They are per semester amounts. People pick the Gold 14 plan over the Gold 19 plan because after their first semester most people realize that they almost never wake up early enough to eat breakfast before their classes. Thus they end up eating, at the most 2 school meals a day. However, most people average well under 2 school meals a day because you often find your self preferring to use your flex points and eating Quizno's, Chick-fil-A, or Domino's instead, and occasionally (or often depending on where your dorm is) eating food from a place that accepts no meal plan option at all... aka WaWa.
Thus, for most freshmen, who can not pick the block meal plans, the Gold 14 is the better option. Because you're trading away meals that you wouldn't use anyways and get extra flex (though not nearly enough to compensate the price that you are charged per meal) in return.
Overall, if you think you will try to eat breakfast every morning, start with the Gold 19 plan and then if you realize you aren't using a large portion of your meals switch to Gold 14. A LOT of people I knew my freshman year switched from Gold 19 to Gold 14 after first semester. And then for sophomore year most people I knew switched to block meal plans.
Last edited by Datkid; 07-09-2009 at 06:20 PM.