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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Meal Plans & Dining Dollars

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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.

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.

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.

Fall 2016 Costs:

  • Maverick AnyTime $1,347 (includes 100 Dining Dollars)
  • Maverick 14 $1,399 (includes 200 Dining Dollars)
  • Maverick 160 $1,281 (includes 25 Dining Dollars and ability to convert meals to Dining Dollars)

Click here to purchase a Meals Only meal plan!

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 15 through September 2 using the Meal Plan Change Request.

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.

Dining Dollars and MavCASH: There is a Difference


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