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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Meal Plans

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Are Students Required to Have a Meal Plan?

Yes, the Housing Contract states that all contracts include board (meal plans) unless arrangements have been made in writing with the Department of Residential Life. A limited number of Maverick 250 Dining Dollars plans are available to students.

Choosing Your Meal Plan

Beginning February 1, students with a housing reservation for 2016-2017 may go online through E-services to choose their meal plan. If you would prefer to fill out a paper form to select your meal plan, you can download that form here (broken link) and return it to our office.

Students who do not select a meal plan by August 14, 2016 will be assigned the Maverick AnyTime Plan to start the school year however students may change their meal plan by September 2, 2016.

Off-Campus Meal Plans for 2016-2017

University Dining Services offers voluntary Block Meal Plans for off campus students which include all-you-care-to-eat meals at Carkoski Dining Hall and Dining Dollars to use at any University Dining Services location. Additionally, they offer Dining Dollar Plans which can be used at any dining location on campus.

There are two ways to purchase one of these plans.

  • Visit the University Dining Services Office in the lower level of the CSU (Room 7)
  • Purchase one over the phone using a credit card. Please call (507) 389-2613.

Requesting a Change to Your Meal Plan

Fall Semester residents of Crawford, Julia Sears, McElroy, and Preska who have not chosen a meal plan by August 14, 2016 will automatically be assigned the Maverick AnyTime plan. Residents of Stadium Heights who have not chosen a meal plan by this date will automatically be assigned the Maverick 250 Dining Dollars plan. The first meal offered by University Dining Services for the Fall Semester is the New Student and Family Barbecue on Thursday, August 18 from 4-6 p.m. in Myers Field House.

Fall Semester residents may change their meal plan August 18 through September 2 using any of the following options:

  • Submit your 2016-2017 Meal Plan Change online

Please note that any changes made to a resident's meal plan AFTER September 2 will take effect the following semester.

Converting Meals to Dining Dollars (from the Maverick 160)

Students with a Maverick 160 Meal Plan can Request to Convert Meals to Dining Dollars.

Convert any of the 160 meals a semester into Dining Dollars twice a semester (Beginning August 1 until November 30 for Fall Semester and April 30 for Spring Semester). The 2016 - 2017 conversion rate is $5.60 per meal.

Dining Dollars

All students living on campus have Dining Dollars or meals that can be converted to Dining Dollars.  Once converted, Maverick 160 Dining Dollars may not be converted back to meals.

Using Dining Dollars, you can make purchases in all University Dining Services locations by presenting your MavCARD to the cashier. Your purchase is deducted from your account and your current balance is shown on the receipt, so it is easy for you to keep track of your money. If you are unsure of your current balance at any time, just ask a cashier to scan your card. Balances can be displayed without making a purchase.

Whenever your balance runs low, you can add Dining Dollars to your account. Depending on the Meal Plan, some Dining Dollar balances remaining at the end of Fall Semester will carry over to the Spring Semester, but do not carry over to the next academic year. Dining Dollar balances on the Maverick 160 plan remaining at the end of Fall Semester do not carry over to Spring Semester and do not carry over to the next academic year.

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