Meal Plan Q&A

Meal Plan Q&A

We recommend you select a meal plan that accommodates your eating habits and the number of meals or snacks that you prefer each day. Many students select their meal plan based on flexibility and access to the greatest number of dining venues on campus. Others prefer to eat all of their meals in the Food Zoo Dining Room.  
In order to access your meal plan, you will need to obtain a temporary Griz Card from the Griz Card Center on the first floor of the University Center. To prevent unauthorized use, please report your missing Griz Card immediately. Report your lost Griz Card online 24 hours a day at Lost Griz Card, or call (406) 243-6943 during business hours (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday). Once you report your Griz Card as missing, it is deactivated to prevent unauthorized use of your privileges including door access, meal plans and flex dollars, Bear Bucks, ticket pickup, and UMoney accounts. You are responsible for any activity associated with your Griz Card prior to reporting it lost or stolen.
Yes.  Anyone with an active Griz Card (faculty, staff, students, affiliates, retirees, and alumni) can purchase our on-campus meal plans, or activate a Bear Bucks account. Please stop by the UM Campus Dining Main Office in Lommasson 114, call our meal plan specialist at (406) 243-6325, or email us at Meal Plan Specialist for more information.
It is a University of Montana policy that all students living on campus must purchase either the All-Campus or the Food Zoo Exclusive Plan. The City Fire Marshal does not allow cooking within the residence halls, and on-campus housing is not designed to safely accommodate cooking or food preparation of any kind.
Your Griz Card is the only way to access your Meal Plan and Flex Dollars and must be presented when purchasing food. 
UM Campus Dining accommodates most medical dietary restrictions. The services of our registered dietitian are provided as part of your meal plan. Our dietitian will assist you in identifying which foods within UMCD operations will meet your specific dietary needs.  Yes, all students living in a residence hall must, per University policy, purchase a meal plan.

 It varies depending on the meal plan you have selected. 

  • The All-Campus Meal Plan provides $78.75 in Weekly Meal Plan Funds, $200 in Flex Dollars per semester, and campus-wide access to 25 dining venues. If you were to spend $78.75 exclusively in the Food Zoo, this would allow 21 entrances.
  • The Food Zoo Exclusive Plan provides unlimited entries to the Food Zoo dining center for the semester and $200 Flex dollars per semester, providing campus-wide access to 25 venues. 
When you make a purchase with your meal plan, the remaining balance is displayed at the cash register.  You can also check these balances at the courtesy reader located in the Corner Store, in the UM Campus Dining Main Office (Lommasson 114), or ask any UMCD cashier. 

Both meal plans  include 5 guest meals  per semester. Additional guest entries will be deducted from your All-Campus plan or your Flex Dollars at discounted Bear Bucks price, provided you accompany them into the dining room. When hosting at a retail operation, standard retail pricing applies.

You cannot allow anyone else to use your Griz Card. Our cashiers will confiscate any card being used by someone other than the pictured cardholder. 

Yes, under the following conditions. Meal plan changes can be made any time before and throughout the semester. To change your meal plan, contact the UMCD Meal Plan Specialist with your full name, student ID (starting with 790), phone number, and meal plan selection by calling (406) 243-6325 or by email. You may also stop by the UM Campus Dining Main Office in the Lommasson Center, Room 114 Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

If you live or move off-campus, you may cancel your meal plan and receive a prorated refund, less a $25 cancellation fee. To cancel your meal plan, you must present a signed UM Housing Check-Out Authorization Form to the UM Campus Dining Main Office in Lommasson 114. 

Once official notification is received, the refund will be credited to your student account.  Your meal plan will remain in effect until the following Saturday night. Business Services can assist you with accessing your prorated meal plan refund.

The last day to cancel a meal plan is September 27, 2019 for the fall semester and February 14, 2020 for spring semester, unless you are withdrawing from the University. The last day to receive a prorated meal plan refund due to withdrawal from the University is November 15, 2019 for the fall semester, and April 10, 2020 for the spring semester.

Your meal plan will remain in effect until you present a signed UM Housing Check-Out Authorization Form to the UM Campus Dining Main Office in Lommasson 114, at which point your meal plan will remain in effect until the following Saturday night.  Once official notification is received, you may keep your meal plan or you may cancel your meal plan and receive a prorated refund, less a $25 cancellation fee. 

The last day to cancel a meal plan is September 27, 2019 for the fall semester and February 14, 2020 for spring semester, unless you are withdrawing from the University. The last day to receive a prorated meal plan refund due to withdrawal from the University is November 15, 2019 for the fall semester, and April 10, 2020 for the spring semester.

The refund will be credited to your student account and Business Services can assist you with accessing those funds. Once you have access to those funds you can use them to open a Bear Bucks account for your continued on-campus dining convenience.

Students who remain on campus during Thanksgiving weekend and spring break can access food service by using their Flex Dollars. However, there are limited hours of operation during those periods. 
If your Weekly Meal Plan Fund balance is lower than $3.75, you can supplement that balance with your Flex Dollars, Bear Bucks, UMoney account, cash, Visa/Mastercard (credit or debit) at the $3.75 meal plan entrance price. You must deplete your Weekly Meal Plan Fund balance before any alternate funding will be accepted. Once you have depleted your Weekly Meal Plan Fund balance, you may only host a guest at the $3.75 meal plan entrance price if you use Flex Dollars. 
A meal plan is a prepaid purchase of meals for the semester. The difference between the full cost of the meal plan and the sum of the Weekly Meal Plan Fund represents all non-food costs and overhead such as labor, supplies, rent, utilities, and other expenses necessary to operate the UM Campus Dining facilities. All expenses associated with providing meal service to our guests in the Food Zoo are incurred whether a student uses the service or not. UM Campus Dining is entirely self-funded and as such, receives no state funding. 
All net revenues, including unused Weekly Meal Plan Funds, go into our capital project fund. UM Campus Dining is entirely self-funded, and our capital funds go toward the purchase of small and large equipment, facility maintenance and improvements, and development of new dining concepts and services.
Flex Dollars are part of the meal plan for that semester and do not carry over from fall semester to spring semester, or from one academic year to the next. 
Once you have depleted your Flex Dollars, you may activate your Bear Bucks account for discounted entrance into the Food Zoo. Bear Bucks are also accepted at any of our other UM Campus Dining retail venues