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Campus Meal Plan - fall semester plan management

As the end of fall semester approaches, students are reminded to review their fall semester Campus Meal Plan account.

Depending upon the Campus Meal Plan level and dining dollars balance, some students may be eligible to lower their meal plan level, while others may be eligible to remove excess funds. The option available to each student will depend upon their current meal plan level AND their current dining dollar balance. Some students may not be eligible to lower a meal plan or withdraw excess funds. Students will receive an email with instructions based on their individual account scenario.

There are four scenarios:

  1. No or low dining dollar balance. In these situations, students are advised to add additional funds to their LionCash account instead of increasing the meal plan level. The Food Services register system is setup to identify if a student's dining dollar balance is at $0.00. So when a student makes a purchase, the system will then automatically transfer the corresponding purchase amount from LionCash to the meal plan account to cover the purchase, while still providing the meal plan discount rate (if applicable, depending upon purchase).
     
  2. Level 1 high balance. Since a level 1 is the minimum level required, remaining funds are not available for refund.
     
  3. Excess funds available to withdraw. Students with a level 2 or 3 but do not have enough dining dollar funds available to reduce to a lower level may be eligible to withdraw excess funds. A student has to cover, at a minimum, a level 1 balance of $678 dining dollars. If a student does not have enough dining dollars to lower the meal plan, the student may be eligible to at least withdraw the excess funds.
     
  4. Level 2 or 3 can lower plan OR withdraw excess funds. Students who started the semester with a level 2 or 3 meal plan and currently have a high dining dollars balance may be eligible to lower the meal plan level. A student has to cover, at a minimum, a level 1 balance of $678 dining dollars. If a student does not have enough dining dollars to lower the meal plan, the student may be eligible to at least withdraw the excess funds. Students with a level 2 may be eligible for refund up to $358; students with a level 3 up to $293 (difference between level 3 and 2), or $651 (difference between level 3 and 1). For example, a student currently with a level 2 has $792 dining dollars. Since the student already covered the level 1 requirement of $678, the student is eligible to change from a level 2 to a level 1 and will receive a $358 credit (the dining dollars cost different between level 1 and 2). The maximum refund available is $358. If a student would lower the meal plan level, then they would have $434 dining dollars available ($792 balance - $358 credit). However, if the student estimates that they may need $500 to purchase meals through the end of the semester, the student can opt to withdrawal excess funds instead of lowering the level. The student can withdrawal up to $358, and if they withdrawal $292, then they would have $500 dining dollars remaining. 

Deadline

Deadline to modify the meal plan level or withdraw excess funds in eLiving is NOON Friday December 17.

The student's account in eLiving will indicate if a student is eligible to lower the meal plan and/or withdraw excess funds. These options will not display if the student's account is not eligible for either option.

  1. Log in to eLiving
  2. Select My Info > My Meal Plan
  3. Select Fall 2021 for the contract period drop down menu
  4. Review your account information. If needed, follow the instructions to select a different level or withdraw excess funds. Fall semester meal plans will deactivate at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday December 17.

Dining Dollars Balance

Any remaining dining dollars balance at the end of fall semester will be added to the spring semester Campus Meal Plan account. Students are still required to purchase a Campus Meal Plan for spring semester, regardless of the balance.

Students who do not return to Penn State for spring will have the fall balance forfeited. Any remaining dining dollars balance at the end of spring semester are forfeited for all students.

Spring Semester Campus Meal Plan

Manage your spring semester level now! Changes made before December 13 will be updated on the spring semester bill; changes made after December 14 will be applied as a credit/charge.

  1. Log in to eLiving
  2. Select My Info > My Meal Plan
  3. Select Spring 2022 for the contract period drop down menu
  4. Select a different level