Meal Plans & Dining DollarsPage address: https://www.mnsu.edu/reslife/dining/
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.
Beginning February 1, students with a housing reservation for 2017-2018 may go online through E-services to choose their meal plan.
Students who do not select a meal plan by August 13, 2017 will be assigned the Maverick AnyTime Plan to start the school year however students may change their meal plan until September 1, 2017.
Meal Plans for Students Living Off Campus
Residential Life offers meal plans for students who live off campus too! Meal plans for off campus students remain in effect for ONE SEMESTER, giving students ultimate flexibility.
Spring 2017 Costs:
- Maverick AnyTime $1,412 (includes 100 Dining Dollars)
- Maverick 14 $1,463 (includes 200 Dining Dollars)
- Maverick 160 $1,281 (includes 25 Dining Dollars and ability to convert meals to Dining Dollars)
Fall Semester residents of Crawford, Julia Sears, McElroy, and Preska who have not chosen a meal plan by August 13, 2017 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 17 from 4-6 p.m. in Myers Field House.
Fall Semester residents may change their meal plan August 14 through September 1 using the Meal Plan Change Request.
Please note that any changes made to a resident's meal plan AFTER September 1 will take effect the following semester.
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.
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.
Minnesota State University, Mankato is one of only two Minnesota universities listed in Allergic Living magazine's nationwide summary of universities that offer programs and menu options for students living with food allergies. Our dining partner, Sodexho, offers the Simple Servings program in our brand new, University Dining Center.
Simple Servings is our solution to proactively address most of the ingredients that account for 90 percent of all food-allergy reactions: milk, eggs, wheat, soy, shellfish, peanuts, and tree nuts. Simple Servings also recognizes the current skyrocketing demans for gluten-free foods, which certain students may require out of medical necessity or simply by choice. Simple Servings also appeals to students who prefer plain and simple foods and those with other health-related dietary concerns, such as Type 1 Diabetes.
With Simple Servings, students can comply with food allergy or other dietary concerns without feeling singled out. They won't have to go off campus for their meals or miss out on dining with their friends while waiting for the chef to specially prepare their meals.
The lunch and dinner menu change daily and include varied protein options: fish, beef, pork, chicken, and turkey. All side dishes are vegan, containing no milk, eggs, or meat products. Click here for more information on Simple Servings. You may also contact our Registered Dietician, Lexi Cournoyer, who can assist you and answer your questions.