Q: What are the benefits of having a meal plan?
A: Meal plans are the most convenient way to take advantage of all of the food options on campus. Whether you just need a between-class snack, a full course meal or coffee on the go, it's covered when you have a meal plan. A meal plan is the easiest way to dine on campus and not have to carry around cash or lose your parking spot by leaving campus. With any of the plans we have available, anyone on campus can eat whatever, whenever, and wherever!
Q: Who can purchase a meal plan?
A: Freshman and sophomores living in a residence hall on campus are required to purchase either the 7-Day All Access or 5-Day All Access meal plan. Students in their third year (or later) living in the L Apartments, Hull Apartments, or a Knudsen single have the option of purchasing a block plan – either 160 meals, 100 meals or 50 meals. All students living on campus are required to purchase a meal plan. There is also a $300 all declining balance option for off-campus/commuter students and faculty and staff, but everyone is welcome to purchase any of the meal plans. New this year, all commuter students will be required to purchase an $80 declining balance plan ($40/semester) to take advantage of the new Student Dining Center and other dining options, as well as be a part of the Grand View campus community.
Q: Why are All Access meal plans mandatory for freshmen and sophomores?
A: All Access meal plans replace traditional (Block 155, 125) meal plans. Freshmen and sophomores who reside on campus will be required to purchase a 5 or 7-Day meal plan.
Q: What are the benefits of the All Access meal plans vs. current block plans?
A: All-Access meal plans provide flexibility, convenience, and unlimited access to the residential dining center. Instead of using a meal “swipe” for 2 or 3 meals each day, the All-Access meal plans allow students to swipe and enter the residential dining center whenever they choose. You’ll make new friends over pizza or meet your study group in the evening for ice cream. Or, students can bring their laptops and surf the net. Best of all, the All-Access meal plans give you monster discounts over paying cash. Make friends, study, hang out, surf the net, eat whatever, whenever.
Q: What is the difference between a 5 and 7-Day All Access meal plan?
A: The 7-Day All Access plan allows access to the residential dining center Monday - Sunday. This plan is ideal for students who spend weekends on campus. The 5-Day All Access plan allows access to the residential dining center Monday - Friday. This plan is ideal for students who commute or do not spend much time on campus during the weekend.
Q: Are there any declining balance dollars that come with the All Access plans?
A: Yes, both the 5 and 7-Day All Access plans come with $250 Declining Balance Dollars. Declining Balance Dollars can be used at both campus retail locations, Einstein Bros. Bagels and GV Express.
Q: Will block plans still be available?
A: Yes, block plans – either 160 meals, 100 meals or 50 meals – will still be available for upperclassmen (juniors and seniors) living on and off campus. A $300 all declining balance dollars plan is also available to commuter students.
Q: Can upperclassmen purchase an All Access meal plan?
A: Yes, All Access meal plans are available for purchase for all students. Students can also add any amount of Declining Balance dollars to their Grand View ID card to eat on campus.
Q: Why is the meal plan structure changing to include senior residents in meal plans as well as a required commuter meal plan?
A: The new Student Center will provide an even better opportunity to engage in student life on campus, so all students participate in more on-campus activities, including campus dining.
Q: What happens to any leftover meals or remaining Declining Balance dollars at the end of a semester?
A: Any unused meals and Declining Balance dollars remaining at the end of the semester do not roll over and will not be refunded.
Q: Can I charge my meal plan to my student account?
A: A full meal plan will be charged to a student account if you are living in a residence hall on campus. Off campus students may do so as well. Even if you don’t want to charge it to your student account, meal plans can be purchased at any time through the Student Life office.
Q: Can I add more Declining Balance dollars or meals to my meal plan?
A: Yes, you can add money to your card in increments of $25 at any time online at gvdining.com. You can also call 515-263-6179 or visit our Dining Services office in the new residential dining center. Meals cannot be added; however, you can always use your Declining Balance dollars at any of our dining locations.
Q: Who can use my card?
A: For your protection, the only person authorized to use your card is you. However, you can treat guests using your Declining Balance dollars as long as you are present when purchases are made.
Q: Can I change my meal plan after school has started?
A: Yes, anyone may change their meal plan if it does not meet their dining preferences or schedule. Students may adjust their meal plan during the first two weeks of the academic year by visiting the Student Life office.
Q: Can I bring a friend to eat with me if they do not have a meal plan?
A: Yes, you may use Declining Balance dollars to bring a guest into the residential dining center or to any retail location but a Meal Plan swipe is not permitted.
Q: Where can I use my meals?
A: A meal swipe can be used at the residential dining center. Declining Balance dollars can be spent anywhere on campus, including the residential dining center.
Q: What if I follow a gluten-free diet or have other dietary restrictions?
A: Grand View Dining Services is available to work with students individually regarding special needs due to a diet or food allergy. Please feel free to contact us to discuss your requests and learn more about available dining options on campus.