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Meal Plan FAQs

How does my meal plan work?

There are two components to meal plans: meal points and meal swipes. The Premium, Standard, Minimum, and Value Combo plans for students living in the Residential Suites only have meal points. The 10, 14, and 19 plans for students living in the Residence Halls have a combination of meal swipes and 125 meal points.

Meal Points:

Meal points are like a pre-paid debit card and can be used at any food venue on campus. One point is equivalent to one dollar.

Meal Swipes:

Meal swipes are used primarily for meals at Los Olivos, but our innovative meal "exchange" program adds a great deal of flexibility to your plan (see below for details). You are only allowed one meal swipe during any given meal period.

How do I pay for a friend using my meal plan?

You can use your meal points to buy food for anyone you wish, including meals at Los Olivos. Your meal swipes are non-transferrable, meaning only you can dine using this portion of your plan.

What are "exchanges" and where can I use them?

An exchange is an enhancement to the 10, 14, or 19 meal plan that allows students to use their meals at selected locations to purchase food when it is inconvenient to dine at Los Olivos or when Los Olivos is closed.

A meal exchange has a dollar value of $6.50 at Los Olivos, The Den, or Vista Market:

You may purchase items a la carte up to a value of $6.50 at the Los Olivos Lobby, The Den, or Vista Market. You may select any food items and receive a $6.50 credit for a meal swipe. You may use your meal points, cash, or credit card if your purchase exceeds the $6.50 limit at any of these locations. No change will be given if your purchase is under $6.50.

You may also exchange a meal for a $6.20 value at the Pony Express convenience store in the College of Business Administration. You may use your meal points, cash, or credit card if your purchase exceeds the $6.20 limit at this location. No change will be given if your purchase is under $6.20.

Remember, you are only allowed one meal swipe during any given meal period.

What is a meal period?

A meal period is a time period in which students on the 10, 14, or 19 meal plan can use one meal swipe. A second meal swipe for these plans during the same meal period is not allowed. Meal periods are set up as follows:

  • Breakfast: Open to 10:59 a.m.
  • Lunch/Brunch: 11:00 a.m. to 4:59 p.m.
  • Dinner: 5:00 p.m. to 7:59 p.m.
  • Late Night: 9:00 p.m. to Close

What's the difference between Meal Points and Bronco Bucks?

Meal Points

Meal points come with the mandatory Residential Suites plans (The Premium, Standard, Minimum, or Value Combo) and the 10, 14, and 19 meal plans for the Residence Halls. These plans generally come bundled with your housing contract. Meal points are for food purchases only and are NOT accepted for books, supplies, clothing, movie tickets, printing on campus, or any other non-food item. Additionally, select vending machines across campus accept meal points. Meal points carry over from quarter to quarter as long as your UHS account is in good standing. However, unused meal points expire at the end of spring quarter and are not refundable.

Bronco Bucks

Bronco Bucks is a fast, convenient, and cashless way to make purchases on campus, and functions much like a regular bank debit account. Any student, staff, or faculty member (or parent/guardian) can add Bronco Bucks to their Bronco Access Card (Cal Poly Pomona ID card) without having a meal plan or in addition to a meal plan. You simply deposit money into your account and these funds may be spent using your Bronco Access Card at any food venue, convenience store, select vending machines, the Bronco Bookstore, computer labs, ASI Box Office, and for printing and copying at the library and Help Desk. Bronco Bucks never expire as long as you are an active student, faculty or staff member, or emeritus. Meal points cannot be converted into Bronco Bucks.

Please keep in mind, if you have both meal points and Bronco Bucks, be sure to let the cashier know which account you would like to use to make your purchase.

When does my meal plan replenish with meal swipes? What about points?

The 10, 14, and 19 meal plans replenish every Saturday morning at 2 a.m. The unused meals do not roll over from week to week. Meal points are replenished at the beginning of each quarter.

How do I change my meal plan?

Meal plan change requests are processed through University Housing Services. If you wish to change your meal plan for the following quarter, requests can be submitted online via the UHS StudentWeb during the last two weeks of the fall and winter quarters. You can also upgrade your meal plan anytime! Please contact UHS for details at 909.869.3307.

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