If you live in a residence hall you must have a full meal plan. College policy permits students who are living on campus in the residence halls to choose from any of the three full meal plan options. Students living off campus, are student teaching, or doing clinicals through the Nursing Department are allowed to select the partial meal plan option. Visit Housing/Meal Plan Options Over Breaks for more information on when the plans are valid for use.
Only students who live off campus in non-St. Olaf housing are allowed to select the “No Meal Plan” option.
You are able to select your meal plan online through the SIS (Student Information System). Once you are signed in click on the Financials link on the left hand side. From the financials page you will see a drop down menu on the right side, choose a meal plan from the drop down. This will bring you to the page where you can select or change your meal plan.
For support with specific dietary requirements, see the Procedures for Meal Plan Support.
Changes to meal plans can only be made until 4 pm on the 3rd business day of the term.
2023-24 Meal Plans
Full Meal Plan Option – $6,800 for the year or $3,400 per semester
Students get a certain number of meals per week based on their selected plan. Each week begins at Friday breakfast and ends after Thursday dinner. Any unused meals for the week are forfeited and do not carry over. Two of the meal plans include flex dollars, which are extra funds that can be used at the Cage, Stav Hall, and the Kings Room. Students should carefully budget their flex dollars, so they don’t spend all of their flex dollars early in the semester and then not have the flex dollars to supplement the cafeteria meals when needed.
Students must use their Ole Card to access their meal plan and utilize Stav and Bag lunch as well as use flex dollars in The Cage. If you have lost your Ole card you must make arrangements with dining services to eat until you get your new card.
|21 Meal Plan: 21 meals per week, no flex dollars. For students that prefer to eat three meals a day in the cafeteria.
|17 Meal Plan: 17 meals per week and $380 flex dollars per year. For students who will eat the majority of their meals in the cafeteria, but may miss a couple meals here and there. This plan allows the students to get the bulk of their meals through the cafeteria, but also enables students to occasionally eat meals or have snacks in other locations using their flex dollars. Students receive $170 flex dollars each semester and $40 for January Term.
|14 Meal Plan: 14 meals per week and $540 flex dollars per year. For students who only eat two meals a day in the cafeteria. This plan is best for students whose schedules may conflict with the cafeteria hours or who prefer to have more flex spending dollars at locations other than the cafeteria. Students receive $240 flex dollars each semester and $60 for January Term.
Partial Meal Plan Option – $3,400 for the year or $1,700 per semester
College policy permits students living off campus, in an Honor House, student teaching, or doing clinicals through the Nursing Department to select the partial board option.
|210 Meal Plan: 90 meals per semester, 30 meals during January Term, and $450 flex dollars per year. Meals are not restricted to a week usage. Students receive $205 flex dollars each semester and $40 for January Term.
January Term- January Term meal plans are provided at no additional charge for students who are paying for a board plan Semester I or Semester II, if they are registered for January Term or Semester II. January Term meal plans are NOT provided for students who graduate or leave after Semester I, who are not registered for January Term or Semester II. The January Term meal plan will default to the plan elected for Semester I, unless the student was not here for Semester I, in which case it defaults to the meal plan elected for Semester II. There are no refunds given for students who do not use their meal plan over the January Term. If you do not have a meal plan for fall or spring the cost to have a meal plan for January Term is $680.
Meals Over Breaks – The cafeteria (Stav Hall) is typically open for lunch and dinner over breaks, which is included in the cost of the meal plan. The cafeteria occasionally closes on a holiday or break (e.g., a couple of days for Thanksgiving or Christmas break), during which time the College will provide alternative meal options for students on meal plans, such as additional dollars to use at the Cage, pack-out meals, or a pantry.
Meal Plan Refunds – There are no refunds given for unused meals or flex dollars. The only time a refund is given is if a student fully withdraws from the college part of the way through the term. The refund policy for that situation is listed at STO-55.
No Meal Plan Option – Only students who live off campus in non-St. Olaf housing are allowed to select the “No Meal Plan” option. If you switch from a board option to a no board option within the change deadline, but you have used your plan, you will be billed a pro-rated amount based on the amount that you use.
Summer 2024 Meal Plans
Each meal plan has a set number of meals to use over the course of the entire summer 5/26/2024 – 8/28/2024. If you run out of meals you can add an additional meal plan by contacting the student accounts office. There are no refunds for unused meals. Once the summer session starts or the meal plans are used, the plan cannot be dropped, switched or refunded. Stav hours vary over the summer and may not be available for every meal.