Meal Plans

Meal Plan Options

Board Plans

Board plans guarantee a student a set amount of meals (19, 14, 10, or 5 per week, Sunday-Saturday). These plans are accepted for meals at CC Commons, Capitol Eatery, Keystone Dining Room, Nature's Cove, and Penn Central. Each plan comes with $300 flex and 5 guest meals.

Meals reset every Sunday morning. Unused meals do not carry from week-to-week and will not be refunded at the end of the semester.

One board 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.

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. Returning resident students may select a 19-, 14-, or 10-meal board plan.

Declining Balance Plans

Students may set aside funds for purchasing food on campus using a declining balance system that automatically deducts the amount of each purchase from the student's account. The amount of purchase and balance remaining in the account is shown on the student's purchase receipt.

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

2015-16 Meal Plan Rates

  • 19 Meal Board Plan: $2,358
  • 14 Meal Board Plan: $1,948
  • 10 Meal Board Plan: $1,742
  • 5 Meal Commuter Board Plan: $1,050
  • $780 Declining Balance
  • $600 Declining Balance
  • $360 Declining Balance
  • $150 Declining Balance

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What We Recommend

Commuter/Off-Campus Students

All off-campus and commuter students should invest in a meal plan. We recommend starting with the 5-meal Commuter Board Plan.

Declining Balance Plans

These plans are a great way to set money aside. These funds can ONLY be used for food or those items found in our dining units or vending machines on campus.

Resident Students

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

Meal Plan Information

Important Meal Plan Dates

Fall Semester 2015

  • All meal plans begin with breakfast on Saturday, August 15.
  • Board meals cannot be used November 25 - 30, during Thanksgiving Vacation.
  • All meal plans end with dinner on December 11.

Spring Semester 2016

  • All meal plans begin with breakfast on Saturday, January 9.
  • Board meals can not be used March 5-12, during Spring Break.
  • All meal plans end with dinner on May 6.

Meal Options

Board 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.

If a student will not be eating in the dining unit, one to-go container will be rung as a board meal. Students may choose for their take-out meal from either one entree, one hoagie or deli sandwich, one grill sandwich, or a large salad. Each of these options comes with two sides and includes any fountain beverage, or any size milk, or any size coffee, or one spring 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 orange juice, half pint of Valley Farms milk, or hot chocolate packet.

  • Bagel with cream cheese or cinnamon roll or donut; piece of fruit
  • Two slices of breakfast pizza; piece of fruit
  • Two items from the hot table (pizza or breadsticks); piece of fruit or cookie or bag of chips
  • One evening wing special with blue cheese and celery
  • One Grab n Go sandwich, salad, or entree; 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: any size coffee, any size fountain soda, 16 oz. dispenser milk, or half pint orange juice.

  • 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 waffle; 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
Nature's Cove - Lunch

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

  • Hoagie or sandwich or wrap; piece of fruit or fries or bag of chips
  • Special of the day; piece of fruit or mini 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 Meal Plan

Resident Students

If you will be living in college-owned housing, your meal plan was selected as part of your housing contract and will automatically be added to your tuition bill. Requests to change your meal plan board option must be sent via e-mail 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 2015 meal plan starting June 18, 2015 through the SIS. Your meal plan will be added to your tuition bill.

ID Card

A valid Penn College ID card is required for use of your meal 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 meal 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 on the SIS or by calling 570-327-4767.

Account History

You can check your account history and current balance on the SIS or by stopping into the Dining Services office.

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 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 each 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.

PCT One CardDeclining Balance meal plan refunds will be processed through your PCT OneCard at the end of each semester. You must activate your card and select a refund preference or we will not be able to process your refund. For more information about the PCT OneCard, visit the Bursar's Office Refund FAQs Web page.

Summer Meal Plans

During the summer months, Dining Services offers a $150 declining balance meal plan.

  • Bookmarks Cafe, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. (M-Th)
  • Keystone Dining Room, 7:45 a.m.-2 p.m. (M-Th); 7:45 a.m.-noon (F)