Meal Plan Request

All meal plan changes must be approved by the Assistant Dean of Students or Assistant Director of Residence Life. Meal plan changes may only occur prior to the dining hall’s opening each semester.

Meal Plan Request Application

Meal Plan Options

Southwestern College uses Fresh Ideas food service to provide meals for students, faculty and staff on campus. 

Students who live in the residence halls are required to choose a meal plan. Residents who do not select a meal plan will be assigned the meal plan with the highest allotted of meal credits. Each meal plan has a different amount of meals allotted. Each time the student uses the cafeteria, the meal will be deducted from their weekly total. (10, 14, or 17 meals/week) The meal credits are only used in the cafeteria and only one meal credit can be used per meal period (If a guest is eating with you, you may use your flex dollars). Unused meals credits do not roll over to the next week. 

The cafeteria offers breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday through Friday and brunch Saturday and Sunday. 

The Java Jinx snack bar offers made to order items including specialty sandwiches, salads, pizzas and snacks. The Stir and Bustle offers coffee, specialty drinks, and grab and go food items. The Java Jinx and Stir and Bustle use “flex dollars” and Declining Cash Balance (DCB).

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Flex Dollars vs. Declining Cash Balance (DCB)

Flex dollars are included with the meal plan and is similar to debit card in that money will be seen as a declining balance. Flex dollars do not roll over from semester to semester. The Declining Cash Balance Program is additional money that can be added on your card. DCB money can be rolled over from fall to spring, but goes away at the end of the spring semester. Flex dollars and DCB can be used in the cafeteria in addition to meal credits, but the Java Jinx and Stir and Bustle only takes Flex and DCB.

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