By purchasing any of the Residential Meal Plans you are agreeing to participate for both Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters.
Tax on the Flex Bucks portion is deducted from the account as spent. Your value may be higher or lower depending on how often you visit.
All funds and plans purchased for use in Gator Dining Services are for the personal use of the owner of the account or plan only and are non-transferable. Meals may not be bought or sold and meal plan funds and plans cannot be used as a gift card or gift certificate. • Except as otherwise expressly stated in these terms, all Gator Dining Service funds and plans are non-refundable. Meals expire on the last day of fall and spring finals exams. Flex Bucks expire at the end of the 2021 spring academic year with the Residential Meal Plans and Flex Bucks with the Commuter Meal Plans, expire on the last day of 2020 fall exams and 2021 spring exams.
The Declining Balance Account
Recommended primarily for non-resident students. Works in a similar manner to a debit card. Deposit any amount and you can add to your balance at any time. The unused balance carries forward until you graduate or leave school. Pay the retail price for meals, including dining hall meals, and it can be used at all restaurants and convenience stores on campus.
Meal Plans cannot be canceled once selected, however, a grace period is provided during which time you may choose a different meal plan or transfer the prorated value of your Residential Meal Plan to a Flex Bucks Account. All Flex Bucks and Meal Plans converted to Flex Bucks Accounts will expire on the last day of the 2021 spring exams. Fall grace period: TBD. Spring grace period: TBD.
NOTE: If you convert your meal plan to a Flex Bucks Account during either the FALL or SPRING grace periods, you are still obligated to deposit the amount of your Fall Meal Plan selection into a Flex Bucks Account for the spring semester. This will fulfill your 2-semester commitment.
Meal Plan Redemption Location Details
The All Access Meal Plans can be redeemed for unlimited swipes at the two residential dining halls: Gator Corner Dining Center and the Fresh Food Company. The cash exchange swipe is available at select locations for a cash exchange value of $6.50 for 1 swipe per day. The 10 Meals Per Week plan only allows for the 10 meals to be redeemed at The Fresh Company and Gator Corner Dining Center. Hours at the secondary locations may vary.
Prorating the Value of Your Plan
If you request to modify your meal plan under one of the three approved circumstances — that is, a) you are transferring to a Flex Bucks Account during the grace period noted prior, b) you are joining a fraternity or sorority with a mandatory meal plan component (see fraternity and sorority terms & conditions), or c) you are graduating or withdrawing from school — then the remaining value of your meal plan will be prorated on a weekly basis, based on the number of weeks remaining in the semester. This method applies to all meal plans regardless of how many meals have been eaten. In addition, a $35 administration fee will be assessed for refunds.
If your account is in good standing at the start of 2021 spring semester, and you are participating in a residential meal plan for the spring semester as agreed, then any unused Flex Bucks remaining from the fall semester will carry forward for your use during the spring semester. Otherwise, your fall Flex Bucks will expire at the end on the last day of 2020 fall exams. Please note that Flex Bucks for the spring semester will expire on the last day of 2021 spring exams and will not carry forward to subsequent semesters.
Financial Aid Deferred Payment
You may defer payment of your Residential Meal Plan, Commuter Meal Plan or your Declining Balance Account if the expected amount of your financial aid award is large enough to cover your meal plan PLUS the amount of your tuition, campus housing expenses (if applicable) and any bookstore deferment you may have chosen.
Your Residential Meal Plan will be activated at the beginning of the fall and spring semester without further notification to you. Please note that if for any reason your financial aid does not cover all or part of your activated meal plan, then you are responsible to pay any remaining amount due. The minimum Declining Balance request for Financial Aid Deferred Payment is $500.
The Residential Meal Plan for fall and spring semesters begin when the residence halls open and end when the residence halls close. Specific dates to be determined. Dining Halls will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday, winter holiday, spring break, and other University holidays. Dining location hours are subject to change due to school holidays, inclement weather, and exam schedules.
Meal Plans are Non-Transferable
All Meal Plans are non-transferable. Only the participant may use the allotted meals at the residential dining halls and the secondary locations that allow for cash equivalency. The Flex Bucks portion of the Meal Plan may be used to treat friends to a meal if desired.