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, 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 bonus meals for the semester.
- 19 Meals / $300 Flex / 5 Bonus
- 14 Meals / $300 Flex / 5 Bonus
- 10 Meals / $300 Flex / 5 Bonus
- 5 Meals / $300 Flex / 5 Bonus
- 80 Meals / $150 Flex / 5 Bonus
- 50 Meals / $200 Flex / 5 Bonus
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. Bonus 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. 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 facilities, 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.
2021-2022 Dining Plan Rates*
- 19 Meal Board Plan: $2,554
- 14 Meal Board Plan: $2,110
- 10 Meal Board Plan: $1,886
- 5 Meal Board Plan: $1,138
- 80 Meal Block Plan: $700
- 50 Meal Block Plan: $560
- $500 Declining Balance
- $300 Declining Balance
- $100 Declining Balance
What We Recommend
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.
All resident students must select a board plan as outlined in their housing contract.
Important Dining Plan Dates
Fall Semester 2021
All dining plans begin after 4 p.m.
through Nov. 28
Board meals not available
All dining plans end for semester at close of business
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.
This dining unit is an all-you-care-to-eat facility. Select items such as deli sandwiches, grill items, pizza, fresh salads, homemade soups, desserts, and gluten-friendly menu items. Student will have a board or block meal subtracted from their account as they enter.
*For a limited time, students not eating in the dining room will be allowed one to-go container for take-out. A meal consists of:
- One of the following: entree, grill sandwich, large salad, bowl of soup, deli sandwich, wrap, hoagie, or two slices of pizza
- Two sides
- One fountain beverage, milk, or coffee
- One dessert
Students may make one trip through the line and to make their meal selection. Any item may be included as part of the board or block meal utilizing the following guidelines:
- Two of the following: entree, grill sandwich, large salad, bowl of soup, deli sandwich, wrap, or hoagie
- Packaged and retail items, with a manufacturers bar code must be purchased with flex dollars and are not part of a meal.
- There is NO SHARING OF MEALS. Bonus 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 or block 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
All of the following options come with ONE of the following drink choices: bottled water, coffee, fountain beverage, half pint of milk, or hot chocolate packet.
- Two items from the hot table; piece of fruit or cookie or bag of chips
- Dozen boneless wings with blue cheese and celery
- One Grab n Go item; piece of fruit or cookie or bag of chips
All of the following options come with ONE of the following drink choices: bottled water, coffee, fountain beverage, dispenser milk, or juice cup.
all options come with choice of one side: piece of fruit, sausage patty, or hash brown
- Any breakfast sandwich
- Made-to-order eggs
- Bagel with cream cheese
- One cereal container with dispenser milk
- Sausage gravy and biscuits
all options come with choice of one side: side of the day, bag of chips, cup of soup, piece of fruit, fries, or cookie
- Hoagie or Sandwich or Wrap
- Special of the day
- Burger or Hot Sandwich
- Bowl of soup
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include student name, ID number, current plan, and the plan you wish to change to (19 or 14).
*The 10-meal option is only available to resident students who have lived on-campus two full semesters prior to the semester in which they are requesting the change be applied.
Students who will not be living in college-owned housing can request a Fall 2020 dining plan starting June 14,2021 through the SIS. Your dining plan will be added to your tuition bill.
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.
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.
- Flex dollars (minimum $25) - option available for Board Plan account holders only.
- Declining balance dollars - option available to Declining Balance Plan account holders only.
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.
- Keystone Dining Room, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. (M-Th); 8 - 10 a.m. (F)