Meal Plan Costs & Options

Our meal plans are offered with either a per-week or per-semester meal allowance. For instance, a "10 flex/meal" plan allows you to use up to 10 meals per week in Cafe Biola while a "20 block" plan allows you to eat 20 meals per semester in Cafe Biola. Per-week meal plans replenish themselves every Sunday. For example, if you're on the "10 flex meal" plan, then every Sunday, 10 meals are downloaded onto your ID card. If you are on a block plan, you will get a one-time download of either 20 or 175 meals for the entire semester.

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Minimum Meal Plan Requirement

  • All residence hall residents, whether full- or part-time, are required to purchase a minimum 10-meals-per-week plan.
  • Apartment residents and commuters may elect to purchase a meal plan, but are not required to do so and may opt out of their meal plan contract whenever they wish.
  • Students assigned to residence halls who have not selected a meal plan by the end of Registration or by housing check-in will be assigned the 10 meal plan. Students may then change this dining plan if they wish, according to the policies governing meal plan changes.
  • Students with special dietary needs, food allergies and sensitivities, or physician-prescribed diets have to option to enroll in our Special Diet Accommodation program. This program allows students to fulfil their meal plan obligation AND have their meals prepared by our on-site culinary team without a major disruption to their academic schedule and at no additional cost.

Meal Plan Rates: 2020–21 Academic Year

Modified Meal Plan Offerings for Fall 2020 

Meal plan offerings have changed due to the reduced on-campus student population and shortened Fall term (August 27th to November 24th) 

Options for Approved On-Campus Residents
Students Living in Residence Halls Aug 27th-Nov 24th
15 meals per week (no Flex dollars) $1,825/semester
20 meals per week (no Flex dollars)$1,929/semester
120 block plan $1460/semester
Students living in ApartmentsAug 27th-Nov 24th
20 block (no Flex dollars) $243/semester

Apartment Residents are not required to have a meal plan, but may voluntarily purchase any of the above meal plans.

Normal Meal Plan Offerings

The options below are not being offered for Fall 2020, but remain published for reference. At this time Spring 2021 meal plan options have not been finalized.

20 Flex/Meal Plan $2,607/semester (includes $150 Flex dollars)
15 Flex/Meal Plan $2,463/semester (includes $150 Flex dollars)
12 Flex/Meal Plan $2,100/semester (includes $150 Flex dollars)
10 Flex/Meal Plan $1,941/semester (includes $150 Flex dollars)
10 Meal Plan $1,807/semester (no Flex dollars)
175 Block Plan: 175 “any time” meals $2,280/semester (includes $150 Flex dollars)
For Apartment Residents and Commuter Students only:
5 Flex/Meal Plan $816/semester (includes $50 Flex dollars)
20 Block Plan: 20 “any time” meals $578/semester (includes $350 Flex dollars)

To select your Fall 2020/Spring 2021 meal plan:

(a) go to My Housing Self Service

(b) choose "Dining" from the menu on top

(c) click the button to 'Select/Change my plan'

(d) Select the academic term you wish to edit. Please note at certain times of the year you can make dining changes to the current term as well as a future term.

Any prorated adjustments due to cancellation or changes of meal plans will be reflected on the student’s account. All questions regarding meal plan changes, meal plan billing, etc. should be addressed to Dining Services: or 562-903-4872


On the 'per-week' [non-'block'] plans, unused meals do not roll over to the next week and are non-refundable.

Flex Dollars from Fall Roll-Over to the Spring semester, but do not carry from one academic year to the next. Unused Flex Dollars expire at the end of the academic year, will not be refunded, and cannot be spent or claimed after the final day of Spring semester or after the student leaves the University.

Students may upgrade their meal plan at any time, however, the last opportunity to reduce their meal plan for the current semester is the Friday October 16 for Fall 2020 semester and Friday February 26 for Spring 2021 semester.

For Summer dining options SEE SUMMER MEAL PLANS

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Last Updated:
September 04, 2020
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