A declining balance system allows you to eat from any of our restaurants on campus, including all retail locations and the all-you-care-to-eat restaurants. Unlike other campuses, you are not restricted to certain locations or time periods - you can eat where you want, when you want! When you make a purchase from any of the dining locations, the total of your purchase is deducted from your meal plan, similar to a debit card. It is the responsibility of the student to balance their budget, and we provide tools to assist - the balance of your meal plan is always shown when a purchase is made, and can be compared to a chart showing the ideal balance for that day.
All students living on-campus are required by SUNY Geneseo to purchase a meal plan. Freshmen and transfer students can choose between the Gold and Platinum meal plans. Returning students can choose from the Silver, Gold and Platinum Plans. Off-campus students can choose from any of the plans.
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The Overhead Fee is operating expenses deducted from the balance. The cost is taken to keep discounted pricing in the all-you-care-to-eat restaurants.
Meal Plan Dollars can be used in any of the on-campus Restaurants & Cafes, the Big Tree Inn, Uncle Vito's Pizza Delivery and Sports Concessions.
Flex Dollars can be used anywhere that Meal Plan Dollars are accepted as well as at all campus vending machines.
Budget Per Day is the estimated amount that a student would be able to spend each day that the residence halls are open. This figure is given as a guide; it is the meal plan holder's responsibility to manage their account.
Geneseo meal plans are tax-exempt, meaning that you do not pay tax at the register. For the Gold Plan, that results in over $140 saved each semester by not having to pay taxes. These savings mean that we are bound by certain tax laws. As such, meal plans are not refundable and are for the personal immediate consumption to whom the meal plan is issued. Meal plans do not roll over from semester to semester or year to year, so any money left on the plan at the end of the semester is forfeited.
Your meal plan is included on your college tuition bill. When you get your bill, the lowest mandatory meal plan is already preselected as your default plan (Gold for first year students, Silver for returning students living on campus.) If you would like to upgrade or make a change to your meal plan, simply adjust your bill accordingly. After the semester begins, meal plan adjustments can be made in the CAS Business Office located in Blake A 108 (585-245-5648).