The meal portion of the plan provides credits for prepaid meals at Hopper Dining Hall and the Gamecock Diner. When using meals at Hopper you can eat them in any combination of the all-you-care-to-eat breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. The only restriction on board meals is that you are allowed only one breakfast, one lunch and one dinner per day (except on the unlimited plan which allows unlimited dining all day at Hopper only). The meal plan can be used only by the valid cardholder. If the student wishes to treat a friend, he/she must use dollars from their flex account. On the 14 or 10 meals per week plan, the meals are reset each week on Monday morning for a new set of meals for the upcoming Monday through Sunday period. If you do not use all of your 14 or 10 meals within the week they will not roll over to the next week. There are no refunds on the unused meals.
The meal plan also provides a declining balance account of flex dollars to be used at campus dining locations such as Hopper Dining Hall, Gamecock Diner, WOW Cafe and Wingery, Jazzman's Cafe and Coffee Shop and the Montgomery Food Court which includes Chick-fil-A, Freshen's, and Mein Bowl. The flex dollar portion of the plan is preset at the beginning of the semester depending on the plan you have chosen. Think of the flex dollars as a declining balance just like your checking account. As items are purchased the cost is deducted from the balance in your flex account by using your JSU ID card just like a debit card. Your new balance can be obtained immediately after the transaction. The flex dollars will roll over semester to semester within the academic year in which they are purchased but will not carry over to the following academic year. All flex dollars are cleared at the end of the July session. There are no refunds on the unused flex dollars left in your account.
When you fill out your application for a campus dorm you will be asked to choose your plan and your MyJSU account will be billed the $1,600.00 resident dining fee. If you do not select a plan on your housing application you will be placed on the default plan of 10 meals per week with $400 flex dollars. You will be allowed to make changes to the plan through the last official day to register for classes as determined on the academic calendar. Or, if you prefer, simply fill out the plan selection form and hit submit. This does not charge your MyJSU account it only tells us which meal plan you choose
There are four options to pay for a commuter meal plan.
- Option #1 If you want to have the meal plan charged to your MyJSU account so your financial aid, loans, or unrestricted scholarships can pay for the plan, you'll need to take care of this in person. It requires your signature before we can transfer the charges. Come to the office of the dining hall and let us know you need to follow this procedure and we'll give you further instructions. This cannot be taken care of by phone.
- Option #2 If you want to purchase the plan with a credit or debit card over the phone, you can call (256) 782-7242 and we'll be glad to help you. Be prepared with your student ID number, credit/debit number, expiration date and billing zip code.
- Option #3 If you prefer to purchase a plan with cash, check or money order, you can stop by the office located in Hopper Dining Hall and we'll be glad to help you. Where is the office? If you're facing the dining hall, go to the left hand side of the building, proceed up the ramp and go in the second door. The office is located just inside this door.
- Option #4 If you want to purchase a plan with a specified meal scholarship and you can see this meal scholarship is already in place on your MyJSU account, you don't have to do anything other than let us know which plan you prefer. Do this by sending an email (include your student number) or go back to the website and enter the information through the resident dining plan registration. Under the comment section you can state the type of scholarship you are receiving.
If you choose the block plan or flex plan it must be paid in full at the time of purchase. If you choose the unlimited, 14 or 10 plan you can pay in full or pay half at the time of purchase with the other half due on October 1st for the fall semester and February 1st for the spring semester. If you choose the second option you must make your first down payment with a credit card that will be billed automatically for the second payment on the payment due date. If for some reason the card is rejected your meal plan will be cancelled until payment is received. You are responsible for the full purchase price with no exceptions.Registrations for off campus plans are not accepted through our web page. You can call (256) 782-7242 if you want to pay with a credit/debit card or you can stop by the office located in Hopper Dining Hall to pay with cash or check
Meal plans are non-refundable unless you withdraw from the university and request a refund in writing to Sodexo.
Students will be allowed to make changes to the plan through the last day to register for the semester as determined by the academic calendar. Once this decision is made you will be using this plan throughout the semester. Your next option to change will be the following semester.
As a first time student you will be issued a JSU ID card during your orientation visit. If you are not attending an orientation you can acquire your card from the ID office located on the second floor of the Theron Montgomery Building after you have registered for classes. If you are a returning student you will use the same ID year after year throughout your JSU attendance. Your meal plan and flex dollars will be accessed with this ID card.
You should report your card as "lost" immediately to the ID office where you will be issued a different card at a replacement cost of $25.00. The lost card will be invalidated