Meal Plans

Northwestern offers a flex plan for all meal plans, which allows students more flexibility to purchase a la carte items in the main cafeteria and other locations. Flex plans give students more control over how and when they use their meal plan. The cost of each food item purchased is deducted from a student’s dining funds balance.

Dining Funds – these are the funds students use to purchase food in any of the dining locations on campus. Students receive a 20% discount at the cash register and are not subject to sales tax when paying with dining funds. Any student who has a meal plan can add dining funds at any time during the semester for an additional cost.

Dining Fee – this fee covers utility costs, facility maintenance costs, equipment purchases and repairs, and administrative costs in the dining program. 

A Residential Student is any student living in University of Northwestern residence halls.

A Commuter Student is any student living off-campus seeking a Traditional Undergraduate degree and taking 12 or more credits, including both traditional undergraduate and undergraduate pathways credits.  Commuter Students seeking a traditional undergraduate degree who are taking fewer than 12 credits are not required to have a meal plan, but may choose to have a plan. PSEO students who are commuting are not required to have a meal plan, but may choose a PSEO meal plan.

First Year Students for Fall Semester will continue to be classified as First Year Students for Spring Semester.  Students who begin as first year students in the Spring Semester will be considered First Year Students for Spring Semester only.  Transfer students are not considered a First Year Student.

Exceptions to Meal Plan Requirements

  • Students with serious medical dietary conditions may request an exemption. These are evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
  • If a communter student has class on campus fewer than 2 days per week, they may apply for an exemption.

Questions about meal plan information? Please contact Jane Goedeke at 651-631-5107 or jegoedeke@unwsp.edu

 

2016–17 Meal Plan Requirements

Residential Students

Minimum Required Dining Funds Dining Fee Total Cost per Semester
First Year Students $1,450 $350 $1,800
Other Students $1,000 $300 $1,300
Students 21 or older as of the first day of fall semester classes $225 $50 $275

Commuter Students

Minimum Required Dining Funds Dining Fee Total Cost per Semester
Full-time Commuter Students (12 or more credits, including both traditional undergraduate an dundergraduate pathways credits) $225 $50 $275