How it Works & FAQ

How it Works

A barcode on the back of your student ID card is scanned and identifies your account when you make a purchase.


Meals are offered in seven of the nine plans. Enjoy all-you-care-to-eat dining for breakfast, lunch, and dinner at Fresh Food Co. Meals can be used to purchase Meal Combos (predetermined meal combinations) at various locations. One Meal will be subtracted from your account when you purchase a Meal at the Fresh Food Company or a Meal Combo. You can use up to 4 meals per day. Check out the How-To Guide for some Meal Plan tips and tricks. 

Unlimited Fresh Plan

The Unlimited Fresh Plan provides unlimited access into Fresh Food Company and an additional 10 Meals per week at other dining locations. This plan is for your use only.

Dining Dollars

All Plans offer Dining Dollars to use in Campus Dining restaurants and C-Stores. Purchase beverages, snacks, or meals with Dining Dollars. It works like a debit card; each time a purchase is made the money is subtracted from your account. You can add Dining Dollars throughout the semester.

Which Plan to Choose

Visit our Choosing a Plan guide for more detailed Plan breakdowns based on where you live.

Choose from Unlimited Fresh or 14+ 

  • Traditional Style Living Centers* (Copeland, Kistler, Robinson, Holton-Hooker)
  • Suite Style Living Centers* (DeVos, Kirkpatrick, Maple, Oak, Pew, Pickard, Pine, Seidman, Stafford, Swanson)

*Students in these living areas are required to select a Meal Plan and will automatically receive a 14+ plan as part of their Housing contract.

Choose any Plan except Express

  • Apartment Style Living Centers* (Frey, Hills, Hoobler, Johnson, Ott, North C, Weed)

Students in these living areas may choose any plan except the Express Plan.

Choose any Plan

  • On-Campus Apartments (Calder Art Residence, Grand Valley Apartments, Laker Village, Murray, Niemeyer East & West, Secchia, South C/D/E, VanSteeland, Winter Hall)
  • Off-Campus and Commuter Students

Frequently Asked Questions

When are Fall Meal Plans active?

Monday, August 19, 2019. Classes start on Monday, August 26.

Can I change my Meal Plan?

Sure! We want you to have the Plan that works best for you. You can change your Dining Plan during the first week of the Fall and/or Winter semester. Simply visit the Campus Dining Office in 100 Commons or fill out the Meal Plan change form on our website.

What if I have unused Dining Dollars at the end of the semester?

Unused Dining Dollars transfer from Fall to Winter semester. Be sure to use them by the end of Winter semester. Any unused dollars are non-refundable and cannot be transferred to the new academic year.

What if I have unused Meals?

Value+ and Casual+ Meals are per semester and will roll to Winter semester. The Unlimited Fresh Plan, 14+, 7+ and 5+ plans are per week and do not roll over to the next week.

What if my Dining Dollars run low?

Each time you make a purchase, you may ask the cashier to tell you how many Meals and/or Dining Dollars you have remaining. The Dining Dollar balance can also be checked on the Campus Dish app. If your balance is low, you can add to your account using cash, check, money order, or credit card. Visit the Campus Dining Office in 100 Commons or add more Dining Dollars online.

Can I use national brand gift cards on campus?

Starbucks and Subway are the only national brand on campus that accepts gift cards.  The best thing for family and friends to do is buy a Campus Dining gift card.  Students have the freedom to use those gift cards at all Campus Dining locations, including national brands.  Campus Dining gift cards may be purchased online at, via telephone at 616-331-3016, or in the Campus Dining office.

Will my Meal Plan be renewed for the Winter Semester?

YES, if you live in:

  • Traditional: Copeland, Kistler, Robinson, Holton-Hooker
  • Suite Style: DeVos, Kirkpatrick, Maple, Oak, Pew, Pickard, Pine, Seidman, Stafford, Swanson
  • Apartment Style: Frey, Hills, Hoobler, Johnson, Ott, North C, Weed

NO,  if you live in: 

  • On-Campus Apartment: Calder Art Residence, Grand Valley Apartments, Laker Village, Murray, Niemeyer East & West, Secchia, South C/D/E, VanSteeland, Winter Hall
  • Off-Campus and Commuter Students

Where can I use my Dining Plan?

Dining plans can be used at any of our Campus Dining locations on both the Allendale and Pew campuses.

If you have any additional questions, please contact us at 616-331-3016, or email us at

What happens if I lose my Student I.D.?

  1.  Come into the Campus Dining Office as soon as possible 
  2. We will deactivate your current meal plan account and transfer your account to a temporary access card. 
  3. We will issue a temporary access card for 1 week that can be used for meals and dining dollars
  4.  If you find your I.D. before within the weeks time, bring your Student I.D. back into the Campus Dining office and we will transfer your meal plan account back on to your original student I.D.
  5.  If you do not find your Student I.D. before the 1 week time period, you will be required to purchase a new one at student services and then update your new barcode with us

GVSU Campus Dining Terms & Conditions

All funds and plans purchased for use in GVSU Campus Dining are for the personal use of the owner of the account or plan only and are non-transferable.

The Dining Dollar funds and Meal Plans cannot be used as a gift card or gift certificate.

Except as otherwise expressly stated in these terms, all Dining Dollar funds and meal plans are non-refundable and will expire at the earlier of the last day of enrollment or employment, as applicable, or the last day of the current semester.

Meal Plans and Dining Dollar funds are non-refundable. Unused Meal Plans and Dining Dollar balances expire on the last date of enrollment or employment and last day of the Winter Semester.