Meal Plans 2014-15

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Meal Plans

These meal plans include a specific number of meal swipes per week. These plans also offer a specific amount of dining dollars to use throughout the year. Unused swipes in the 8 Track and 13 Track plans will expire on Sunday evenings each week. They will be reset and ready for the following week. All of these plans may only be used by the student, one swipe per meal period. The exception to this is the Boiler Flex Unlimited Plan which allows the student to swipe into the dining court multiple times per meal period. This plan allows flexibility for someone who likes to eat multiple times throughout the day.


Boiler Flex-Unlimited Plan

This plan is the most flexible plan, providing more value by allowing the student to enter the dining court multiple times each day. In addition to swiping into the dining courts, this plan allows for a single swipe in On-the-GO! each day. You never have to worry about running out of meals and also get $125 Dining Dollars per semester to spend around campus in the retail venues.

13-Track Plan

The 13-Track includes 13 meal swipes per week in the dining courts and On-the-GO! locations. This plan is ideal for the student who eats every lunch and dinner and offers the most dining dollars – $225 per semester – to spend in dining and retail locations across campus.

8-Track Plan

The 8-Track Plan includes 8 meal swipes per week in the dining courts and On-the-GO! locations. This plan is ideal for the student on a budget who chooses not to eat as many meals each week. This plan does not offer any Dining Dollars.

Block Meal Plans

A block meal plan includes a specific number of meal swipes per semester and a specific amount of Dining Dollars. Any meal swipes remaining after the first semester of the plan will be added to the second semester total. Any swipes remaining at the end of the meal plan contract period will expire in May. A block meal plan also allows you to pay for meals for accompanying friends or family (if you want). This plan is only available for purchase by students who are college sophomore status and above.

Boiler Block Plan

This block meal plan will include 246 meal swipes and $450 Dining Dollars per academic year. Meal swipes and Dining Dollars are distributed half in the fall and half in the spring. The meal swipes and Dining Dollars don't expire until the end of the academic year. Plus, you may use the Boiler Block Plan for yourself and for guests accompanying you in any Purdue Dining & Catering's dining facility.

Boiler Gold Plan

Hawkins Hall residents have an additional meal plan option in the Boiler Gold Plan, which includes $750 Dining Dollars per semester that can be used to spend at dining and retail locations across campus.

Note: For the 2014-2015 Academic Year, block plans are for students who are college sophomore status and above.

Correction:  This web page and the University Residences Contract Renewal brochure both contained an error when stating who is eligible for the Boiler Gold Meal Plan for 2014-15.  They incorrectly stated that Hilltop and Purdue Village residents were eligible for the Boiler Gold Meal Plan, while, in fact, only Hawkins Hall residents are eligible for the Boiler Gold Plan for academic year 2014-15.  We sincerely apologize for the error and any confusion it may have caused.

Purdue Dining & Catering offers a variety of meal plans to fit your busy schedule. New in the Fall of 2014, we will be upgrading our most popular plans. You may choose from the Boiler Flex Unlimited, the 13 Track, or the 8 Track.

The Boiler Flex Unlimited plan allows you to enter the dining courts as often as you like throughout the day. This plan also provides 1 swipe per day in our On-the-GO! locations and $125 Dining Dollars per semester.

The 13 Track and 8 Track plans offer a set number of swipes per week. The 8 track plan is our most affordable plan offering 8 meal swipes per week in the dining courts and On-the-GO! locations. This plan does not offer any dining dollars. The 13 Track offers 13 swipes per week in the dining courts and On-the-GO! locations. This plan offers $225 Dining Dollars per semester. Dining dollars are part of the meal plan and loaded directly onto your Purdue ID card. Dining dollars do not expire until the end of the academic year in May. Unspent dollars from first semester will roll over to your balance for second semester.

If you are sophomore status and above you are also eligible for the Boiler Block plan. This plan offers 123 meal swipes per semester in the dining courts and On-the-GO! locations. This plan also offers $225 Dining Dollars per semester. The Block plan provides flexibility to swipe in a guest or a group of friends in the dining courts.

Another new plan this year is the Boiler Gold plan. This plan is exclusive to the residents of Hawkins Hall. This plan is all Dining Dollars, offering $750 per semester. These Dining Dollars may be spent for a variety of things across campus in any Purdue Dining & Catering operation. Use them for a meal in the dining court, coffee at Starbucks, a quick lunch or snack from Purdue Memorial Union or any of the 24 retail satellite locations across campus. Dining Dollars do not expire until the end of the academic year in May. Unspent dollars from first semester will roll over to your balance for second semester. Check the hours of service from our website under our Hours of Operation, but you can get something to eat on campus from 6:30 a.m. until 1:00 a.m. in a variety of retail and residential dining locations.

Off Campus students are not eligible to purchase a meal plan. Please consider a BoilerExpress account to purchase meals on campus. Please view BoilerExpress for a meal purchase option.


Dining Dollars

Dining dollars are part of the meal plan and loaded directly onto your Purdue ID card. These Dining Dollars may be spent for a variety of things across campus in any Purdue Dining & Catering operation. Dining Dollars are no longer restricted in how many you can use in the retail locations or within Purdue Memorial Union. You can use them for a meal in the dining court, coffee at Starbucks, a quick lunch or snack from Purdue Memorial Union or any of the 24 retail satellite locations across campus. Dining dollars do not expire until the end of the academic year in May. Unspent dollars from first semester will roll over to your balance for second semester.

Changing Plans

Life is a series of choices. If you find that the meal plan you selected is not the best option for you, it can usually be changed. You can go online any time before the start of the semester and make changes to your meal plan. After the semester begins you can only move up in meal plans. You may increase the 8- or 13- meal plans any time during the academic year.

If you are living in Hawkins or Hilltop where a meal plan is optional, you should be aware that when selecting a meal plan you are contracting for the entire academic year. You are billed by semester, but the meal plan option is for the full year.

For the 2014-2015 Academic Year, you may reduce the number of meal swipes within meal plans or switch to the Boiler Block Plan by the following deadlines:

    • The fall deadline is Thursday, August 21, 2014.
    • The spring deadline is Sunday, January 11, 2015.

Examples:

  • Selected an 8-Track meal plan to start the semester, wanted more meals, you can move up to the 13-Track or the Boiler Flex plan anytime during the semester. The difference in cost will be billed to your MyPurdue account.
  • Selected the 13-Track meal plan to start the semester, You can move up to the Boiler Flex plan anytime during the semester. The difference in cost will be billed to your MyPurdue account.
  • If you start the semester with Boiler Block Plan, you are not allowed to change plans until the next semester.
  • If you start the semester with Boiler Flex, you are not allowed to change plans or move down to a lower plan until the next semester.
  • If you are changing plans at the semester break and moving up or down into a new plan, any unspent dining dollars will roll over to the new plan
  • Change Your Meal Plan

    The Fine Print

    When choosing a meal plan please be aware that you are signing up for the full academic year. You can increase your meal plan at anytime during the semester, but you cannot drop the meal plan while you are living in University Residences. For the 2014-2015 Academic Year, residents of Hawkins Hall are not required to purchase a meal plan. Students assigned to these residences who wish to change to a room-only option must do so prior to the start of the Fall contract. Current residents of non-apartment halls who transfer to Hilltop Apartments, Purdue Village or Hawkins Hall can select a room-only option when they are initially assigned. Residents of Hawkins Hall or Hilltop Apartments may eat at any residential dining services location by purchasing a meal plan here or by using a BoilerExpress account.