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Meal Plans - 2016-2017 Academic Year

2015-2016 Meal Plan Information

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 2016-2017

Plan Name Number of Block Meals Dining Dollars Meal Trades Cost per Semester Tax 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 150
150 Meals
Block 120
120 Meals

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 2016-2017 (pdf)

  • Who should purchase a Meal Plan?
  • Anyone! Access Meal Plans are especially convenient for on-campus residents, while Block Plans cater more to off-campus residents.

  • Where can I use my Meal Plan?
  • Block and Access meals are consumed at the Roadrunner Café. Meal Trades and Dining Dollars are designed for use at any food venue on campus when eating at a branded venue is more advantageous or preferred over a trip to the Café.

    The Roadrunner Café is an “all you care to eat” buffet style facility that offers a wide variety of options. Menus are posted on UTSA Dining's website or available on the UTSA app.

    Retail food venues offer a variety of food choices including nationally recognized franchises. Meal Trades and Dining Dollars can be used at all campus food venues including the JPL Food Court, Greens to Go, Chick-fil-A, Papa John’s, Sushic, Taco Taco, Panda Express, Mooyah, Chili’s Too!, POD Market, BB Marketplace, Subway, Starbucks, RowdyMart, Smoothie King, Einstein Brother’s Bagels, Pizza Hut, and the Downtown Food Court.

  • What is an Access plan?
  • Access 5 (Mon-Fri) and Access 7 (Mon-Sun) Meal Plan holders may eat as many times per day at the Roadrunner Café as desired, provided thirty (30) minutes elapse between entries. These plans are optimal for students who live on campus, who choose to eat multiple times per day to meet their dining style, or who seek variety in their food choices every day.

    Select Access plans include Meal Trades. Meal Trades allow up to $5 in value when redeemed at a UTSA food venue in lieu of a visit to the Roadrunner Café.

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

    Block Plan holders may eat as many times at the Roadrunner Café as designated by their plan, provided thirty minutes elapse between entries to the Café; however, use of a meal or Meal Trade negates use of the other within the same meal period.

  • How do Meal Trades work?
  • Select meal plans allow for a designated number of Meal Trades each week. In lieu of a meal at the Roadrunner Café, meal plan holders may opt to use a Meal Trade to eat at one of the many food venues on campus. Meal Trades are redeemed at a UTSA food venue for a value up to $5. Any charges over this amount can be paid with Dining Dollars, Cash, or Credit Card. Meal Trades can be used once per designated meal period. Meal Trades reset each Monday and do not roll over from one week to the next. 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: 7am-11:30am, 11:30am-3:30pm, 3:30pm-8:30pm, and 8:30pm to 2:00am. Select Meal Plans include Meal Trades for use at campus food venues in lieu of a meal at the Roadrunner Café. Meal trades can only be redeemed once per Meal Period. Once redeemed, further use of a Meal Trade or the Roadrunner Café must wait for the next meal period.

  • What are the primary differences between Dining Dollars that come with select Meal Plan and Rowdy Dollars?
  • Select Meal Plans provide unlimited access to meals at the Campus Dining Facility (Roadrunner Café) and include Dining Dollars for use at any food venue on the UTSA campuses. 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 can be used virtually anywhere on campus that takes money, including food venues. Rowdy Dollars roll from semester to semester as long as the student is enrolled at the University.

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

Facts about the Meal Plan

  • Meal Plans are for 9 months. Cancellation for convenience is only available prior to the census date of the Fall semester. Cancellation charges may apply. Census Date for 2016-2017: Fall – September 8, 2016.
  • Residents of Chaparral Village, Laurel Village, Chisholm Hall, and Alvarez Hall with 48 or fewer completed semester credit hours MUST have a meal plan as part of residency requirements.
  • 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.
  • After the Fall Census Date (12th class day of semester), no changes can be made to meal plans. 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. 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 to the Spring Census Date (January 25, 2017).
  • Usage reports are available upon request from the UTSACard Office as well as through the student ASAP account.
  • For more information, email or call (210) 458-7275.

2016-2017 Meal Plan Forms