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Meal Plan Components

Your meal plan has four parts

Meals are the main components of all of our meal plans. You may use a "meal" to gain admittance to any of our all-you-care-to-eat dining halls. MPEs (see below) allow you to use a meal in most of our Retail locations. Please be aware that you are only allowed to use your meals on yourself.

Note: Meal Plan Express Meals (MPEs) allow you to use a meal in designated retail locations which accept MPEs. Meal Plans are not transferrable. Each meal plan comes with a set number of guest meals which can be used for your friends/guests or for yourself to purchase an additional meal. Parents dine for free when accompanying a meal plan participant in an all-you-care-to-eat dining hall.

Each meal plan comes with a food point account which can be used in all dining locations on campus to make purchases. Each food point is an electronic dollar in value.  Typically food points are used to make purchases in our convenience stores, at our Holy Grounds locations and to pay the remaining balance on an MPE transaction.  For example, in Holy Grounds you decide to use an MPE to pay for your purchase.  The bill comes to $9.25.  $7.25 is credited to the transaction from your MPE meal swipe and you pay off the remaining balance of $2.00 with your food points.

Note: Points are a separate account from the Wildcard account (NovaBucks); however, both are contained on the Wildcard.

Unlike regular meals where you can only use them on yourself, guest meals can be used to treat a visiting friend. If you run out of regular meals, you can use guest meals on yourself as well! Guest meals can also be used as an MPE in our Retail locations accepting MPEs.

To provide you with flexibility to use your meal plan to purchase food on the go, the Meal Plan Express program, or MPEs for short, can be used at participating Retail locations.

For each meal you use, a set dollar value is deducted from your purchase in participating retail locations (see MPEs participating locations and values).  Any balance remaining after the MPE credit is applied can be paid using food points, NovaBucks, Credit Card or cash.

For getting the most out of your meal plan, the all-you-care-to-eat dining halls offer the greatest value, selection and variety.  Use the MPE program when you cannot make it to one of the dining halls, when you need a meal on the go, or just crave something special from one of our retail locations.

Note: MPEs are not "additional" meals, every MPE comes out of your meal plan total.

MPE Values and Meal Periods

Holy Grounds Bartley, Holy Grounds Connelly, Holy Grounds CEER, Recovery Room*
Period MPE Value Time
Breakfast $7.50 7:30 am - 11:00 am
Lunch/Brunch $7.50 11:00 am - 4:10 pm
Dinner $7.50 4:11 pm - 8:30 pm
Late Night $7.50 8:30 pm - 1:00 am
Donahue Market
Period MPE Value Time
Dinner/Late Night $8.50 8:00 pm - Close
2nd Storey
Period MPE Value Time
Breakfast $7.50 7:30 am - 11:00 am
Lunch/Brunch $8.50 11:00 am - 4:10 pm
Dinner $8.50 4:11 pm - 8:30 pm
Late Night $8.50 8:30 pm - 2:00 am
Cafe Nova, Exchange*, Belle Air Terrace
Period MPE Value Time
Breakfast $7.50 7:30 am - 11:00 am
Lunch/Brunch $8.50 11:00 am - 4:10 pm
Dinner/Late Night $8.50 4:11 pm - Close

* MPE is accepted in The Recovery Room (Driscoll Hall) and The Curley Exchange (Bartley Hall) only when the applicable upgrade option is added to a meal plan.

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Meal Plan Office

106 Dougherty Hall
(610) 519-4170

Office Hours

Monday - Friday
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Subject to change during Holidays and breaks

Find the Perfect Meal Plan

We offer several meal plan options, whether you're a resident first year student, living in the new Lancaster Ave. Commons or a commuter we have a plan that will meet your needs.

Check out our new online guide to find a meal plan and sign up!