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Meal Plan Options

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Meal Plans

Emporia State University offers three meal plan options for students. All students who live on campus are required to have one of these three meal plans. For more information about Dining Services, visit the Sodexo Dining Services website. The prices below are for the 2019-2020 academic year.

All-Access Plan: $1,866 per semester

This meal plan allows you unlimited access to the Hornets Nest as well as 8 guest meal swipes per semester. You may enter the Hornets Nest as frequently as you wish during hours of operation, with no restrictions on the number of personal meals you may eat per day or the number of times you may enter the Hornets Nest per week.

This plan also includes $125 Dining Dollars per semester, and is already included in the price of the plan.. Dining Dollars can be used at any dining location, including the Hornets Nest, Hornet Express, Slice of Life and Buzzcotti.

Block 185 Meal Plan: $1,820 per semester

This plan allows you 185 meals per semester in the Hornets nest. You may enter the Hornets Nest as frequently as you wish during hours of operation. This allows flexibility on the number of personal meals you may eat per day or week.

This plan also includes $225 Dining Dollars per semester, and is already included in the price of the plan. Dining Dollars can be used at any dining location, including the Hornets Nest, Hornet Express, Slice of Life, and Buzzcotti.

Block 100 Meal Plan: $1,507 per semester

This plan allows you 100 meals per semester in the Hornets Nest. You may enter the Hornets Nest as frequently as you wish during hours of operation. This allows flexibility on the number of personal meals you may eat per day or week.

This plan also includes $450 Dining Dollars per semester, and is already included in the price of the plan. Dining Dollars can be used at any dining location, including the Hornets Nest, Hornet Express, Slice of Life, and Buzzcotti.

Dining Dollars

Your meal plan comes with $125 per semester in Dining Dollars, which is already built into the price of the meal plan. Dining Dollars is like a debit account on your Hornet ID card. Each time you use Dining Dollars, the amount spent is deducted from your balance. Dining Dollars are primarily for use in Buzzcotti, Slice of Life and Hornet Express. However, you may also use your Dining Dollars for guest entry into the Hornets Nest, or for your own entry if you are on the block meal plans and run out of meal swipes.
Any unused Dining Dollars at the end of the fall semester roll over to the spring semester. Any unused Dining Dollars at the end of the spring semester are forfeited; they are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Commuter Plan

The Commuter Plan is available to any member of the campus community — students, faculty and staff. Commuter Plans are sold on a semester-by-semester basis. The plan includes a total of 75 meals that can be used in the Hornets Nest, Slice of Life, Hornet Express and Buzzcotti. If the cost of the meal exceeds $7 in any retail location, the buyer will need to pay the difference. The cost of the Commuter Plan for the 2018-2019 academic year is $515 per semester.

Hornet Bucks/Declining Balance Dollars

The Hornet Bucks, or Declining Balance program gives members of the campus community the opportunity to load money onto their Hornet ID Cards and spend those dollars in any dining venue in the Memorial Union, with a bonus 10% buying power. When customers load Hornet Bucks onto their cards, a bonus 10% of the purchase amount is added to the card balance. For example, if you purchase $100 Hornet Bucks, you will pay us $100, and we will load $110 on your card. For more information about Hornet Bucks and the Hornet ID Card, stop by or call the Memorial Union ID Office at (620) 341-5859, Room 110 on the first floor of the Union.

Add Hornet Bucks to Your Hornet Card

You must add Hornet Bucks with cash, check, or debit/credit card at the ID Office in the Memorial Union. You may also call the ID Office at (620) 341-5859 with your student ID number and put money on the Hornet Card with a credit card. Funds can be added in any increment.

Hornet Bucks refunds

For balances greater than $5, come to the ID Office and fill out a refund request form. A portion of the balance (your balance less the bonus amount loaded at the time of purchase) will be refunded in the form of a check.

What happens to Hornet Bucks each semester or if you graduate

Hornet Bucks stay on your Hornet Card over each semester and after you graduate. After three years of inactivity on the card, the funds are considered abandoned and will be removed from the account. It is the responsibility of the card holder to request the balance to be refunded.