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Meal Plan Options

Download a PDF of the 2015-16 Meal Plan Options.

Residence Halls

All students living in Arnett, Ashton, Hill, Emerson, Moyer, and the new residence hall are required to choose a Weekly Block plan. Each plan combines access to the main dining hall (Gwinn Commons) with SPU Points to spend at any dining location. The more access you have to Gwinn, the fewer points you’ll need to supplement your meal plan.

For example, let's say you are on the Weekly Block 14. On Sunday, you eat breakfast and lunch at Gwinn. That evening, you choose to use your SPU points to pick up a Subway sandwich for a study group with friends. Your two entrances into Gwinn would be taken off of your balance of 14, leaving you with 12 to use for the remainder of the week. The cost of your Subway sandwich would be deducted from your point balance (see "Understanding Points" below). Block and point balances are available from the cashier and via the Campus Card website.

Campus Apartments

Although not required, students living in campus apartments may choose any plan, including a Block 25 (25 entrances into Gwinn), Block 50 (50 entrances into Gwinn), or Advantage Points (see below).


Understanding Points

SPU Points

Weekly Block plans come with SPU Points, which are worth a penny a point and save you sales tax. For example, let’s say you have a Weekly Block 21 plan, which includes 7,500 points ($75). You want to purchase a latte at Academic Perks for $2.80. The cashier will deduct 280 points from your balance, leaving you with 7,220 ($72.20) to use the remainder of the quarter. Unused SPU Points will roll from quarter to quarter, but not year to year. If you deplete your SPU Points before the end of the quarter, you may purchase Advantage Points.

Advantage Points

These points are used in the same manner as SPU Points but are not linked to a Weekly Block plan. Unused Advantage Points will roll from quarter to quarter and year to year until no activity is recorded for three consecutive quarters. Additional points may be purchased as needed.


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