extra Credits, which you can add to your i-card anytime.
Classic meals may only be used once per meal period.
If you have a meal plan with Classic Meals, you may enter a dining hall using a Meal credit up to 7 times per day, once per meal period (up to your limit: 6 meals, 10 meals, or 12 meals). Maximum Classic meal plan holders may enter once per meal period, up to 48 times per week. What time you enter a dining hall determines which meal or credits you use.
The Classic 6 may be used at any specialty restaurant.
Traditional dining rooms are located in the following residence hall areas: Ikenberry, Allen, Busey-Evans, LAR, ISR, FAR, and PAR. Anyone can eat in any dining room regardless of where they live.
Café Credits may be used at a la carte locations and may also be used to purchase a classic meal.
You can purchase Extra Credits at any time and use them to buy both classic meals and a la carte items.
Yes. You may roll over a maximum of one week’s worth of your plan’s Café Credits into the following week, to a maximum balance of double your weekly allotment. Rollover of applicable credits will occur automatically. (Note: If you change your meal plan, you can roll over up to one week's worth of your plan's current Café Credits to your new plan.)
If you have a balance of Café Credits left at the end of fall semester, you may roll over your unused credits to the first week of spring semester, in accordance with rollover policy.
Extra Credits can be purchased separately for added flexibility, or as a supplement to your meal plan. They can be purchased at any time by students, faculty, or staff. Extra Credits can be used for items at a la carte locations, to purchase classic meals in residence hall dining rooms, or for laundry. They never expire as long as a person has an active i-card.
You can buy Extra Credits online with a credit card (computer kiosks are located near front desks for your convenience). No minimum is required.
The more you deposit in a single transaction, the more Extra Credits you receive. Read more about earning free credits.
Extra Credits may be used at a la carte locations, to purchase a classic meal, or for laundry. Extra Credits may also be used in the Illini Union Ballroom.
No, not as long as you have an active i-card.
No. Anyone with an active i-card can purchase and use Extra Credits.
Yes. They will need to know your University ID Number (UIN) (the number printed in blue on your i-card).
If your i-card is lost or stolen, you need to call the ID Center at 217-244-0135 immediately to avoid financial liability.
If your i-card is stolen, you need to call the Campus Police at 333-1216. You should then report to the Campus ID Center for a new i-card as soon as possible. The replacement fee is currently $20, subject to change.
If you cannot get to the ID Center before your next meal and you have a meal contract, you may go to the area office of any hall to get a replacement ticket.
More information is available at the i-card Center website.
Sick trays may be requested only in the home hall of the resident who is ill. Another resident with a valid meal pass must surrender the ID of the ill individual, along with his/her own, to the checker. The checker will cancel the proper meal on both meal passes and direct the resident to the proper serving counter where the ID and sick tray will be available for pick up following the meal. A sick ray may be prepared by a supervisor, coordinator, kitchen helper, cook, or student Dining Service worker.
Residents who are ill and who require a special diet prescribed by a McKinley physician must present the following four items to the checker to obtain a special sick tray:
Residents who are ill but who don't require a special diet prescribed by a physician will receive the standard sick tray. A sick tray will contain similar items for breakfast, lunch, or dinner and consists of the following:
These foods are recommended for individuals with upset stomach, cold, or influenza. They are high in water to prevent dehydration, high in carbohydrate to minimize tissue catabolism, and low in protein to reduce the formation of urea and thus spare the loss of fluid.
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