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No action required and no additional cost – all students will be automatically converted to a new meal plan option. For Questions regarding which meal plan you currently have, contact your RA. Meal Plans Can be changed up until the first week of the semester.
To help students plan their semester, here’s a look at how many meals one can expect to use on a week-by-week basis with each plan:
There are three levels of plans:
Loper — 220 block meals (at Market and Louie’s) plus 580 Dining Dollars at any dining location
Gold — 160 block meals plus 460 Dining Dollars
Blue — 120 block meals plus 340 Dining Dollars
Your plan level was selected in your housing contract, but now has flexibility for retail locations. If you don’t know what plan level you’re on, visit first with your RA.
Block meals can be used at The Market@27th and Louie’s Diner only. Some might think of these as regular meals, and Dining Dollars – for the other retail locations - as extra meals. But now you can use your block meals or Dining Dollars how and when you want, based on your plan level.
Formerly or sometimes called “points,” a Dining Dollar is equal to $1 which can be spent at all dining locations including The Living Room, Subway, Lantern, Rustic Range, Loper Express and Java Notes, plus the Market and Louie’s Diner. These Dining Dollars are in addition to your block meals. The number of points (dollars) you get to spend at these restaurants depends on your plan: Loper ($580) Gold ($460) or Blue ($340). These Dining Dollars will decline based on the amount you spend throughout the semester. Looking at Dollars as full meal purchasing, based on what a meal typically may cost, you could find that using Dining Dollars you could get about 97 meals on the Loper plan, 77 meals on the Gold, and 57 meals on the Blue plan.
Dining Dollars can be used at The Living Room, Subway, Lantern, Rustic Range, Loper Express and Java Notes, plus the Market@27th and Louie’s Diner and they can only be for food and beverages.
You can also get a reusable mug ($8.99) and reusable tumbler ($4.05) along with the To-Go Program’s reusable container ($4.99). Contact UNK Dining Services at 308-865-8428 for information.
Nothing! You just got $580, $460 or $340 added value to spend on whatever you like this semester and to increase your freedom and flexibility to eat what and where you want! PLUS, you got more “points” or Dining Dollars than you had before (previous points levels were $200, $160 and $60). Remember, you must use your meals and dollars by the end of the semester.
It depends if you’re counting just block meals and whether you’re counting five days or seven days per week.
Using block meals, with a 16-week semester, with the Loper plan, 220 block meals, that’s about 2 per day (7 days per week); with the lowest plan (the Blue, 120 block meals), that’s about 1 meal per day (7 days per week). This is just counting block meals, not your Dining Dollars.
The price difference from lowest (Blue) to highest (Loper) is $159. So for $159 more you could have $240 more in Dining Dollars plus 100 more block meals.
There are a few ways. You can ask your RA’s, UNK Dining Services located upstairs in the Union next to the Market, or your hall director. Check your email. You should have received an email message about these changes, and in that, it should have indicated what plan level you’re at now. If not, start with your RA.
You may change the meal plan to any of the six options (All-Access 60, All-Access 160, All-Access 200, Blue, Gold, Loper) until Jan. 23. After this date students on the All-Access 60 or 160 can only upgrade to another All-Access plan and students on the Blue or Gold plan may only upgrade to the Gold or Loper plans.
If you want to upgrade to the Loper or Gold plan with more block meals and Dining Dollars, feel free. Just contact Residence Life at 308-865-8519 or talk with UNK Dining Services located upstairs in the Union anytime throughout the semester. The total difference between the Blue (lowest) and Loper (highest) costs you $159 per semester. So think about how much more you get in Dining Dollars and Block Meals, by upgrading.
Fill out the Meal Plan Change form for upgrades or meal plan changes. Any questions about changes, contact Residence Life or UNK Dining.
UNK values our input from students and their families, and we understand the significance of affordability and value while attending UNK. Quality, affordability, convenience and flexibility are important themes in the feedback we hear from students. Through a new agreement with our dining contractor, Chartwells, we are able to offer these new options, and we immediately put the new plans into place to bring better value and convenience to you. These plans will continue now into future semesters.
If you want to stay on an “all-access plan,” you can do that. Just let Residence Life know before Jan. 23. The Meal Plan Change Form is available to submit a request at your convenience. However, you are already on the plan with more freedom and flexibility. It’s the better deal so why change?
If you would like to upgrade to the Loper or Gold plan with more block meals and Dining Dollars, feel free! Just contact UNK Dining Services at (308) 865 - 8428 or in person located upstairs in the Union anytime throughout the semester. The total difference between the Blue (lowest) and Loper (highest) costs you $159 per semester. So think about how much more you get in Dining Dollars and Block Meals, by upgrading.
When the clerk enters your transaction at the point of purchase, your balance should compute. If you have questions, see the UNK Dining Services personnel on the second floor of the Union. We recommend you make a plan for using your block meals and how you plan to supplement or be flexible with your meals with Dining Dollars, so you don’t run out.
When the clerk enters your transaction at the point of purchase, your balance should compute. If you have questions, see the UNK Dining personnel on the second floor of the Union.
Student bills were processed prior to this change being implemented so that information will not reflect the new meal plan name change. Check your email, ask your RA, or go to UNK Dining Services for updated information.
You can’t transfer Dining Dollars, but you can pay for dining items for others using your Dining Dollars. Don’t forget your birthday, you can get a Free Guest Pass for a block meal.
Sure. If you want to use your Dining Dollars for pre-ordered items including to-go meals or catering, that’s fine with us. Visit unk.catertrax.com for info about catering.
No! The Loper, Gold and Blue plans are offered to all students. Visit the dining office in the Union for more information.
Yes, that’s the difference between All Access and the Block Meals. If you’re accustomed to “coming and going” (All Access) for a snack (particularly at Louie’s), plan ahead for your snacks so you’re not wasting Block Meals.
No. A meal is all you care to eat, so no, an additional block meal is not taken for a second helping. Consider heading to the Market when you’re really hungry for more variety and value.
We’re creating a new Student Dining Committee for advice, input and suggestions. Visit with your RA if you’d like to be on that committee, or to share ideas.
Yes, thanks to student feedback, more “made to order” items will be added at both locations so you can customize your meal, while still offering other ready-to-go entrees.