All full-time traditional undergraduate are required to purchase a meal plan for both the fall and spring semesters. Full-time students are those students who are registered for 12 or more hours per semester.

Dining Plans

Students living in any campus residence hall must purchase a meal plan each semester. All freshmen living in a residence hall must choose between the following Plan A or Plan B. Other residential students may choose among any of the four meal plans.

Plan Meal Plan Dollars Topper Tender Total Cost Meals per Week (Approximate)
$2,210 $310 $2,520 17 to 19
$1,765 $225 $1,990 14 to 16
C $1,215 $150 $1,365 8 to 10
D $665 $85 $750 4 to 6

Full-time commuter students and students living on campus in the apartments must have a $115 food and beverage account each semester. The purchase of an account is a board payment and is used to support the campus dining service. These students may choose to purchase a higher level of meal plan.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I change my meal plan?

Yes. Meal plan change requests may be made approximately one week prior to the start of classes for the fall or spring semester. Once logged in to the portal, students with a housing reservation can change their meal plan selection. After meal plans are posted to student ID cards, all changes must be made in person in the Hilltopper Card Office. No requests for changes in meal plans may be made after the 12th day of classes each semester.

Who is available to answer questions if I have a food allergy or require a special diet?

The general manager for Bon Appetit is available to offer assistance to anyone who may have temporary diet concerns. Students requiring long-term special diets should contact peterb [at] stedwards.edu (Peter Beilharz), director of Student Accounts.

Can I receive meal plan refunds?

Cancellation and refunds of the meal plan are subject to the refund schedule for tuition set forth by the Office of Student Financial Services. Refunds apply only to unused portions. Refunds of unused meal plan balances are not available to students who leave the university at the end of a semester. Per the refund schedule, no refunds will be made after the 12th day of classes. 

May I get an exemption from the meal plan?

Dining service staff welcomes opportunities to assist students in finding ways to meet their nutritional and dietary needs. However, if the dining staff is unable to support a medically necessary diet, the student may request an exemption from the meal plan by submitting the Meal Plan Waiver. [ADD LINK] 

Can I transfer money from the meal plan to topper tender?

You are not able to transfer meal plan dollars to Topper Tender. You are able to add to Topper Tender at any time. 

Other Meal Plan Policies

  • The Meal Plan balances of any students who are dismissed from the university and who are not entitled to re-enroll will be forfeited at the time of the dismissal.
  • Your balance will be displayed each time you use your Hilltopper Card.
  • Meal plan dollars can only be used at the following locations: South Congress Market in Ragsdale Conference Center, The Huddle in Le Mans Hall, Hunt Hall Café all services including Coffee Bar/Bakery, Outtakes (convenience store), Meadows Coffeehouse and Doyle Cafe.
  • Any unused balance of a student’s meal plan will roll over from the fall to the spring semester. As of June 30 every year, student meal plan account balances will be reduced to $0.00. As of that date, any meal plan dollars remaining from the fall or spring semester will be forfeited. Please note that all students must purchase a meal plan each semester regardless of any balance he/she has rolled-over from the fall to the spring semester.