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GENERAL MEAL PLAN FAQs 

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Where is the Meal Plan Office? What are their hours of operation? 
The Meal Plan Office is in Room 248 of the Student Union Memorial Center. Our hours of operation are Monday – Friday from 8am-5pm.
Am I required to buy a Meal Plan? 
No*. Meal Plans are voluntary but having a Meal Plan is the most convenient way to dine on campus, and it will save you money on every food/beverage purchase!

*If you elect to live in the Honors Village, you are required to purchase one of the Honors Village Meal Plans. Click here for more information.
How do I decide which Meal Plan is best for me? 
Arizona Dining offers a variety of Meal Plan options to accommodate your individual needs. The size of the plan you choose depends upon what you think you will be using. If you will be dining on campus quite often, we would suggest a larger sized plan. If that plan ends up being too big, you can downgrade to a smaller plan within the first two weeks of the fall semester. Visit Choose Your Plan for more information on all available Meal Plan options.
What Meal Plan should I select if I am going through Greek Rush? 
We recommend the Copper or Commuter Meal Plan for students going through Greek Rush. Most Greek houses require active Greek students to buy into the Greek house meal plan so Greek Life students will have access to some meals at their respective Greek house. However, not all fraternities/sororities have houses, and most Greek houses have set mealtimes with limited meals options on the weekends, so a University Meal Plan is recommended to supplement a Greek house meal plan. If you decide to not to join a fraternity/sorority after Greek Rush, you can upgrade to a larger Meal Plan as needed at any time.
How do I sign up for a Meal Plan? 
You can sign up for a Meal Plan online, in person, or over the phone:
  • Click here to sign up online.
  • Visit us at the Meal Plan Office located in Room 248 of the Student Union Memorial Center to sign up in person.
  • Call 520-621-7043 or 800-374-7379 to sign up over the phone.
Where can I use my Meal Plan? 
You can use your Meal Plan for any* food or beverage purchases made on campus. This includes over 30 on campus eateries including our all-you-care-to-eat locations and vending machines. *Concessions in athletics venues and Bear Down Kitchen are excluded. Restaurants and retailers on University Blvd. are considered off-campus locations so your Meal Plan funds cannot be used for food or beverage purchases at those locations.
Can I buy things besides food with my Meal Plan? 
No. Meal Plan funds are only for food or beverage purchases on campus.
What happens if I run out of funds on my Meal Plan? 
You can make additional deposits in any increment as needed throughout the academic year. However, the Meal Plan office may advise against making large deposits late in the spring semester because any remaining Meal Plan funds will expire at the end of the academic year.
How do I add additional funds to my Meal Plan? 
You can make a deposit to your Meal Plan online, in person, or over the phone:
  • Click here to make a deposit online.
  • Visit us at the Meal Plan Office located in Room 248 of the Student Union Memorial Center to make a deposit in person.
  • Call 520-621-7043 or 800-374-7379 to make a deposit over the phone.
Can my parents access my Meal Plan account? 
Due to Federal regulations in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Meal Plan balance and transaction information cannot be released to or discussed with anyone other than the Meal Plan Account Owner. However, students can contact the Office of the Registrar to request an “Authorization for Release of Information” allowing the student to identify other people they authorize to view their financial information, such as a parent or gradian. Having an “Authorization for Release of Information” on file with the Office of the Registrar is the only way University of Arizona staff can legally discuss Meal Plan account information with a parent or guardian.
Can I change or cancel my Meal Plan at any time? 
You can upgrade your Meal Plan at any time. However, you can only downgrade or cancel your Meal Plan during the first two weeks of the fall semester. At the end of the second week of classes in the fall semester, your current Meal Plan selection is finalized for the remainder of the academic year.
What happens if there are funds left on my Meal Plan at the end of the academic year? 
All Meal Plan funds (i.e. Dining Dollars, CatCa$h, etc.) should be used in the academic year during which they were purchased as funds do not roll over from one year to the next.
What do I do if I lose my CatCard? 
Click here to freeze your Meal Plan account online or contact us to immediately report your lost CatCard to the Meal Plan Office so that we can freeze your account until your lost CatCard is found or a replacement CatCard is obtained.
How do I know my Meal Plan fund balance? 
There are several ways to check your Meal Plan account balance:
  1. Click here to check your balance online.
  2. Ask any cashier for your account balance.
  3. Visit us at the Meal Plan Office, located in Room 248 of the Student Union Memorial Center to check your balance in person.
  4. Call 520-621-7043 or 800-374-7379 to check your balance over the phone.
How are Meal Plan funds different from CatCa$h funds? 
Meal Plan funds can only be used to buy food or beverage on campus. CatCa$h is a separate fund bucket designed for non-food purchases on campus like printing, short term parking, and laundry in the dorms. CatCa$h can also be used at select retailers off-campus as a form of payment. Click here for a complete list of off-campus retailers that accept CatCa$h.
Do I have to pay the full amount of the Meal Plan up front? 
If you elect to pay for your Meal Plan via credit card or check, you must pay for your Meal Plan in one lump sum*. If you elect to pay for your Meal Plan via Bursar Account, you will have the option to pay for your Meal Plan in two installments*: 50% charged at the beginning of the fall semester and the remaining 50% charged at the beginning of the spring semester. *A one-time set up fee of $50 will be charged along with your first payment.
If I have financial aid or scholarship funding, how can I use those funds to pay for my Meal Plan? 
In order to apply any applicable financial aid or scholarship funding to your Meal Plan, please select Bursar Account as the method of payment for your Meal Plan. You will see any applicable financial aid or scholarship funding in your Bursar Account, and those funds will be used to first pay for tuition, then housing, then Meal Plans. If you do not receive enough applicable funding to cover the cost of your Meal Plan, you will be responsible for paying the difference.

MEAL PLAN PAYMENT FAQs 

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    How do I sign up for a Meal Plan?  
    You can sign up for a Meal Plan online, in person, or over the phone:
    • Click here to sign up online.
    • Visit us at the Meal Plan Office located in Room 248 of the Student Union Memorial Center to sign up in person.
    • Call 520-621-7043 or 800-374-7379 to sign up over the phone.
    Do I have to pay the full amount of the Meal Plan up front?
    If you elect to pay for your Meal Plan via credit card or check, you must pay for your Meal Plan in one lump sum*. If you elect to pay for your Meal Plan via Bursar Account, you will have the option to pay for your Meal Plan in two installments*: 50% charged at the beginning of the fall semester and the remaining 50% charged at the beginning of the spring semester. *A one-time set up fee of $50 will be charged along with your first payment.
    If I have financial aid or scholarship funding, how can I use those funds to pay for my Meal  
    In order to apply any applicable financial aid or scholarship funding to your Meal Plan, please select Bursar Account as the method of payment for your Meal Plan. You will see any applicable financial aid or scholarship funding in your Bursar Account, and those funds will be used to first pay for tuition, then housing, then Meal Plans. If you do not receive enough applicable funding to cover the cost of your Meal Plan, you will be responsible for paying the difference.
    How do I know my Meal Plan fund balance? 
    There are several ways to check your Meal Plan account balance:
    1. Click here to check your balance online.
    2. Ask any cashier for your account balance.
    3. Visit us at the Meal Plan Office, located in Room 248 of the Student Union Memorial Center to check your balance in person.
    4. Call 520-621-7043 or 800-374-7379 to check your balance over the phone.
    How do I add additional funds to my Meal Plan? 
    You can make a deposit to your Meal Plan online, in person, or over the phone:
    • Click here to make a deposit online.
    • Visit us at the Meal Plan Office located in Room 248 of the Student Union Memorial Center to make a deposit in person.
    • Call 520-621-7043 or 800-374-7379 to make a deposit over the phone.
    What happens if I run out of funds on my Meal Plan? 
    You can make additional deposits in any increment as needed throughout the academic year. However, the Meal Plan office may advise against making large deposits late in the spring semester because any remaining Meal Plan funds will expire at the end of the academic year.
    What happens if there are funds left on my Meal Plan at the end of the academic year? 
    All Meal Plan funds (i.e. Dining Dollars, CatCa$h, etc.) should be used in the academic year during which they were purchased as funds do not roll over from one year to the next.
    Can my parents access my Meal Plan account? 
    Due to Federal regulations in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Meal Plan balance and transaction information cannot be released to or discussed with anyone other than the Meal Plan Account Owner. However, students can contact the Office of the Registrar to request an “Authorization for Release of Information” allowing the student to identify other people they authorize to view their financial information, such as a parent or gradian. Having an “Authorization for Release of Information” on file with the Office of the Registrar is the only way University of Arizona staff can legally discuss Meal Plan account information with a parent or guardian.

MEAL PLAN ACTIVE DATES & EXPIRATION DATES FAQS 

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When are my Swipes active? 
Swipes are active the first day of move in each semester. Fall 2022 swipes will be active on 8/16/22 and Spring 2023 swipes will be active 1/8/2023.
When are my Dining Dollars active/loaded onto my CatCard? 
Dining Dollars funds are active the first day of move in each semester. Fall 2022 funds will be active on 8/16/22. If you choose to pay for your Meal Plan in two installments, the second half of your Dining Dollars funds will be loaded on the first day of the Spring semester. Spring 2023 funds will be active 1/8/2023.
When are my CatCa$h funds active/loaded onto my CatCard? 
CatCa$h funds are active the first day of move in each semester. Fall 2022 funds will be active on 8/16/22. If you choose to pay for your Meal Plan in two installments, the second half of your CatCa$h funds will be loaded and made active on the first day of the Spring semester. Spring 2023 funds will be active 1/8/2023.
When do my Swipes expire? 
Your Swipes should be used in the month during which they were loaded as swipes do not roll over from month to month.
When do my Dining Dollars funds expire? 
Your Dining Dollars funds should be used in the academic year during which they were purchased as funds do not roll over from one year to the next. The last active date for your Dining Dollars is 5/12/2023, the end of the academic year.
When do my CatCa$h funds expire? 
Your CatCa$h funds should be used in the academic year during which they were purchased as funds do not roll over from one year to the next. The last active date for your CatCa$h funds is 5/12/2023, the end of the academic year.

MEAL PLAN DINING OPTIONS FAQs 

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Do you have cafeteria style dining on campus? 
Yes, we have 3 cafeteria style all-you-care-to-eat dining options on campus. Two are located in the Historic District in the Student Union Memorial Center (Cactus Grill and Radicchio) and one is in the Honors Village located in the North District (‘85 North).
I only see fast food and franchise locations in the food court. Where can I find healthy meals? 
We have many healthier options on campus including some in the SUMC Food Court.
How do I know which dining location is closest to my dorm/classroom building? 
We have grouped our dining locations by districts that Housing & Residential Life also uses to identify their dorms. These are the Highland District (located close to Campus Rec), Historic District (Student Union Memorial Center), North District (located north of main campus), and Park/Global District (located by Park Ave. on the west side of campus). Our Dining Guide has broken down all dining locations by district.
How does Grubhub work with my Meal Plan? 
Many on campus dining locations offer Grubhub pick up or delivery. You can use your Meal Plan to purchase these options via mobile app or onsite kiosk ordering. For mobile ordering, simply load the app on your phone, add your Meal Plan to your account, and select “On-campus dining at the University of Arizona” to display all locations you can order from.

DIETARY NEEDS & NUTRITION FAQs 

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I prefer to eat vegan/vegetarian. Which dining locations accommodate my preferences? 
We have many plant-based options to fit your needs. These range from Radicchio (our cafeteria style location at SUMC) that is all plant-based options, Nrich Urban Market with fresh pressed juices and grab & go options to Saffron Bites, an Indian concept with plant-based options including chana masala and saag.
I have Celiac disease and/or gluten intolerance. What dining options are available to me on campus? 
We have one dedicated gluten free restaurant on campus (Core Plus located in the Park/Global District) with many others with dedicated gluten free stations or made without gluten options. On Deck Deli (Historic District) and ‘85 North (North District) have dedicated gluten free toasters. Gluten free bread, bagels, and buns are readily available. Our nutrition coordinator can also assist with a walking tour of locations and assistance with using our nutrition calculator. Please email su-nutrition@email.arizona.edu for assistance.
I have food allergies. What dining options are available to me on campus? 
Our nutrition coordinator is available to meet with you to discuss your dietary requests, identify options, and assist with nutrition calculator use. Please email su-nutrition@email.arizona.edu for assistance.

SWIPE MEAL PLANS FAQs 

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When are my Swipes loaded?  
Your swipes are loaded on the first day of each month
How many Swipes can I use each day?  
You can use up to 5 Swipes per day. You can also use up to 5 Swipes in one single transaction (i.e., to pay for some groceries at Arizona Market at the end of the month.).
Where can I use my Swipes and Dining Dollars?  
Swipes can be used for entrance into the all-you-care-to-eat locations including ’85 North, Cactus Grill, and Radicchio. Swipes can also be used at all other on-campus eateries for a value of $10 per swipe. Dining Dollars can be used at all on-campus eateries or vending machines.
How do my Dining Dollars work along with my Swipes?  
Dining Dollars is a separate bucket of funds included with your Swipe Meal Plan. It works just like a debit card, deducting the exact amount of a purchase from your balance. For example, your morning coffee fix costs $5.95 so when you use Dining Dollars to pay for your coffee, $5.95 is deducted from your Dining Dollars balance. Because your Swipes have a $10 value per Swipe, we recommend that you use Dining Dollars for food/beverage purchases under $10.
What if my meal is $11.99? How do I pay? 
If your meal purchase exceeds $10 you can combine the use of Swipes and Dining Dollars to pay for that meal. In this scenario, we recommend you use 1 Swipe (which is equivalent to $10) and then use your Dining Dollars to pay for the remaining $1.99 balance.
What if I only want coffee and a croissant for $5? What should I do?  
Since your coffee and croissant purchase is less than $10, we recommend using your Dining Dollars to pay instead of using a Swipe. This ensures you are not losing 50% of the value of a Swipe by paying for something that is less than $10.
What happens if I run out of Swipes and/or Dining Dollars?  
If you run out of Swipes, you can purchase additional Swipes at a value of $10 per Swipe. If you run out of Dining Dollars you can deposit additional funds into your Dining Dollars bucket in any amount. Please visit the Meal Plan Office or email su-mealplan@email.arizona.edu to purchase additional Swipes or add more Dining Dollars.
How can I ensure I use all my Swipes each week/month?  
We highly recommend and encourage you to use your Swipes for meals every week so that your body is nourished and fueled appropriately. For example, if it is a Sunday and you still have Swipes available for the week, a great option to use remaining Swipes would be for you to purchase some non-perishable food like granola bars and cereal to have in your dorm for later in the week. Remember, you have until the end of each month to use your Swipes, so if you miss a Swipe or two in one week, you still have time to use those Swipes before they expire at the end of the month.
Do my Swipes and Dining Dollars expire?  
Your Swipes should be used in the month during which they were loaded as swipes do not roll over from month to month. Your Dining Dollars funds should be used in the academic year during which they were purchased as funds do not roll over from one year to the next. The last active date for your Dining Dollars is 5/12/2023, the end of the academic year.
Can I change my Swipe Meal Plan at any time?  
You can upgrade your Swipe Meal Plan at any time. However, you can only downgrade or cancel your Meal Plan during the first two weeks of the fall semester. At the end of the second week of classes in the fall semester, your current Meal Plan selection is finalized for the remainder of the academic year.
How do Guest Meals work?  
All Swipe Meal Plans include a set number of Swipes to be used as Guest Meals so that you can dine with your family and friends when they visit you on campus. For example, you love the plant-based options at Radicchio and want to take your sister to eat there when she comes down to visit on Family Weekend. When you go to Radicchio, you use one Swipe to pay for you as usual one Guest Meal Swipe to pay for your sister and you both enjoy all-you-care-to-eat vegetarian dining. Guest Meal Swipes expire at the end of the academic year.
What is the most common use for CatCa$h?  
CatCa$h is the only way to pay for laundry in the dorms, so it is mostly used for that purpose. However, CatCa$h can also be used for other non-food purchases on campus like short term parking and printing. If you run out of Dining Dollars and Swipes, CatCa$h can also be used to purchase food on campus. As an added convenience, CatCa$h is accepted as a form of payment at select off-campus retailers. Click here for a complete list of off-campus retailers that accept CatCa$h.
What Swipe Meal Plan should I select if I am going through Greek Rush? 
We recommend the Rincon Swipe Meal Plan for students going through Greek Rush. Most Greek houses require active Greek students to buy into the Greek house meal plan so Greek Life students will have access to some meals at their respective Greek house. However, most Greek houses have set mealtimes with limited meals options on the weekends, so a University Meal Plan is recommended to supplement a Greek house meal plan. If you decide to not to join a fraternity/sorority after Greek Rush, you can upgrade to a larger Meal Plan as needed at any time.

HONORS VILLAGE MEAL PLANS FAQs 

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Why is the Honors Village Meal Plan mandatory?  
The Honors Village is a comprehensive facility that embodies the honors cohort experience. The Honors Village has the most comprehensive (and largest) dining facility on campus. The Honors Village Meal Plan is a mandatory feature of living in this space as it encourages the cohort to dine together, building community and friendship.

Financially speaking, certain costs such as room and board are mandatory to support this comprehensive facility.
Why can’t I have a Debit Meal Plan instead?  
We anticipate that the Honors Village residents will eat most of their meals at '85 North, the dining hall within the facility. As a result, the Honors Village Meal Plan offers the most value and convenience for these students. Debit Meal Plan holders will pay a retail price 20-30% higher than the value of using an Honors Village Meal Plan Swipe to eat at this facility.
How many Swipes can I use each day?  
You can use up to 5 Swipes per day. You can also use up to 5 Swipes in one single transaction (i.e., to pay for some groceries at Arizona Market at the end of the month.).
Where can I use my Swipes or Dining Dollars?  
Swipes can be used for entrance into the all-you-care-to-eat locations including ’85 North, Cactus Grill, and Radicchio. Swipes can also be used at all other on-campus eateries for a value of $10 per swipe. Dining Dollars can be used at all on-campus eateries or vending machines.
How do my Dining Dollars work along with my Swipes?  
Dining Dollars is a separate bucket of funds included with your Honors Village Meal Plan. It works just like a debit card, deducting the exact amount of a purchase from your balance. For example, your morning coffee fix costs $5.95 so when you use Dining Dollars to pay for your coffee, $5.95 is deducted from your Dining Dollars balance. Because your Swipes have a $10 value per Swipe, we recommend that you use Dining Dollars for food/beverage purchases under $10.
What if my meal is $11.99? How do I pay? 
If your meal purchase exceeds $10 you can combine the use of Swipes and Dining Dollars to pay for that meal. In this scenario, we recommend you use 1 Swipe (which is equivalent to $10) and then use your Dining Dollars to pay for the remaining $1.99 balance.
What if I only want coffee and a croissant for $5? What should I do?  
Since your coffee and croissant purchase is less than $10, we recommend using your Dining Dollars to pay instead of using a Swipe. This ensures you are not losing 50% of the value of a Swipe by paying for something that is less than $10.
Do my Dining Dollars expire?  
Yes. Your Dining Dollars funds should be used in the academic year during which they were purchased as funds do not roll over from one year to the next. The last active date for your Dining Dollars is 5/12/2023, the end of the academic year.
How can I make sure I use all my Swipes each week/month?  
We highly recommend and encourage you to use your Swipes for meals every week so that your body is nourished and fueled appropriately. For example, if it is a Sunday and you still have Swipes available for the week, a great option to use remaining Swipes would be for you to purchase some non-perishable food like granola bars and cereal to have in your dorm for later in the week. Remember, you have until the end of each month to use your Swipes, so if you miss a Swipe or two in one week, you still have time to use those Swipes before they expire at the end of the month. In addition, all on-campus dining locations are available for Honors Village Meal Plan owners to use their Swipes and Dining Dollars and ensure every opportunity to utilize all Swipes.
Can I change my Honors Village Meal Plan at any time?  
If you have an Apartment Style room in the Honors Village, you are automatically assigned the Prickly Pear Meal Plan, but can upgrade to any of the Dorm Style Honors Village Meal Plans at any time. If you have a Dorm Style room in the Honors Village, you are automatically assigned the Ocotillo Meal Plan and can upgrade to another Dorm Style Meal Plan at any time. However, students in Dorm Style rooms can only downgrade to the Agave Meal Plan during the first two weeks of the fall semester. At the end of the second week of classes in the fall semester, your current Honors Village Meal Plan selection is finalized for the remainder of the academic year. Please note: Students in a Dorm Style room cannot select the Prickly Pear Meal Plan as that is specifically designed for those with Apartment Style rooms.
I have a financial hardship. What options do I have?  
The Honors College has many scholarships available, some of which are specific to only students living in the Honors Village. Please contact them for more details.

If you are not able to afford the housing fees or the meal plan for the Honors Village, we can connect you with a representative from Housing & Residential Life that can suggest other dorms on campus that are less expensive and do not have a mandatory meal plan.
I have a dietary restriction. What options do I have?  
The Honors Village dining hall, ‘85 North, will make every attempt to accommodate for the top 8 allergens and other common sensitivities such as gluten. We are proud to be one of 12 universities to participate in the national food allergen research and education pilot and have been named #5 in the nation for best dining hall for people with allergies and best overall food allergy program for universities. Our dining team is well trained in how to handle different dietary requests. We recommend connecting with our nutrition coordinator so they can help you navigate campus with dietary requests. Please email our nutrition coordinator at su-nutrition@email.arizona.edu to make an appointment.
I am rushing Greek Life. If I pledge, will I have two mandatory plans?  
The short answer is no, you will not be required to have two mandatory meal plans.

If the Greek house to which you pledge does not have a meal plan (some have zero), you will be required to purchase one of the Honors Village Meal Plans. If the Greek house to which you pledge and become an active member has a meal plan, we encourage you to look closely at the Greek house meal plan first. Does that Greek house meal plan offer enough meals per week to sustain you for success? Some houses offer a small number of meals per week at set mealtimes that are not always convenient for your schedule. Do the Greek meal periods match your school schedule? If you are happy with the mandatory Greek meal plan your house offers, then contact our Meal Plans Office hyperlink to the contact us to complete an Honors Village Greek Meal Plan Waiver Form. We will then validate your new active status in the Greek community and cross check to confirm that your Greek house has a meal plan. If all conditions are confirmed, we will then waive your Honors Village Meal Plan requirement.

Keep in mind the Honors Village Meal Plan not only works at the Honors Village, but also at all other on-campus dining locations for your convenience.
How do Guest Meals work?  
All Honors Village Meal Plans include a set number of Swipes to be used as Guest Meals so that you can dine with your family and friends when they visit you on campus. For example, you love the plant-based options at Radicchio and want to take your sister to eat there when she comes down to visit on Family Weekend. When you go to Radicchio, you use one Swipe to pay for you as usual one Guest Meal Swipe to pay for your sister and you both enjoy all-you-care-to-eat vegetarian dining. Guest Meal Swipes expire at the end of the academic year.
What is the most common use for CatCa$h?  
CatCa$h is the only way to pay for laundry in the dorms, so it is mostly used for that purpose. However, CatCa$h can also be used for other non-food purchases on campus like short term parking and printing. If you run out of Dining Dollars and Swipes, CatCa$h can also be used to purchase food on campus. As an added convenience, CatCa$h is accepted as a form of payment at select off-campus retailers. Click here for a complete list of off-campus retailers that accept CatCa$h.

DEBIT MEAL PLANS FAQs 

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Am I required to buy a Meal Plan?  
No*. Meal Plans are voluntary but having a Meal Plan is the most convenient way to dine on campus, and it will save you money on every food/beverage purchase!

*If you elect to live in the Honors Village, you are required to purchase one of the Honors Village Meal Plans. Click here for more information.
Where can I use my Meal Plan? 
You can use your Meal Plan for any* food or beverage purchases made on campus. This includes over 30 on campus eateries including our all-you-care-to-eat locations and vending machines. *Concessions in athletics venues and Bear Down Kitchen are excluded. Restaurants and retailers on University Blvd. are considered off-campus locations so your Meal Plan funds cannot be used for food or beverage purchases at those locations.
Can I buy things besides food with my Meal Plan? 
No. Meal Plan funds are only for food or beverage purchases on campus.
How do I save money with my Debit Meal Plan?  
All Debit Meal Plans come with a percentage discounted at the register when you purchase food or beverage on campus. Depending on your Debit Meal Plan, 3%, 5%, or 7% will automatically be deducted from the total amount of your food/beverage purchase, and all Meal Plan purchases are state sales tax exempt, saving you an additional 6.1% every time you dine with us and pay with your Meal Plan.
How does the 3%, 5%, or 7% discount work? 
When you dine with us on campus and pay with your Debit Meal Plan, the percentage discount associated with your Meal Plan (3%, 5%, or 7% depending on your plan) will automatically be deducted from the total amount of your food/beverage purchase.
How do I decide which Meal Plan to choose?  
Arizona Dining offers a variety of Meal Plan options to accommodate your individual needs. The size of the plan you choose depends upon what you think you will be using. If you will be dining on campus quite often, we would suggest a larger sized plan. If that plan ends up being too big, you can downgrade to a smaller plan within the first two weeks of the fall semester. Visit Choose Your Plan for more information on all available Meal Plan options.
Can I buy the Commuter Meal Plan even if I live on campus? 
Yes, the Commuter Meal Plan is an available option if you live on campus, unless you live in the Honors Village. The Commuter Meal Plan is not an option for Honors Village residents as there are specific Honors Village Meal Plans available for those students. Click here for more information on Honors Village Meal Plan options.
What Debit Meal Plan should I select if I am going through Greek Rush? 
We recommend the Copper or Commuter Debit Meal Plan for students going through Greek Rush. Most Greek houses require active Greek students to buy into the Greek house meal plan so Greek Life students will have access to some meals at their respective Greek house. However, most Greek houses have set mealtimes with limited meals options on the weekends, so a University Meal Plan is recommended to supplement a Greek house meal plan. If you decide to not to join a fraternity/sorority after Greek Rush, you can upgrade to a larger Meal Plan as needed at any time.
How do I sign up for a Debit Meal Plan?  
You can sign up for a Debit Meal Plan online, in person, or over the phone:
  • Click here to sign up online.
  • Visit us at the Meal Plan Office located in Room 248 of the Student Union Memorial Center to sign up in person.
  • Call 520-621-7043 or 800-374-7379 to sign up over the phone.
Do I have to pay the full amount of the Meal Plan up front? 
If you elect to pay for your Meal Plan via credit card or check, you must pay for your Meal Plan in one lump sum*. If you elect to pay for your Meal Plan via Bursar Account, you will have the option to pay for your Meal Plan in two installments*: 50% charged at the beginning of the fall semester and the remaining 50% charged at the beginning of the spring semester. *A one-time set up fee of $50 will be charged along with your first payment.
If I have financial aid or scholarship funding, how can I use those funds to pay for my Meal Plan? 
In order to apply any applicable financial aid or scholarship funding to your Meal Plan, please select Bursar Account as the method of payment for your Meal Plan. You will see any applicable financial aid or scholarship funding in your Bursar Account, and those funds will be used to first pay for tuition, then housing, then Meal Plans. If you do not receive enough applicable funding to cover the cost of your Meal Plan, you will be responsible for paying the difference.
Can I change or cancel my Meal Plan at any time? 
You can upgrade your Meal Plan at any time. However, you can only downgrade or cancel your Meal Plan during the first two weeks of the fall semester. At the end of the second week of classes in the fall semester, your current Debit Meal Plan selection is finalized for the remainder of the academic year.
What happens if there are funds left on my Meal Plan at the end of the academic year? 
All Meal Plan funds (i.e. Dining Dollars, CatCa$h, etc.) should be used in the academic year during which they were purchased as funds do not roll over from one year to the next.
What happens if I run out of funds on my Meal Plan? 
You can make additional deposits in any increment as needed throughout the academic year. However, the Meal Plan office may advise against making large deposits late in the spring semester because any remaining Meal Plan funds will expire at the end of the academic year.
How do I add additional funds to my Meal Plan? 
You can make a deposit to your Meal Plan online, in person, or over the phone:
  • Click here to make a deposit online.
  • Visit us at the Meal Plan Office located in Room 248 of the the Student Union Memorial Center to make a deposit in person.
  • Call 520-621-7043 or 800-374-7379 to make a deposit over the phone.
Can my parents access my Meal Plan account? 
Due to Federal regulations in the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Meal Plan balance and transaction information cannot be released to or discussed with anyone other than the Meal Plan Account Owner. However, students can contact the Office of the Registrar to request an “Authorization for Release of Information” allowing the student to identify other people they authorize to view their financial information, such as a parent or gradian. Having an “Authorization for Release of Information” on file with the Office of the Registrar is the only way University of Arizona staff can legally discuss Meal Plan account information with a parent or guardian.

CatCa$h FAQs 

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Where is CatCa$h accepted?  
You can use CatCa$h on campus for non-food purchases like short term parking, printing, and laundry. In fact, CatCa$h is the only way to pay for laundry in the dorms. CatCa$h is also accepted as a form of payment at select off-campus retailers. Click here for a complete list of off-campus retailers that accept CatCa$h.
How do I load money on to my CatCa$h account?  
You can make a deposit to your CatCa$h account online, in person, or over the phone:
  • Click here to make a deposit online.
  • Visit us at the Meal Plan Office located in Room 248 of the the Student Union Memorial Center to make a deposit in person.
  • Call 520-621-7043 or 800-374-7379 to make a deposit over the phone.
Does my CatCa$h expire?  
Yes, your unused CatCa$h funds will expire at the end of the academic year.
Are there any restrictions?  
Yes, you cannot buy alcohol, tobacco, firearms, lottery tickets, UV tanning services, or gift cards with CatCa$h.
Can I pay for my meals on campus with CatCa$h?  
Yes, CatCa$h can be used to buy food on campus but there are no discounts or state sales tax savings. We recommend you only use CatCa$h for food purchases as a backup to your Meal Plan funds.
Are there limitations to the CatCa$h account?  
Yes, there is a maximum single deposit of $1,000 as that is the account limit. There is a $5 minimum for online credit card deposits.