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Meal Plans - 2018-2019 Academic Year

2017-2018 Meal Plan Information

2018-2019 Meal Plan Forms

Meal plans provide meals and Dining Dollars that a student can use only at on-campus dining facilities. Meal Plans are recommended for all students and are the most economical, flexible, and fun way to eat on campus. We offer a variety of options to fit your lifestyle.

All students who reside in Laurel Village, Chaparral Village, Alvarez Hall, or Chisholm Hall with 48 or fewer completed semester credit hours are required to purchase a meal plan listed below. Students residing in University Oaks may purchase a meal plan, but it is not required.

Meal Plan Options 2018-2019

Plan Name
Number of Meals
Dining Dollars
Meal Trades
Cost per Semester*
Total Annual Cost*
Access 7A
Unlimited M-S
Access 7B
Unlimited M-S
Access 7C
Unlimited M-S
Access 5A
Unlimited M-F
Block 1
150 Meals
Block 2
120 Meals
*Plus tax

Staff Meal Plan Information

Available for purchase at any food service location, employee meal plans are a great way to squeeze a little bit more out of your dining budget with up to a 12% Dining Dollar bonus.

  • Employee 250 plan – Will cost you $250, but you’ll get $280 in Dining Dollars
  • Employee 150 plan – Will cost you $150, but you’ll get $162 in Dining Dollars

Both plans include a discounted door rate at the Roadrunner Café and a reusable cup that entitles you to $0.99 refills.

Visit UTSA Dining's website or call (210) 458-7275 for more information.

Meal Plan Information 2018-2019 (pdf)

  • Who can purchase a meal plan?
  • Anyone! Campus Services and UTSA Dining encourage students to review all available meal plans to determine the one that best fits their needs, budget, and dining style.

  • Where can I use my meal plan?
  • Block and Access meals are used at the Roadrunner Cafe. The Roadrunner Cafe is an "all you care to eat" buffet-style facility that offers a variety of options. Menus are posted on UTSA Dining's website at and on the UTSA mobile app.

    Dining Dollars and Meal Trades are included in select meal plans, which can be used at any campus dining location. Retail venues offer a range of choices, including nationally recognized franchises. For a full list of locations, visit

  • What is an Access plan?
  • Access 7 (Mon-Sun) and Access 5 (Mon-Fri) meal plan holders may eat as many times per day at the Roadrunner Café as desired, provided 30 minutes elapse between visits. Access plans are suited for on-campus residents who like a variety of food choices or choose to eat multiple times per day to meet their dining style.

    Select plans include Meal Trades. Use of a Meal Trade negates use of a meal at the Roadrunner Cafe within the same meal period.

  • What is a Block plan?
  • Block plans provide a specific number of meals each semester for use at the Roadrunner Cafe or through Meal Trades, if applicable. Unused meals do not roll over and are forfeited at the end of the semester.

    Block plan holders can eat as many times at the Roadrunner Cafe as designated, provided 30 minutes elapse between visits to the Cafe. Use of a Meal Trade negates use of a meal at the Roadrunner Cafe within the same meal period.

  • How do Meal Trades work?
  • Select meal plans include a designated number of Meal Trades each week. In lieu of a meal at the Roadrunner Cafe, meal plan holders may opt to use a Meal Trade to eat at one of the many dining locations on campus.

    • Meal Trades are redeemed at UTSA dining locations for a value up to $5. Any charges over this amount can be paid with Dining Dollars, cash, or credit.
    • Meal Trades can be used once per designated meal period. Use of a Meal Trade negates use of a meal at the Roadrunner Cafe until the next meal period and vice versa.
    • Meal Trades reset each Monday and do not roll over to the next week. Any Meal Trades not used by Sunday midnight are forfeited.
  • What are Meal Periods and why do they matter?
  • Meal periods are defined as follows:

    • Breakfast: 7am-11:30am
    • Lunch: 11:30am-3:30pm
    • Dinner: 3:30pm-8:30pm
    • Late night: 8:30pm-2:00am

    Meal Periods affect the use of Meal Trades. See "How do Meal Trades work?" for more information.

  • What are the primary differences between Dining Dollars and Rowdy Dollars?
  • Dining Dollars are included with select meal plans for use at any UTSA dining location. Unused Dining Dollars in the Fall roll over to the Spring semester; however, unused Dining Dollars in the Spring are forfeited at the end of the semester.

    Rowdy Dollars are separate from meal plans and can be used virtually anywhere on campus that takes money, including dining locations. Rowdy Dollars roll from semester to semester as long as the student is enrolled at the University. Learn more about Rowdy Dollars.

  • How do I sign up for a meal plan?
  • Meal plan contracts are submitted online through ASAP under the Student Services tab. Select the UTSACard link, then Meal Plan Application. The cost is assessed to your tuition and fees through UTSA Fiscal Services. Payments can be made online or at Fiscal Services.

  • Changes and Cancellation
    • Contract length & cancellation: Meal plan contracts are for the fall and spring semesters. Cancellation for convenience is only available before Census Date of the Fall semester. Cancellation charges may apply. Fall 2018 Census Date is September 6, 2018.
      • If the student cancels their meal plan before the Census Date, a prorated portion of the meal plan will be deducted from any refund, based on meals consumed and Dining Dollars expended or number of days on the plan, whichever is greater.
      • Students who purchase a meal plan beginning in the Spring semester may cancel for convenience until the Spring 2019 Census Date: January 30, 2019. This ONLY applies to those individuals who did not hold a meal plan in the Fall 2017 semester.
    • Meal plan changes: Changes can be made to meal plans before the Census Date. After the Fall Census Date (12th class day of semester), no changes can be made. Between the Fall and Spring semester, students may change an existing meal plan to another plan without penalty; however, any changes during this between-semester period must be completed prior the Spring Census Date (January 30, 2019).

  • Meal Plan Requirement
  • Residents of Chaparral Village, Laurel Village, Chisholm Hall, and Alvarez Hall with 48 or fewer completed semester credit hours are REQUIRED to have a meal plan as part of residency requirements. Students who do not select a meal plan by Census Date will be auto-assessed the Access 7B plan.

  • Unused Meals and Unused Dining Dollars
    • Unused meals are forfeited at the end of each semester. Meals do NOT roll forward to future semesters.
    • Dining Dollars roll over from the Fall semester to the Spring semester. Unused Dining Dollars at the end of the Spring semester do not roll over and are forfeited at the end of the Spring semester.
      • Usage reports are available upon request from Campus Services as well as through the student ASAP account.

  • Questions
  • For more information, email or call (210) 458-7275.