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Resident Meal Plan Information

Coming in Fall 2020

Resident meal plans are convenient! They allow students to spend more time on academic and other personal pursuits, no cooking, cleaning, shopping or driving; they are the most convenient way for students to save time and eat a healthy, well-balanced meal; and lastly, new dining café will be located on the bottom floor of the QUAD... it doesn't get much more convenient than that.  

What You Need to Know

  • Convenience

    • Students can spend more time on academic and other personal pursuits, no Cooking, cleaning, shopping or driving.
    • Most convenient way for students to save time and eat a well-balanced meal.
  • Flexibility

    • Meal Plans are built to match CSUSM students’ lifestyles. Based on eating habits, there are different plan options.
    • Meal plans are made up of meal swipes, and dining dollars. Dining dollars can be used any USU eatery or Starbucks.
  • Value/Affordability

    • Dining cafe will offer the best value all-you-care-to-eat options. Cost per meal (on meal plans) range from $6.97 to $9.99.
    • Student’s time and money is very valuable. Reduce costs for gas, groceries, and eating out. It also saves time, and limits the concerns about what is in the fridge or finding the time to grocery shop.
    • A meal plan can decrease roommate conflicts resulting in an increase of the enjoyment of being in their living space.
  • Meal Plan Exemption Process

    Visit the Meal Plan Exemption/Change Process to learn more. 

Resident Meal Plan Costs

  • First Year Student Meal Plan Options

     
    FIRST YEAR STUDENT MEAL PLAN OPTIONS
    Plan Plan Details Meals per Week Dining Dollars Cost per Meal 8 Installment Payment Plan Cost* Semester Cost Annual Cost

    Cougar Plan

    19 MPW + $75 dining dollars

    19

    $ 75.00

    $ 6.97

    $ 574.75

    $ 2,299

    $ 4,598

    Tukwut Plan

    15 MPW + $400 dining dollars

    15

    $ 400.00

    $ 7.54

    574.75

    $ 2,299

    $ 4,598

    Paw Plan

    12 MPW + $625 dining dollars

    12

    $ 625.00

    $ 8.31

    574.75

    $ 2,299

    $ 4,598

    * Payments are made in August, September, October, November, January, February, March, April.

  • Second Year and beyond Meal Plan Options

    SECOND YEAR AND BEYOND MEAL PLAN OPTIONS
    Plan Plan Details Meals per semester Dining Dollars Cost per Meal 8 Installment Payment Plan Cost* Semester Cost Annual Cost

    Cougar Blue Plan

    Block 160 + $150 dining dollars

    160

    $ 150

    $    8.74

    $ 387.25

    $ 1,549

    $ 3,098

    Gold Plan

    Block 115 + $500 dining dollars

    115

    $ 500

    $    9.12

    387.25

    $ 1,549

    $ 3,098

    Silver Plan

    Block 90 + $650 dining dollars

    90

    $ 650

    $    9.99

    387.25

    $ 1,549

    $ 3,098

    * Payments are made in August, September, October, November, January, February, March, April.

  • CalFresh Meal Plan Information

     
    CAL FRESH MEAL PLAN OPTION
    Plan Plan Details Meals per Week Cost per Meal 8 Installment Payment Plan Cost* Semester Cost Annual Cost

    CalFresh Plan

    10 Meals Per Week

    10

    $    5.76

    $ 242.13

    $ 968.50

    $ 1,937

    * Payments are made in August, September, October, November, January, February, March, April.

    To learn more about this meal plan option and to complete the CalFresh Meal Plan Request Form visit Meal Plan Change/Exemption Information

    To learn more about the CalFresh Program at CSUSM, visit CalFresh 

  • Housing and Meal Plan Cost Calculator

    Click here to view a calculator which will help you determine the cost of your preferred space and meal plan. PLEASE NOTE: This is informational only. Utilizing this calculator does not reserve a space on campus or a meal plan. 

Resident Meal Plan FAQs

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