In addition to the cost of food, plan fees cover operational expenses including: debt service, rent, utilities, wages & benefits, supplies, equipment, cleaning, maintenance, insurance and UW System overhead. For the 2013-14 academic year, operating expenses are $825 of the total plan cost.
Each day is broken into four meal periods depending on location. Meal periods are breakfast, lunch, dinner, and late night. There is NO limit on how many meal swipes you can use in a day, so manage your account accordingly.
Unused meals do not roll over to the following semester, so it is important to determine which plan fits your academic schedule, extracurricular activities, and weekend travel plans.
You can check your meal balance at any UDS register, in the PointCard Office or online by logging into your account on the PointCard Office website.
Dawg Dollars are attached to some plans and provide the freedom to purchase any item at UDS dining locations. Dawg Dollars are worth one dollar each and purchases are tax exempt. You may also use Dawg Dollars for non-alcoholic food purchases in the Brewhaus. Dawg Dollars roll over from the fall to the spring semester as long as a new dining plan contract is signed and remains active for the entire semester. All Dawg Dollars must be used by the end of the spring semester and do not carry over.
PointCash is accepted at all dining locations, along with several other areas on campus and a number of restaurants off campus. Visit the PointCard Office for a complete list.