Meal Plan Questions
Am I required to be on a meal plan?
All students living on campus are required to purchase a meal plan each semester. The only exception is students living Off Campus, Synergy House and Cottage Housing.
How does the meal plan work?
First, the meal plan semester cost plus the infrastructure fee is charged to each students account along with their tuition and housing costs for the semester.
Second, your gold card is loaded with the meal plan dollars allocated for that plan prior to the students arrival on campus. An infrastructure fee of $250 per semester is part of the meal plan expense and is non-refundable. This fee is used for the purchase of cooking equipment, supplies, and improvements to the kitchens and serving areas.
When the student uses his/her gold card for meals, the card reader will identify whether the student is on the full meal plan or the apartment meal plan based on the amounts loaded onto the card. If the sale is $8.25, the system deducts $8.25 from the meal plan dollars that the student has received on their card and continues deducting as the student completes each sales transaction.
To summarize, the meal plan expense (what you paid for the meal plan) is charged to the student account. The actual dollars the student receives from this plan are loaded to their gold card and tracked in Student Link (different software system than student account). The meal plan money is deducted with each sales transaction and tracked separate from your student account.
I have heard Tiger Bucks being used for my meal plan, what is this?
Tiger Bucks are the meal plan dollars allocated for each plan. Same as your meal plan dollars. One Tiger Buck is the same as $1.00.
Where can I use Tiger Bucks/Meal Plan dollars?
Tiger Bucks can be used at all "on campus" restaurants (Rastall, Benjamin's, The Preserve, Local Goods, Colorado Coffee, Susie B's, The Picnic Box, and Taste Restaurant at the FAC).
Can I spend Tiger Bucks/Meal Plan dollars in the Bookstore?
NO. Although the Bookstore does carry food, they do not accept Tiger Bucks as a form of payment. However, they will accept Gold Card Plus funds even online!
Will Tiger Bucks/Meal Plan dollars carry over into next semester?
Yes. Tiger Bucks from the Fall Semester will carry over to the Spring Semester. A new meal plan for Spring Semester will be added to the student's Gold Card. All Tiger Bucks expire at the end of the spring semester.
What is the difference between Tiger Bucks/Meal Plan dollars and Gold Card Plus?
Tiger Bucks are the gold card dollars loaded for each meal plan. If you are utilizing a meal plan, you have Tiger Bucks loaded on your gold card.
Students can only use gold card plus if they have pre-funded their card. To pre-fund your gold card, go to Student Link via Single Sign In. Click on Gold Card Management. The gold card plus can be used for on campus events, bookstore, vending machines, laundry machines, on campus Restaurants and several off campus locations - see list below.
Off-Campus Locations that Accept Gold Card Plus (July 2018)
7-Eleven, 825 N Nevada Ave
La'aus Taco Shop, 830 N Tejon St
Wooglins Deli and Cafe, 823 N Tejon St
Dale Street Bistro Café, 115 E. Dale St
Bingo Burger, 132 N Tejon St
7-Eleven, 310 W Uintah St
Safeway, 1920 S Nevada St
Safeway, 2210 N Wahsatch Ave.
Paninos Restaurant, 604 N. Tejon St
Azada Mexican Grill, 16 E Bijou St
I live off campus or in cottage housing, can I add a meal plan?
Yes, please contact the student accounts office at 719-389-6698 or visit us in Spencer Center, 1st Floor, Suite #116.
Who is required to be on a meal plan?
All students living in traditional halls, small houses, language houses are required to be on the FULL MEAL PLAN and students living in student apartments, east campus apartments and fraternities are required to be on the APARTMENT MEAL PLAN. Those students living in Cottage Housing, Synergy and off campus are not required to be on a meal plan.
Who do I pay for the meal plan?
The meal plan expense is charged to your student account. Please pay this fee along with the tuition and room fees owed for the semester. The meal plan cost should reflect on your fall invoice/billing statement, which can be viewed online in early August for fall semester and early January for spring semester.
How can I get a print out of my meal plan sales?
Go to Student Link via Single Sign In. Click on Gold Card Management tab. Student may authorize their parents to view their meal plan activity via the Student Link site.
I am taking a leave of absence for one or more blocks. How does this affect my meal plan?
You must request a leave of absence (LOA) from the Dean of Students Office. Please check with the Dean's Office for deadlines. All LOA's must be requested and approved prior to absence Refunds are given on a case-by-case basis and is not guaranteed.
I will be going abroad. How does this affect my meal plan?
Please insure that you have been approved for your study abroad program. If your program is a full semester there will be no meal plan expense. If your program is a half semester you will be charged and expected to pay for a full semester meal plan based on your housing assignment. Two blocks of your meal plan will be refunded to you a week prior to your departure date to be used for travel expenses. If you do not have the equivalent of two blocks we will refund what you have available at that time. If you are going abroad for one block you will be charged and expected to pay for a full semester meal plan based on your housing assignment. One block of your meal plan will be refunded to you a week prior to your departure date to be used for travel expenses. If you do not have the equivalent of one block we will refund what you have available at that time.
I have special dietary needs. Who do I talk to?
Go to this link for Special Meal Plan Requirements.
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For instructions, please see:
"How To Make Payments and Manage Your Account"
Student Accounts Office
Contact Us:Spencer Center, 1st Floor, Room 116
14 E. Cache La Poudre Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80903
Phone: (719) 389-6698
Fax: (719) 389-6932