I got the same plan. From my understanding a single meal can be actually 3 meals per day. Not sure though
Not unless they've changed it since I was a freshman (which they obviously have somewhat since this wasn't required when I lived on campus).
For example if you go to lunch at chickfila and get a sandwich and fries then you tell the cashier to use a meal. There's no way that the one meal could be turned into three. I guess the only way one meal could be turned into three is to go into Sbisa with your backpack and a lot of tupperware and use a meal to get in and then fill up your backpack with food.
Dining dollars can be used in place of meals. You can buy a chickfila sandwich and fries and just pay with dining dollars instead of a meal if you want. You can also only buy fries or a drink with dining dollars. Dining dollars could also be used at the convenience stores they have around campus (rattlers).
I think TXAggie92 is right, a single meal can be any ONE of 3 meals: breakfast, lunch or dinner. You can use dinning dollars or cash for the other two meals during the day. In addition, I think there is an option to buy additional meals on a meal card if you run out.
First of all, looks like they have completely changed the meal plans trying to fix all the 'loopholes'. I'm sure you will get some clarification in your move in information packet if you are on campus. Old rules range from not required to have a meal plan, to dining dollars required only to your new meal/dining dollar plans. You use to be able to run your card more than once (allowing friends to eat some of your meal money -there's always extra it seems), no guest passes (now there are), rollover amounts from fall to spring (now you can't). You use to be able to convert meals to dining dollars too then spend them at Rattlers (the convenience store on campus). Bottom line, don't listen to people about the old system - you have new rules this year. To the parents, the students eat lots of meals off campus- fundraisers, meetings of groups at restaurants, gathering of off/on campus friends, etc. You would be better off buying the small plan & giving the students their own 'meal money'.
This new plan seems deliberately designed to confuse students. Each meal counts as a meal. If you have 7/week, you can eat any 7 meals that you like in one week, but there's only 7. When the 7 meals are depleted, you are out of meals. Of course, you can eat with dining dollars after that, if you have them left. There is some crazy "meal trade" thing for eating at alternative locations other than Sbisa/Duncan. Don't know exactly how that works.
The bottom line is that the new plan cost 3% more than last years required minimum plan but buys 45 less meals/semester. It is really a ripoff in disguise.
What meal plan to folks recommend for incoming freshman that are going to live on campus. Its quite confusing to determine how many meals we should purchase for our son. Is it better to have more meals than dinning dollars or the opposite. Can you add meals to any plan if you find that its not enough. Any recommendations from freshman this past year.
I had an on campus freshman last year : buy the smallest plan available. Last year it was all dining dollars, no meals. Min. was $1200, he never used it all ( did use it up at Rattlers buying other stuff rather than waste the money).
My oldest had the meal/dining dollars plan available her freshman year. She did not use all of hers either. It was 150 meals/150 dining dollars.
Dining dollars are easier to use, buy anything a la carte with them even the all you can eat at Sbiza is a set price. Meals were specific options at places like the on campus chic fil a and you could NOT substitute. So, if the meal of the day special was chicken sandwich but you wanted chicken strips, you would have to use dining dollars. Assuming they went back to that meal format but it's new- just started this week.
Buy the smallest plan, you can always buy more if your child happens to have friends that never eat off campus. They get the same access to all the dining places with cash - you do not HAVE to use a meal card. There are roughly 100 'eating days' a semester. Hope this helps.