Frequently asked questions

Cartoon graphic of questioning manWe 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.

Participation in the food services program is required of all students living in university residence halls and Culter Apartment Complex, with the exception of graduate students.

Meal plans are purchased on a semester basis. The selected meal plan for fall will be automatically applied to the students account for the spring semester; unless UAF Dining has been notified of the changes in writing.

Fees for your meal plan are due on or before the fee payment deadline (September 6, 2019 for fall; January 20, 2020 for spring). Payments should be made electronically via UAOnline 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.

Commuter students may purchase any of the meal plans offered by using the electronic application service or completing a paper meal plan application (PDF) and submitting it to Dining Services at uaf-dining@alaska.edu.

UAF meal plans are accepted at all UAF Dining Services locations and on campus vending machines that have a PolarExpress card reader. Meal plans are not accepted off campus.

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 blocks for up to a $7.00 equivalency at most UAF campus dining locations from 11:00 a.m. until closing. Subway is excluded from the block equivalency program. No cash back will be given on the block equivalency.  

Weekly blocks reset on Monday mornings. Unused block meals are non-refundable and expire when the plan resets.  Blocks bundles expire at the end of the semester.

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.

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.

You may check the balance of your blocks and Munch Money via eAccounts website.

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

Adding to your meal plan is easy. Simply complete the electronic Change/Cancellation Form indicating the Add-On 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 of your request.

Weekly blocks reset on Monday mornings, unused block meals are non-refundable and expire when the plan resets. 

Blocks bundles expire at the end of the semester (December 15, 2019 for the Fall; May 4, 2020 for the Spring). No refunds will be given for unused blocks.

Munch Money remaining at the end of the fall semester will roll over and be ADDED to the spring meal plan.

At the end of the spring semester any remaining Munch Money will expire (May 4, 2020). No refunds will be given on unused Munch Money

Refunds are calculated based on weekly block access and Munch Money used and refund period of request.  No changes/cancellations after the 50% refund deadline.  All meal plan fees to be reimbursed for changes or cancellations may be used to pay for other obligations owed by the student to the University. Any portion not applied as provided herein will be refunded to the student by the Office of the Bursar.

Please see the refund schedule for change/cancellation deadlines.

You may switch your meal plan between semestersby submitting a change form to UAF Dining Services before the 100% refund deadline (September 6, 2019 for the fall; January 24, 2020 for the spring).

During the 50% deadline a prorated amount will be charged for use. Please see the refund schedule for more information on the prorated amount.

No changes will be granted after the 50% deadline.