Meal Plans

Students must be actively enrolled at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to be eligible for a Meal Plan.

Meal Plans are purchased online at onecard.unc.edu. Charges will appear on the student’s University account billed by Student Accounts and University Receivables.

All of our residential Meal Plans (Unlimited and Block) are annual contracts paid per semester. The fall portion of the contract is billed when a student first purchases the Meal Plan, and the spring semester portion is billed automatically to the student’s account for the spring semester. The student will be billed for the same Meal Plan type in the spring semester unless the Meal Plan is changed or canceled in accordance with these policies.

Meal Plans may be purchased online until September 03, 2019. Meal Plan purchases made AFTER September 03, 2019 must be made in person at the UNC One Card Office. Starting October 21, 2019, any student who did not purchase a Meal Plan in the fall may purchase a Meal Plan for the spring semester. After January 14, 2020, all spring Meal Plan purchases must be made in person at the UNC One Card Office.

Meal Plans begin on Friday, August 16, 2019 at dinner, and go through Saturday, December 14, 2019 at breakfast, for the fall semester. For the spring semester, Meal Plans start on Sunday, January 05, 2020 at dinner and go through Wednesday, May 06, 2020 at breakfast. Meal Plans are not available for use during official University holidays and breaks.

PLUS Swipes and Meal Swipes do not transfer over from semester to semester – at the end of each semester, all leftover Meal Swipes and PLUS Swipes purchased for that semester expire. For the fall semester, swipes expire on December 14, 2019 after breakfast. For the spring semester, swipes expire on May 06, 2020 after breakfast.

PLUS Swipes may only be utilized for select meals in select CDS retail locations. A PLUS Swipe may only be used once per meal period (Breakfast, Lunch, Late Lunch, Dinner, Late Night). Upon utilizing a PLUS Swipe, the Meal Plan participant will be unable to access an all-you-care-to-eat dining hall (Top of Lenoir & Chase Dining Hall) for fifteen minutes. PLUS Swipes are part of the Meal Plan’s total swipe allotment and not additional meals. (Example: Block 200 allows 200 total meals. Up to 35 of the meals can be used as PLUS Swipes. You can use 165 Meal Swipes in the dining halls and 35 PLUS Swipes. If you only use 10 PLUS Swipes, you would have 190 Meal Swipes for the dining halls).

Dining Flex

Dining Flex is money that can be added to a student’s One Card and works like a debit card (declining balance). Dining Flex can only be added to a student’s account if the student is actively enrolled in either an On Campus or Off Campus Meal Plan. Dining Flex can only be used for food purchases at approved CDS locations, which includes delivery orders (delivered to an on campus address) from participating local restaurants & Takeout Central.

Additional Dining Flex may be purchased online at onecard.unc.edu throughout the year in increments of $50. Charges will appear on the student’s University account billed by Student Accounts and University Receivables.

The last day to add Dining Flex in the fall semester will be December 03, 2019. The last day to add Dining Flex in the spring semester will be April 23, 2020.

Dining Flex is non-refundable. At the end of the semester, any leftover Dining Flex will be rolled over to the student’s account for the next semester. This will occur for every semester provided the student continues to be actively and consecutively enrolled at the University. Meal Plans are not available for purchase during the summer; however, students may use any left over Dining Flex added prior to April 23, 2020. If a student is not actively enrolled in classes, unused Dining Flex from the previous semester will expire. 

Off Campus Plans

Fall semester Off Campus Meal Plans will be available for purchase beginning August 1, 2019. Off Campus Meal Plans are semester contracts. Students that sign up for a fall semester Off Campus Block or Flex Plan will not automatically be enrolled for the spring semester. The last day to add an Off Campus Plan for the fall semester will be October 20, 2019. Students will need to sign up again for the spring semester between December 04, 2019 and March 31, 2020.

Off Campus Meal Plans are only available to students living off campus, living in Ram Village, Granville Towers, Baity Hill, and students in a fraternity or sorority. See specific rules regarding GREEK CHANGES.

Changes & Cancellations

FALL 2019: A student may request to change or cancel their previously selected Meal Plan until September 3, 2019. Beginning August 17, 2019, any meal plan changes to a Block Meal Plan will result in charges for the entire semester price of the new block plan while being credited for any unused portion of your previous plan. Changes to the fall portion of the 2019-20 Meal Plan after August 15, 2019 will be credited back to the student’s account on a pro-rated basis at Student Accounts and University Receivables. Block Plan refunds are pro-rated per unused swipe and Unlimited Plan refunds are pro-rated per day. The new Meal Plan chosen will be billed in full.

There is no charge for the first change during this time; however, there is a $50 processing fee for each change thereafter. For cancellations after September 3, 2019 there is a $250 cancellation fee.

SPRING 2020: Requests to change the spring semester portion of the 2019-20 Meal Plan contract must be made online at onecard.unc.edu between October 21, 2019 and January 14, 2020. Changes after January 4, 2020 will be credited back to the student’s account on a pro-rated basis at Student Accounts and University Receivables. Block Plan refunds are pro-rated per unused swipe and Unlimited Plan refunds are pro-rated per day. The new Meal Plan chosen will be billed in full.

There is no charge for the first change during this time; however, there is a $50 processing fee for each change thereafter. For cancellations after September 3, 2019 there is a $250 cancellation fee.

Contact CDS at 1.800.UNC.MEAL to discuss potential Meal Plan change costs.

After September 03, 2019, all emergencies necessitating account changes will be handled on an individual basis by contacting the UNC One Card Office. If this emergency results in a second Meal Plan change, the student may be required to pay a $50 processing fee. If the emergency results in a cancellation, the student may be required to pay a $250 cancellation fee.

Changes to a student’s spring semester Meal Plan must be made online at onecard.unc.edu.

Greek Changes & Cancellations

After September 03, 2019, a student who pledges a fraternity or sorority with a mandatory meal program may change or cancel his/her Meal Plan. As long as the student provides a dated official letter from the Greek organization to the One Card Office within ONE WEEK of receiving the bid, he/she will only be charged a $50 processing fee at the time of cancellation.

Upon change or cancellation, any Meal Plan balance will be credited back (on a pro-rated basis) to the student’s account at Student Accounts and University Receivables, less the appropriate fees.

Students requesting to cancel their Meals Plans after one week of receiving the bid will be charged a $250 cancellation fee.

Leaving UNC & Study Abroad

A student who is no longer studying at UNC at the end of the fall semester for any reason (study abroad, graduation, medical leave, dismissal, etc.) has the right to cancel his/her Meal Plan for the spring semester without charge. The amount charged to the student’s account for the spring semester will be credited in full. Students must provide documentation from the appropriate University office (the Registrar for graduation, the Study Abroad Office for semesters abroad) to the One Card Office by December 14, 2019 to receive a full spring refund.

CDS, One Card, & University Policies

Per University policy, One Cards are non-transferable. One Cards found to be used by individuals other than the issuee are subject to immediate confiscation by CDS staff and reporting to the honor system as an honor code violation.  Visit onecard.unc.edu for full One Card policies.

For customers’ safety, shirts and shoes must be worn at all times in dining facilities. Individuals not complying with this policy will be asked to leave the premises.

Smoking of any sort (including e-cigarettes) is forbidden in the dining facilities. Individuals not complying with this policy will

be asked to leave the premises.

Meals taken away in to-go containers count as ONE Meal Swipe. If students wish to eat a meal in the dining hall as well as take a meal to go, they will be charged for TWO Meal Swipes. Individuals abusing or not complying with this policy may have their to-go privileges suspended.

Each Meal Swipe is valid for a single meal period in the dining halls. Individuals who wish to remain in the dining halls over multiple meal periods may be asked to re-swipe their cards.

Individuals are not permitted to solicit in dining facilities. Any individual not complying with this policy will be asked to desist or leave the premises.

Outside posters, flyers and other printed materials are not permitted in the dining facilities. All posted materials will either be food service or emergency/health notifications approved by CDS.

Individuals are expected to comply with University policies including, but not limited to, those set forth here.

MODIFICATION OF TERMS

Carolina Dining Services and the UNC One Card Office reserve the right to alter or change any statement contained herein. A current version of these terms is available online at www.onecard.unc.edu or by request at the UNC One Card Office located in the Daniels Building.