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What is a meal card, and how do I use it?

Your Ball State ID serves as your meal card at all dining locations on campus. When purchasing items, simply present your card to the cashier to be swiped through an electronic card reader, and you’re on your way. Remember, you can use only one meal from your plan per meal period. (Purchases made with Dining Plus, Cardinal Cash, and other forms of payment may be made as often as you like during any meal period.) The times for each meal period are listed below.

  • Breakfast: 6:45 a.m.-10:29 a.m. (begins earlier in select locations during finals weeks)  
  • Lunch: 10:30 a.m.-4:29 p.m.
  • Dinner: 4:30 p.m.-midnight

Note: If you want to use Dining Plus or Cardinal Cash instead of one of the allotted meals from your meal plan, tell the cashier before the card is swiped. Otherwise, cashiers will assume you want to use a meal from your plan, and the meal for that time period will be deducted when the card is swiped.

Learn more about our meal plans.