How Meal Plans Work—Punches and Dining Dollars
- Meal plans provide a certain number of meals per day/week/semester, which vary by plan.
- Dining Services provides 19 meal periods per week: breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Friday, and brunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday.
- D-Hall, E-Hall, Let’s Go and Mrs. Green’s accept meal plans on an all-you-care-to-eat basis. The cashier debits one meal from the number the student is allowed during that day/week/semester. This process is called “punching your JAC” or “taking a meal punch.” Meal punches are for the individual student only and cannot be used for guests at these locations.
- Festival, Market One, Madison Grill, Top Dog Cafe, PC Dukes and Corner Bistro also accept meal plans, but they have à la carte menus and extend a cash equivalency credit for each meal punch. Meal plan students can present their JACs to the cashier to receive a cash credit toward the cost of their purchases. If the price of the student’s selections exceeds the amount of the cash equivalency, the student pays the difference with cash, Dining Dollars, Dining Dollars GOLD or FLEX. No change is returned for transactions costing less than the cash equivalency amount.
- Students can use up to five meal punches in one day (with the exception of the Block 50 plan, which has no limit on the number of punches used per day).
- When students with meal plans providing a designated number of meals per week have used up all their meals, the computer will not admit them to more meals until the new meal plan week arrives at 12:01 a.m. Sunday. (Students who run out of meal punches can still eat by paying cash or using funds from a declining balance account.)
- All meal plans come with a certain number of Dining Dollars in addition to the specified number of meal punches.
- Dining Dollars are similar to Dining Dollars GOLD, except they are not purchased directly, but come as part of a meal plan; therefore, students do not receive a 5% discount on Dining Dollars purchases.
- Dining Dollars purchases are tax-exempt.
- Dining Dollars are not refundable and must be spent by the end of Spring semester or forfeited.
- Dining Dollars can be used to purchase food or beverages in any Dining Services location, to pay the extra when a purchase runs over the allowed equivalency amount, or to buy meals for guests.
- Dining Dollars are not limited in their use by meal periods.
- Dining Dollars are more convenient and more secure than carrying cash for these purposes.
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On-Campus Meal Plans
- With few exceptions, all students signing a JMU Housing, Dining and Telecommunications Services Contract to rent living quarters on campus automatically receive a meal plan. There are three meal plan options available: 19-Plus, Weekly 14-Plus and Weekly 11 Plus. Students mark their desired meal plan on the JMU Housing, Dining and Telecommunications Services Contract. Students who do not make a selection will be assigned a Weekly 14-Plus plan.
- Students who live in university housing units individually equipped with kitchenettes may buy a meal plan separately from their housing contract, similar to off-campus students (see Off-Campus Meal Plans).
- JMU never separates room from board, except in exceedingly rare circumstances involving severe medical problems. Cooking equipment, such as hot plates or microwave ovens, is not permitted in residence hall rooms.
- Students should choose meal plans carefully, since meal plans are refundable only in very limited circumstances. (For more information, see Changing Meal Plans.)
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Off-Campus Meal Plans
- Dining Services offers a variety of "commuter" plans: 19-Plus, Weekly 14-Plus, Weekly 10-Plus, Weekly 7-Plus, Weekly 5-Plus, Weekly Super 5-Plus, and Block 50-Plus.
- Students may get informational materials about meal plans from either Card Services or from the Dining Services Administration Office in Gibbons Hall, Entrance 7. Meal plans are purchased only at Card Services.
- Students should choose their meal plans carefully, since meal plans are refundable only in very limited circumstances. (For more information, see Changing Meal Plans.)
- Cash, checks and certain major credit cards may be used to buy meal plans; if plans are purchased by a designated date, they may be billed with that semester's tuition.
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