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Meal Plan Terms and Conditions

Important Dates

Last day to change a meal plan for Fall 2016:
September 28, 2016

Meal plan change period for Spring 2017:
January 2 to February 15, 2017

Last day to add a new meal plan:
No deadline

Last day to cancel a meal plan without a fee:
September 6, 2016

Last day to cancel a meal plan for 2016-2017:
September 28, 2016

See more details about Changes and Deadlines.

RattyPlease read the following items and consider your options carefully when making your meal plan decision.
  • Meal plan contracts are available to all undergraduate, graduate, and medical students. Consistent with Brown's commitment to the residential college, all resident undergraduates (except RUE students) are required to participate in a meal plan throughout their first full year of enrollment. Voluntary participation in a Brown food co-op does not fulfill the first-year meal plan requirement.
  • Upper-class students are automatically contracted and billed for the meal plan they had the previous year. Although billed by semester, meal plan contracts are in effect for the full academic year.
  • Students who wish to change, or upper-class students who wish to discontinue their meal contract should indicate their preference on the Selection Card mailed home in the summer.
  • Upper-class meal plan contracts can be canceled in person at the Dining Services administrative office at 144 Thayer St. A fifty dollar ($50) non-refundable administrative fee will be charged to a student's University account for any meal plan contract canceled after September 6, 2016. No meal plan contract can be canceled after September 28, 2016.
  • Meal plan contracts may be changed only once each semester and a change precludes cancellation. The contract change deadline for Semester I is September 28, 2016. The contract change deadline for Semester II is February 17, 2016. There is a ten dollar ($10) administrative fee for a meal plan contract change submitted after September 6, 2016.
  • Any refund due from a meal plan contract change or cancellation is credited to the student's University account on a pro-rated basis.
  • The Bursar's Office will not process meal plan contract changes or cancellations. You must contact Dining Services directly or in person for any action pertaining to meal plan contracts. Omission of board contract fees from payments to the Bursar does not constitute cancellation of a meal plan contract. Late charges will apply unless Dining Services is contacted directly.
  • Meal plan contract meals and FlexPlus Points are non-transferable. It is a violation of both Brown and Dining Services policy to loan out your ID card. Sharing meal plan is not permitted and all meals and points associated with each plan (with the exception of guest meals) are for the use of the meal plan holder only.
  • A maximum of two meals per hour can be used as “meal credits” toward purchases in retail locations, at a value of $7.60 each.
  • Guest meals are included in each residential meal plan. They can be used by a student to pay for the meal of a companion but they cannot be used to supplement a student’s own meal balance.
  • Students receive FlexPlus Points as part of each dining account in the amounts noted on the Meal Plan page. Additional points may be purchased throughout the academic year.
  • Unused meals are forfeited when you switch from a Flex plan to a Weekly plan.
  • Unused meals and FlexPlus Points are forfeited at the end of the applicable academic year, i.e. on the last day of final exams.
Questions concerning the terms of Meal Plan Contracts may be directed to the Brown Dining office, 144 Thayer St. You can also call (401) 863-3876.
Brown Dining also has established Policies for standards of conduct in our dining halls and retail eateries.
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