The amount you are allotted for each meal swipe is called the meal card equivalency.

For the 2017-18 academic year, equivalencies are

  • breakfast, $4.85 
  • lunch, $8.50
  • dinner, $8.50

If the total cost of your selections is less than or equal to the equivalency amount for the meal, the transaction can be completed with just a swipe of your meal card. If your items total more than the equivalency, you can pay the difference using Dining Plus, Dining CashCardinal Cash, cash, a check, or Visa/Mastercard credit or debit card; your cashier will swipe your meal card to record the meal equivalency and then ask how you want to pay for the rest.

Learn more about our meal plans.