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Meal Plan options have changed!

Meal at Lola Tilly Commons

The new plans are a declining balance account of Munch Money used exclusively for food purchases. Munch Money may be used at any UAF dining location including the convenience store and most vending machines.

  • All pricing is per semester.

  • The student will automatically be enrolled in the same meal plan in the spring semester unless Dining Services is notified in writing of a different selection.

  • Left over Munch Money in the Fall semester will roll for use in the Spring semester, but will expire at the end of the academic year after May 10, 2015.

  • Unused Munch Money will not be refunded.

Frequently Asked Questions

We hope that the following questions and answers are helpful to you. Should you have a question that is not addressed on this page please contact UAF Dining Services at uaf-dining@alaska.edu

Q.  Am I required to purchase a meal plan?

A.  Participation in the food services program is required of all students living in university residence halls, with the exception of graduate students and students living in Sustainable Village or Cutler Apartments (SAC).

Q .  I don’t live on campus, may I purchase a meal plan?
A.  Commuter students may purchase any of the meal plans offered, but completing the meal plan application and submitting it to Dining Services.

Q. Where can I use my meal plan?
A.  Munch Money from the UAF meal plans usable at all UAF Dining Services locations and on campus vending machines that have a PolarExpress card reader. Meal plans are not accepted off campus.

Q. How do I use the Munch Money from my meal plan?
A.  Your PolarExpress card is REQUIRED to access your Munch Money. No exceptions. 
If your PolarExpress card is lost or stolen, immediately notify the PolarExpress Office in Signers Hall at 907-474-7384 to have them disable use on that card. Funds used will not be reimbursed.

Q. If money runs out on my meal plan, can I add money to the account? How?
A.  You are able to add value to your account at any time. You may purchase more Munch Money in $200 increments and receive a value increase based on the meal plan you are in. For example, with the Denali Plan you receive a 10% value increase, meaning you pay $200 and received $220 in Munch Money. Adding money is easy, complete the form and submit to UAF Dining Services. We will add the charge to your UA account and you pay either though UAOnline or directly with the Office of the Bursar.

Q. If I do not use my whole balance for the Fall semester, does it roll over to the Spring semester?
A.  All dining plans roll over from Fall to Sping with the PURCHASE of another dining plan for the Spring semester.

Q. If I do not use all the money on my meal plan by the end of the Spring  semester what happens to the rest of the balance?
A.  Munch Money from all dining plans expires after May 10, 2015 and will NOT be refunded.  Please keep track of your balance through the semester. If you need help with budgeting your Munch Money funds, check out our meal plan budget chart.

Q. Will I get a refund of the Munch Money I don’t use if I cancel my meal plan?
A.  If you choose to cancel your meal plan prior to the fee payment deadline (September 12, 2014 for Fall) you will receive a 100% refund based upon actual usage. Please see the refund schedule for specific percentages on cancellation dates after fee payment.

Q. Can I switch my meal plan from Semester to Semester.
A.  You can switch your Dining Plan between semesters for 100% refund of the original plan based upon actual usage, by submitting a change form to UAF Dining Services before the Spring fee payment deadline (January 23, 2015). After this date a prorated amount will be charged for use.

Fall 2014 Refund Period

Prior to September 13 
100% refund or prorated refund based upon usage

September 13 - September 22 
75% refund 

September 23 - October 10 
50% refund 

October 11 - October 28 
25% refund 

No refunds will be give after October 28

Spring 2015 Refund Period
Prior to January 24
100% refund or prorated refund based upon usage

January 24 - February 6 
75% refund 

February 7 - February 21 
50% refund 

February 22 - March 24 
25% refund 

No refunds will be give after March 24

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