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Meal Credits, Declining Balances, Oh My!

Campus Dining’s new dining plan options for the 2018–19 academic year offer more options and freedom for students living on campus.

The three plan options include two plans with a combination of meal credits and declining balance funds, and one plan that is completely declining balance.

What are meal credits you ask? Meal credits are good for a meal at 805 Kitchen, Cal Poly’s all-you-care-to-eat dining venue, or a comparable meal at any of the other 25 Campus Dining venues. Meals outside of 805 Kitchen will be selected off of a predetermined menu unique to each location and may include a main dish item and a beverage. Students save up to 35 percent off regular-priced meals at 805 Kitchen with their dining plan. You’ll find a full list of meal credit options on Campus Dining’s website.

Declining balance funds are comparable to money on a debit card — free to be used at any Campus Dining venue, including the markets.

Budgeting is the name of the game. One useful way to ensure you stay on track is to know your balance. Every time a student uses a meal credit or declining balance, their remaining balance will show at the register after paying. Students can also see if they are on budget using the Budget Buddy tool.

Let’s face it, we’re not all finance majors and sometimes the budget can go a little wonkie. Worry not, if your funds run out before the end of the quarter, you can always add more, or use all the other forms of payment, from cash to credit.