Frequently Asked Questions
Who may have a meal plan?
Any registered student may have a meal plan. First-year resident students must have a 19-meal plan.
If I live on campus, am I required to have a meal plan?
All upperclass residential students are automatically enrolled in the 19 Meal Plan, but have the option of changing to the 14 Meal Plan, or the 255, 210 or 180 Meal Block plans.
How do I access or change my meal plan?
If you want to change your meal plan or you are a commuter or graduate student looking to add a meal plan, log onto MAX and complete the following:
- Click on "Student Services"
- Choose "Housing and Dining"
- Click on "My Dining - Add/Change Meal Plan"
If you wish to change from a 210 Meal Plan to the 250 Plan, contact the Student Accounts Office at (717) 871-5101.
Can I check my balance?
Go to your Semester Account in your MAX to see your balance. Some dining locations on campus may be able to check your balance at the register.
When can I get meals?
Every student is allowed one meal per meal period. For example:
If you eat dinner at the Upper Deck at 5:30 p.m., you cannot use another meal until late night starts at 8:01. If you attempt to use a meal anywhere during the same dinner period, YOUR FLEX WILL BE CHARGED.
If you have a 19 or 14 meal plan, and you have used all of your meals for the week, you must wait until the new meal plan week renews on Monday morning.
Meal Plan Periods:
Breakfast - 7:00 am-10:30 am, Lunch - 10:31 am-3:30 pm,
Dinner - 3:31 pm- 8:01 pm, Late Night - 8:01 pm-11:00 pm
When does the new meal plan week renew?
The new meal plan week begins with breakfast on Monday.
How much are the meal plans?
19 Meals: $2,525 per semester [includes $150 Flex Dollars]
14 Meals: $1,988 per semester [includes $150 Flex Dollars]
255 Meals: $2,445 per semester [includes $150 Flex Dollars]
210 Meals: $2,040 per semester [includes $150 Flex Dollars]
180 Meals: $1,770 per semester [includes $150 Flex Dollars]
90 Meals: $960 per semester [includes $150 Flex Dollars] - FOR COMMUTING STUDENTS ONLY
60 Meals: $690 per semester [includes $150 Flex Dollars] - FOR COMMUTING STUDENTS ONLY
45 Meals: $555 per semester [includes $150 Flex Dollars] - FOR COMMUTING STUDENTS ONLY
For more information about these Meal Plan options, click here
What are Flex Dollars?
Flex Dollars are a debit style account to be used as an additional form of payment at any dining location. These flex dollars may be used for snacks or alternative meals, and have been developed to expand the variety of available services to Meal plan participants without assessing extra charges for these services. Every meal plan comes with some flex, and additional flex dollars can be purchased in increments of $50 throughout the semester.
Can I check my balance?
Go to your Semester Account in your MAX to see your balance. Some dining halls on campus may be able to check your balance at the register.
Do Flex Dollars carry over?
Flex Dollars will roll over from Fall to Spring Semester but are not refundable at the end of the Spring semester.
What happens if I run out of Flex Dollars?
Additional flex dollars can be purchased in increments of $50 throughout the semester. Flex dollars roll over from Fall to Spring but must be used by the end of the Spring semester.
What is Marauder Gold?
Marauder Gold is a prepaid, stored-value/debit account that is accessible via your One Card. It is the convenient, cashless way to pay on and off-campus.
Can I check my balance?
Go to Marauder Gold in your MAX to see your balance. Some dining halls on campus may be able to check your balance at the register.
How do I transfer money onto my Marauder Gold?
Go to Marauder Gold in your MAX to make deposits to your account. A minimum deposit of $25 is required.
Where can I use Marauder Gold?
The Upper Deck and all Retail locations
Marauder Express Food Truck
Computer Lab Printing
Office of Student Accounts (most fees)
BANK, SMC-ticket sales
Residence Hall Laundry Machines
Residence Hall Vending Machines
9 Normal Ave . Millersville, PA 17551
1278 Millersville Pike . Lancaster, PA 17603
2020 Columbia Ave. Lancaster, PA 17603
1655 Columbus Ave. Lancaster, PA 17603
Giant Food Stores
1360 Columbia Ave . Lancaster, PA 17603
John Herr's Village Market
25 Manor Ave . Millersville, PA 17551
777 Manor St . Lancaster, PA 17603
3101 Columbia Ave . Lancaster, PA 17603
241 N Queen St . Lancaster, PA 17603
507 Leaman Ave . Millersville, PA 17551
How do I use my guest meals?
Ask the checker to deduct a Guest meal along with your meal swipe.
Where can I use my guest meals?
Guest meals are only accepted at the Upper Deck and North Side Bistro. You can pay for guests with flex at our retail dining locations.
How many guest meals do I get?
Each Meal Plan includes two (2) guest meals per semester.
Do guest meals carry over?
Guest meals do not carry over. You will have two (2) at the beginning of each semester.
What happens if I run out of guest meals?
Students may also use flex dollars or Dining Dollars to pay for guests.
What do I do if my ID card was lost, stolen, or damaged?
A valid University photo ID card is required to be admitted to a dining facility. Registered students who have chosen a specific meal plan will have their ID card magnetically encoded for the appropriate plan. If it is lost, immediate contact should be made to the ID Office in the lobby of the Boyer Building at campus ext. 7008, or to any unit cashier where the card may be used. If your ID card is damaged, contact the ID office to get a new one. Check the ID Card Requirements
My friend is sick, can I swipe her card and bring her a meal?
The ID card is non-transferable and as such guarantees the use only by the card owner. Use or attempted use by anyone other than the owner constitutes a violation of the Student Code of Conduct and is subject to University disciplinary action.
What resources are there for my dietary needs?
MU Dining has a registered dietitian available for free consultations. Our dietitian specializes in education on diets including: diabetic, gluten-free, low fat, low salt, and weight loss. Contact MU Health Services to schedule a dietary consultation. We also provide allergy-free options in some dining locations on campus listed below:
THE UPPER DECK
A vegetarian, gluten-free area. Some dishes served will be Quinoa, Vegetarian Paella, Kasha, Fresh Roasted Vegetables, and Farro Grain
THE JUICE BAR
Fruit and veggie smoothies which are a healthy way to recover from a work out, grab a snack or use as a meal replacement
Made-to-order fresh fruit and vegetables