Guidelines for use of excess University scholarship awards to purchase meal plans or 'dining dollars'

Introduction

University-awarded scholarships can be used for any charges on a student’s bill, so long as the scholarship description permits. Once charges are paid, any excess scholarship awards are reduced to the amount of charges. No refunds of University awarded scholarships are made to students.

This policy applies to University scholarships awarded at the time of admission, or by the Office of Student Financial Aid after admission, and private/endowed scholarships awarded by the University.

Students whose charges are paid in full and who have excess scholarship awards may use those awards to purchase a meal plan or dining dollars in accordance with the following guidelines:

Commuter students:

Commuter students may purchase a meal plan that is equal to or less than the highest priced commuter meal plan for the semester OR dining dollars up to that amount.

Example: Fall 2020, the Commuter 75 is the largest meal plan and is $1,435 per semester. Commuter students may use excess scholarship awards to purchase this meal plan or they may use excess scholarship awards to purchase dining dollars up to the amount of $1,435 for the semester. This equates to $95 per week or $19 per day in dining dollars.

Students may also combine lower-priced plans along with additional dining dollars, so long as the maximum of $1,435 is not exceeded for the semester.

Residential students (living in residence halls):

Residential students may purchase a meal plan that is equal to or less than the highest priced residential meal plan for that academic year OR dining dollars up to that amount.

Example: Fall 2020, the Gold Plan is the largest residential meal plan and is $2,475 per semester. Residential students may use excess scholarship awards to purchase this meal plan or they may use excess scholarship awards to purchase dining dollars up to the amount of $2,475 for the semester. This equates to $165 per week or $33 per day in dining dollars.

Students may also combine lower-priced plans along with additional dining dollars, so long as the maximum of $2,475 is not exceeded for the semester.


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