Cafeteria Expenses 2014-15

Dorm Students

If you live in a residence hall, you are required to choose a cafeteria meal plan each quarter. You can choose from six plans:

Quarterly Cafeteria Plan Options
Meal Plan Cafeteria Meals Flex Dollars Cost per Quarter
Platinum 19 meals per week No $995
Platinum Flex 15 meals per week $150 per term $995
Gold 15 meals per week No $910
Gold Flex 12 meals per week $100 per term $910
Silver 8 meals per week No $775
Silver Flex 6 meals per week $75 per term $775

Your meal plan is billed as a fixed expense.  By default, your Estimated Personalize Financial Plan shows the Gold Flex meal plan -- a mid-level option -- to give you an idea of what your food costs will be. (This figure will change, of course, should you opt for a different meal plan.)

A "meal" is a cafeteria visit, not a dollar amount.  When you enter the cafeteria, a cashier scans your WWU ID card, and one meal is subtracted from your plan.

Meals do not carry over from week to week. If you run out of meals, you may continue to purchase food, paying with cash, credit card or flex dollars (explained below).

If the meal plan you've chosen isn't working, you may switch during the first week of the quarter.

Other Diners

If you are a WWU student living off-campus you may eat in the cafeteria and the Student Association Center (SAC) as often as you like. You may pay for your purchases with cash or credit card or use flex dollars (explained below).

Your family members and other guests are also welcome to eat in the cafeteria and the SAC, paying with cash or credit cards at the time of purchase.

Flex Dollars

Flex dollars make your WWU ID card work like a pre-paid debit card. You buy flex dollars in advance (either as part of a cafeteria meal plan or separately), and they're loaded onto your card. You can use your card to make purchases at the cafeteria and the SAC.

Flex dollars carry over from week to week within the quarter, but not from one quarter to another. When you make a purchase, your receipt shows your flex dollars balance so you know when to reload your card -- or whether it's time to use up your flex dollars before the quarter ends.

If the meal plan you choose includes flex dollars, they are billed as a part of that plan. Flex dollars that are purchased separately are billed monthly.

For more information, visit WWU Dining Services.

Page maintained by Stephanie Onthank
Last update on July 25, 2014