Students eating and visiting.

Campus Meal Plan

Designed for students living on campus

  • Six levels to choose from.  Starting in Fall 2017 students will choose from three levels.
  • Cash free purchases with your Penn State id+ Card
  • Great value at a la carte operations and all-you-care-to-eat locations for off-campus students who eat more than 14 meals a week on campus

How the Campus Meal Plan Works

Each time you visit a dining commons, campus restaurant, or on-campus convenience store, you can use your id+ card to purchase a meal, snack, or beverage.

Five Steps

  1. Choose a level that is best for you.
  2. Go to eLiving to purchase a campus meal plan. It will be charged to your student bursar account.
  3. Funds will be put into your account.
  4. Use your id+ card to make on-campus purchases.
  5. After making a purchase, funds will be deducted from your account and the remaining balance will be displayed on the register's screen.

The Meal Plan has Two Costs

  • Base cost: This is paid up front for the entire semester and covers non-food costs such as operating the dining commons (i.e. labor, supplies, maintenance, and utilities).
  • Dining dollars: This is the amount that can be spent for purchases. Each time you make a purchase, funds will be deducted from your account. The meal plan offers huge savings compared to paying with cash.

Level Options

  • How many meals will you eat on campus each week?
  • How many meals will be in the dining commons (65% discount with meal plan)?
  • How many meals will be in Retail Dining, national chains, or convenience stores (smaller to no discount with meal plans)?

If you have a Housing and Food Service Contract, use our Meal Plan Calculator to help figure out the best meal plan level for you. Undergraduate students living in University housing must purchase a meal plan for each semester (fall and spring) as part of the Housing and Food Service Contract.

2016-2017 Meal Plan Rates

Level Dining Dollars Base Cost Total Cost
1 $755 $1,355 $2,110
2 $845 $1,355 $2,200
3 $905 $1,355 $2,260
4 $1,030 $1,355 $2,385
5 $1,110 $1,355 $2,465
6 $1,290 $1,355 $2,645


Dining Commons Meal Prices
Fall 2016/Spring 2017

Plan Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Campus Meal Plan $2.10 $3.85 $5.00
Campus Meal Plan Guest $4.20 $7.70 $10.00
Lion Cash+/Commuter Meal Plan $6.50 $10.20 $12.75
Cash $7.20 $11.35 $14.00
Children 6-10 years $3.00 $5.00 $6.50
Children under 6 free free free


Savings with the Meal Plan

With the Campus Meal Plan, you will receive savings in the dining commons and at select Retail Dining locations.

  • Enjoy a 65 percent discount at all five all-you-care-to-eat dining commons.
  • A la carte operations offer a 65 percent discount on prepared items.
  • When using your id+ card to pay for a guest, they can also enjoy a 35 percent discount in the all-you-care-to-eat dining commons.
  • Some Retail Dining locations offer a 10 percent discount to Campus Meal Plan members on prepared items. Discount not applicable at national chain locations or convenience stores.

Purchasing the Plan

Students living in the residence halls must purchase the plan each semester with their Housing and Food Service Contract. Students living off campus or in a campus apartment may purchase the plan.

  • Choose a level that is best or you.
  • Go to eLiving to purchase a campus meal plan.  It will be charged to your student bursar account.
  • Funds will be put into your account.
  • Plans are binding for the semester and balances are nonrefundable.
  • Use your id+ card to make on-campus purchases.
  • After making a purchase, funds will be deducted from your account and the remaining balance will be displayed on the register's screen.
  • Plans cannot be transferred or assigned to another individual.
  • Students who withdraw from the University will receive a prorated refund of the base cost.

Adjusting Your Meal Plan Level

eLiving allows you to manage your meal plan account on a secure server with the meal plan change form.

Manage Your Account

On the id+ card website, you can check your account balance or review your transaction history.

You must enter your Penn State Access Account information to authenticate and adjust your meal plan. You will then be able to view and update your account information.

Add Funds to Your Meal Plan

If your funds are running low, you can easily add funds to your existing plan at:

Payment Options:

  • Visa
  • MasterCard

Leftover Funds

  • If you purchase the meal plan within the first two weeks of spring semester, your leftover dining dollars from fall semester will carry over.
  • You may purchase a different level for spring.
  • Dining dollars left over from spring semester do not carry over and are forfeited.
  • Your summer semester dining dollars carry over to the fall semester if you've purchased the plan for the fall.
  • Levels can be changed at anytime until seven days before the last day of final exams.

Lost or Stolen id+ Card

If your id+ card has been lost or stolen, deactivate it immediately at the id+ card website or by calling 814-865-7590. You can also deactivate your card at your commons desk at anytime during the semester (24 hours a day/seven days a week). You will receive a temporary ID for the night until the id+ Office opens and can provide you with a new one.

You can also call University Police after regular office hours at 814-863-1111. The id+ Office, 103 HUB-Robeson Center, can issue a new card at the current replacement fee.

Terms & Conditions

Campus Meal Plan Refunds

Refunds for unused dining dollars will not be given at the end of the contracted period. Students are encouraged to monitor their dining dollar balance and modify the meal plan level as necessary. Refunds are not given if a student schedules classes that conflict with the meal schedule or who choose not to eat in the dining commons. All unused dining dollars remaining at the time of withdrawal or approved contract release will be credited at face value. A credit will not be given for an account with less than a $5.00 balance. 

Semester Charges

The Campus Meal Plan base cost will be credited on a prorated daily refund schedule after the student has received an approved Contract release or officially withdrawals from the University. The refund amount is based on the date of the Contract cancellation. The refund will be applied to the student's Bursar account and will be refunded less any outstanding charges against the account. 

Transfer of the Campus Meal Plan to Another Student

The Campus Meal Plan cannot be transferred or assigned to another student. The id+ Card is used as the meal access card and may be used only by the student to whom the card is issued. 

Removing Food or Unauthorized Entry into the Dining Commons

When dining in the all-you-care-to-eat locations, the only takeout options are one piece of hand fruit (apple, orange, or banana) and one ice cream cone. Removing additional food or beverages, dishes, or silverware from the dining room or entering the dining commons without paying for the meal will be considered theft. Theft in the dining commons is a serious issue that will result in disciplinary action by the Office of Residence Life, the Office of Student Conduct and/or University Police. Further repercussions could include cancellation of the contract. Campus Dining reserves the right to examine customers' backpacks or bags when they exit the dining commons. Acts of horseplay, food fights, and inline skates are prohibited. If a student violates this policy, he or she will be subject to disciplinary action.