Dining Plan Options

Board and Block Plans

Having a Board or Block plan allows students access to all-you-care-to-eat facilities, convenience stores, pizza shops, and the ability to order food through GET.

Board Plan members begin each week with a set amount of meals (19, 14, 10, or 5), while a Block Plan member begins the semester with 50 or 80 meals. These meals can be used at Capitol Eatery, CC Commons, Fresh, Keystone Dining Room, Nature's Cove and Penn Central.

Flex dollars are included in all board and block plans and can be used in any of our 10 dining units or various vending machines across campus. These funds are typically used to purchase items such as snacks, bottled drinks, grocery items, and Grab 'n Go items. These plans also include five guest meals for the semester.

  • 19 Meals / $300 Flex / 5 Guest 
  • 14 Meals / $300 Flex / 5 Guest
  • 10 Meals / $300 Flex / 5 Guest
  • 5 Meals / $300 Flex / 5 Guest
  • 80 Meals / $150 / 5 Guest
  • 50 Meals / $200 / 5 Guest

Board Meals reset every Sunday morning, do not carry from week-to-week, and are not refunded at the end of the semester.

Unused block meals are not refunded at the end of the semester.

One meal may be used per hour. Flex dollars can be used to purchase additional items during that hour time period.

You may not feed others with your meal plan. Guest meals and flex dollars can be used in this instance. Guest meals cannot be used by the account holder for themselves

All board plans come with $300 flex. The 

All resident students MUST select a board plan as part of their housing contract. First-year resident students may select a 19- or 14-meal board plan. After living on-campus for two full semesters, returning resident students may select a 19-, 14-, or 10-meal board plan.

Declining Balance Plans

Off-Campus and Commuter students may choose to purchase a Declining Balance Plan. Similar to a debit card, students choose from one of three starting values ($500, $300, $100) and can use these funds in any of our 10 dining facilites, in various vending machines across campus, and to place GET orders.

 

Any item may be purchased from our dining units and select vending machines with declining balance dollars.

2018-2019 Proposed Dining Plan Rates

  • 19 Meal Board Plan: $2,479
  • 14 Meal Board Plan: $2,048
  • 10 Meal Board Plan: $1,831
  • 5 Meal  Board Plan: $1,104
  • 80 Meal Block Plan: $680
  • 50 Meal Block Plan: $544
  • $500 Declining Balance
  • $300 Declining Balance
  • $100 Declining Balance

*The above proposed rates are estimates for planning purposes; final rates will be approved by the Board of Directors in June 2018

Start a Dining Plan

Add funds to a current Dining Plan

What We Recommend

Commuter/Off-Campus Students

All off-campus and commuter students should invest in a dining plan. We recommend the 80- meal or 50-meal Block Plan.

Declining Balance Plans

These plans are a great way for off-campus and commuter students to set money aside to make sure they have money for food or vending machines while on campus.

Resident Students

All resident students must select a board plan as outlined in their housing contract.

Important Dining Plan Dates

Fall Semester 2018

Aug18All dining plans begin with breakfast

Nov22-Nov24Thanksgiving Vacation
Board meals not available

Dec14All dining plans end for semester at close of business

Spring Semester 2019

Jan12All dining plans begin after 4 p.m.
Board meals cannot be used

Mar9-Mar16Spring Break
Board meals not available

May10 All dining plans end for semester at close of business

Meal Options

Board and Block Plans can be used at the following units to purchase the options listed below. Substitutions are not permitted. Only one meal may be used per hour.

Capitol Eatery

This dining unit is an all-you-care-to-eat (buffet style) facility. Student will have a board meal subtracted from their account as they enter. There is no take-out option at this unit.

CC Commons

Students may choose for their meal one Made-To-Order item, one side, and one 16 oz. beverage.

Keystone Dining Room

Students may make one trip through the line and get those items they want to eat for that meal. Any item may be included as part of the board meal with the following guidelines:

  • Up to two entree portions from STEAMERS entree station can be used towards a board meal.
  • All other packaged items, including bottled water, with a manufacturers bar code must be purchased with flex dollars and are not part of a meal.
  • There is NO SHARING OF MEALS. Guest meals and flex dollars can be used in these instances. Guest meals cannot be used by the account holder for themselves.

If a student will not be eating in the dining unit, one to-go container will be rung as a board meal. A meal consists of:

  • One of the following: entree, grill sandwich, large salad, bowl of soup, deli sandwich, wrap, or hoagie
  • Two sides
  • Fountain beverage, milk, coffee, or bottled water

 

Penn Central

All of the following options come with ONE of the following drink choices: bottled spring water, any size coffee, any size fountain drink, half pint of milk, or hot chocolate packet.

  • Bagel with cream cheese; piece of fruit
  • Two items from the hot table (pizza or breadsticks); piece of fruit or cookie or bag of chips
  • Dozen boneless wings with blue cheese and celery
  • One Grab n Go sandwich or salad; piece of fruit or cookie or bag of chips
Fresh

All of the following options come with ONE of the following drink choices: bottled spring water, any size coffee, any size fountain drink, half pint of milk, or hot chocolate packet.

Breakfast Choices

  • Smoothie (no drink option)
  • Hot breakfast item; piece of fruit
  • One cereal container, half pint milk; piece of fruit
  • Bagel with cream cheese; piece of fruit

Lunch Choices

  • Two slices of pizza; piece of fruit or cookie or bag of chips
  • One hot item (pasta bowl, grilled cheese, baked potato, or chicken tenders); piece of fruit or cookie or bag of chips
  • One Grab n Go sandwich or salad; piece of fruit or cookie or bag of chips
Nature's Cove - Breakfast

All of the following options come with ONE of the following drink choices: coffee (16 oz.), any size fountain soda, 16 oz. dispenser milk, or juice cup.

Breakfast Choices

  • Any breakfast sandwich; piece of fruit or hash brown
  • Two eggs; piece of fruit or hash brown
  • Bagel with cream cheese; piece of fruit
  • One pancake; piece of fruit or hash brown
  • One cereal container with dispenser milk; piece of fruit
  • Sausage gravy and biscuits; piece of fruit or hash brown

Lunch Choices

  • Hoagie or sandwich or wrap; piece of fruit or fries or bag of chips
  • Special of the day; piece of fruit or side
  • Bowl of soup; piece of fruit or fries or bag of chips
  • Salad; piece of fruit or fries or bag of chips

 

Dining Services reserves the right to inspect any packages, coats, bags, purses, etc., brought into the dining area.
All inspections will be done in a reasonable manner (as determined by Dining Services) and in compliance with all applicable College policies.

Account Information

Purchasing a Dining Plan

Resident Students

If you will be living in college-owned housing, your dining plan was selected as part of your housing contract and will automatically be added to your tuition bill. Requests to change your dining plan board option must be sent via email to dining@pct.edu. Please include student name, ID number, current plan, and the plan you wish to change to (19 or 14).

For more information about the housing contract contact Residence Life.

Off-Campus/Commuter Students

Students who will not be living in college-owned housing can request a Fall 2018 dining plan starting June 22, 2018 through the SIS. Your dining plan will be added to your tuition bill.

ID Card

A valid Penn College ID card is required for use of your dining plan. Your account information is stored on the magnetic stripe on the back of your card. You present your ID card to the Dining Services cashier, who will swipe the card to transfer purchases to your dining plan account.

You are responsible to protect the security of your card. ID cards are nontransferable; you may not "lend out" your card to others. Cards that are used by someone other than the cardholder will be confiscated; and disciplinary action may be taken.

Lost or stolen cards should be reported immediately to Dining Services. This can be done through GET, on the SIS, or by calling 570-327-4767.

Account History

You can check your account history and current balance through GET, on the SIS, or by stopping into the Dining Services office (LEC/A137).

Add-on Process

Add-ons to an existing account can be done anytime throughout the semester. Additions can be made with a credit card through GET or the SIS. You may also stop by the Dining Services Office to add funds to your plan.

Available add-ons

  • Flex dollars (minimum $25) - option available for Board Plan account holders only.
  • Declining balance dollars - option available to Declining Balance Plan account holders only.

Refund Process

Declining Balance Plans

Balances at the end of the spring semester will be refunded if the Declining Balance account has more than $10.

Board Plan Flex Dollars

Unused flex dollars will only be refunded at the end of each semester, if additional funds were added to the account during the semester and if the account has more than $10.

Declining Balance meal plans refunds will be processed at the end of the spring semester by the method you selected when you selected a refund method through BankMobile Disbursements.  For more information about the refund process, visit the Bursar's Office Refund FAQs Web page.

Summer Meal Plans

During the summer months, Dining Services offers a $50 declining balance meal plan.

  • Bookmarks Cafe, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. (M-Th)
  • Keystone Dining Room, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. (M-Th); 8 a.m.-10:30 a.m. (F)