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Meal Plans and Dining Services

Providing an exceptional dining services program throughout campus. Participation in a dining services meal plan is required for all students living in university residence halls except for graduate students and student living in Sustainable Village. For more information about dining services, please visit www.uaf.edu/dining

 2016-2017 Meal Plans
A combination of block dinners and Munch Money

Block Dinners are used in Dine Forty-nine for all-you-care-to-eat dinner and exchanged for up to a $7.00 equivalency at most UAF campus dining locations (excluding Subway) from 4:30 p.m. until closing. 

Munch Money is used like cash at all dining locations and vending machines on campus.  

Freshmen residing on campus must select either Block 105 or Block 75. 

  • All pricing is per semester.
  • The student will automatically be enrolled in the same meal plan in the Spring semester, unless UAF Dining Services is notified in writing of a different selection.
  • Remaining block dinners will expire on the final day of the semester.
  • Block equivalency is not redeemable for cash.
  • Leftover Munch Money in the Fall semester will be added to the Spring meal plan. However, all unused Munch Money expires at the end of the academic year after May 8, 2017.
  • Unused blocks and Munch Money will not be refunded.

Please note: A default plan will automatically be assigned if an alternate plan is not selected prior to August 10, 2016. The default plan is determined by housing assignment:

  • Cutler residents -  Block 15
  • Wickersham residents - Gold Plan
  • All other residents - Block 105

Fall 2016 Refund Schedule  

Prior to September 10    
100% refund or prorated refund based upon actual usage

September 10-September 23
50% refund 

No refunds will be give after September 23, 2016

Spring 2017 Refund Period

 Prior to January 28  

100% refund or prorated refund based upon actual usage

January 28-February 10
50% refund 

No refunds will be give after February 10, 2017

100% refund calculations are based on actual meal plan usage. Requests during the 50% refund period will be reimbursed no more than half of the meal plan fees paid, regardless of usage.

Frequently Asked Dining Questions

We hope that the following questions and answers are helpful to you. Should you have a question that is not addressed please contact UAF Dining Services at uaf-dining@alaska.edu

What is the deadline to pay for my meal plan?

Fees for your meal plan are due on or before the fee payment deadline (September 12, 2016 for Fall; January 30, 2017 for Spring). Payments should be made electronically via UA Online or directly with the Office of the Bursar located in Signers' Hall. 

For meal plans added after the fee payment deadline, please make payment within five (5) business days from your request.

Where can I use my meal plan? 
UAF meal plans are usable at all UAF Dining Services locations and on campus vending machines that have a PolarExpress card reader. Meal plans are not accepted off campus.
How do I access the block dinners from my meal plan? 

Block dinners are loaded onto your PolarExpress card for use. Simply swipe your card to redeem a block for each all-you-care-to-eat dinner at Dine 49 or to exchange a block for up to a $7.00 equivalency at most UAF campus dining locations from 4:30 p.m. until closing. Subway is excluded from the block equivalency program. No cash back will be given on the block equivalency.

Please note:  Your PolarExpress card is REQUIRED to access your block dinners. No exceptions.
If your PolarExpress card is lost or stolen, immediately notify the PolarExpress Office in Signers Hall at 907-474-7384 to have them disable use on that card. Funds used will not be reimbursed.

How do I use the Much Money from my meal plan?
Your PolarExpress card will be used similar to a debit card, swiping it for each meal purchase. The amount of the transaction will be deducted from the remaining Munch Money balance on your account. You may view your current Munch Money balance on the bottom of each purchase receipt.  

Please note: Your PolarExpress card is REQUIRED to access your Munch Money. No exceptions. 
If your PolarExpress card is lost or stolen, immediately notify the PolarExpress Office in Signers Hall at 907-474-7384 to have them disable use on that card. Funds used will not be reimbursed.
How do I check my block dinner and Munch Money balance?

You may check the balance of your block dinners and Munch Money via eAccounts website: 
https://eacct-ualaska-sp.blackboard.com/eaccountsuaf/AnonymousHome.aspx

In addition, if you use Munch Money to make a purchase your account balance is listed on the bottom of the receipt. 

What happens to remaining blocks and Munch Money at the end of the Fall semester?

Leftover block dinners will expire on the final day of the semester (December 16, 2016).  Munch Money remaining at the end of the Fall semester will roll over and be ADDED to the Spring meal plan.

Meal plans are purchased on a semester basis and another dining plan for the Spring semester is required if living in on-campus housing.

All unused block dinners and remaining Munch Money expires after May 8, 2017 and will NOT be refunded.

Will I get a refund if I cancel my meal plan?

If you choose to cancel your meal plan prior to the 100% refund deadline (September 9, 2016 for Fall; January 27, 2017 for Spring) all meal plan fees will be refunded, based on actual plan usage.  Each block dinner used will have a value charged of $10.95.  All block dinners and Munch Money used will be subtracted from the refund amount.

Students requesting a cancellation during the 50% refund period will be reimbursed no more than half of the meal plan fees paid, regardless of usage. Any usage above 50% of the fees will result in a reduced refund. 

All dining refunds are applied to the student’s University account and then issued by the Office of the Bursar per their policies. A refund payment will only be issued once the student's account is paid in full.

Please see the refund schedule for change/cancellation deadlines.

Can I switch my meal plan from semester to semester?

You may switch your dining plan between semesters for 100% refund of the original plan, based upon actual usage, by submitting a change form to UAF Dining Services before the Spring 100% refund deadline (January 27, 2017). After this date a prorated amount will be charged for use. Please see the refund schedule for more information on the prorated amount.
Can I add more blocks or Munch Money to my meal plan, if I run low?
Adding to your meal plan is easy. Simply complete the electronic Change/Cancellation Form indicating the Top Off plan you prefer. We will add the charge to your UA account and you pay either though UAOnline or directly with the Office of the Bursar within five (5) business days.
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