Dining Plans, Dining Dollars, and Flex
Columbia Dining understands the diversity of student life...one day you need to grab a quick bite on the way to class, and the next day you want to enjoy dinner with friends. In trying to meet everyone's needs, we've created a wide variety of options that allow students to dine according to their lifestyle and schedule. The common thread, of course, is that you will always enjoy fresh, healthy and delicious food served in an efficient and professional environment.
|Dining Plans||Dining Dollars||Flex Account|
|Who Can Use It?||Any enrolled Columbia University student.||Any enrolled Columbia University student.||Any enrolled student, faculty, or staff of Columbia University.|
|How Does It Work?||A dining plan program accessed through Columbia University ID card that allows you to enjoy all-you-care-to-eat meals at John Jay Dining Hall, Ferris Booth Commons, and JJ's Place.||A dollar-for-dollar, tax-free declining balance account accessed through Columbia University ID card.||A dollar-for-dollar declining balance account accessed through Columbia University ID card.|
|Where Can I Use It?||John Jay Dining Hall, Ferris Booth Commons, and JJ's Place.||At all 12 on-campus dining locations.||At all 12 on-campus dining locations, as well as at the University Bookstore, campus copy machines,laundry facilities, vending machines, and Hartely Hospitality Desk.|
|Is It Required?||All first-year students are required to have a meal plan, but enrollment after the first year is optional.||No, but it will make your life a lot easier!||No, but it will make your life a lot easier!|
|When Does It Expire?||First-year meals expire at the end of each week; Upperclass, GS, and graduate meals in Plan A expire at the end of the week; Plan A Choice meals expire at the end of each term. Plan B, C, and D meals expire at the end of the academic year. Dining Dollars for all plans roll over from year to year until graduation.||Upon graduation (it rolls over from year to year).||Upon graduation (it rolls over from year to year).|
|Is It Tax-Free?||Yes.||Yes.||No.|
|How Much Does It Cost?||All first-year plans are $2,504 per term*, while upperclass, GS, and graduate plans cost anywhere from $1,027 to $2,276 per term based on which plan you select.||It's up to you!||It's up to you!|
|How Do I Get It?||In person at 125 Wallach Hall or online. For first years, dining plan selection is done in conjunction with the first-year housing selection process.||
**Note that BONUS DINING DOLLARS are different from regular Dining Dollars and are held in a separate account. If you would like to use Bonus Dining Dollars at any of our 12 locations, please let the cashier know. They roll over from year to year unti you graduate, and you can access your balance by contacting Rosie Fernandez at firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-854-4076.
*The cost of first year meal plans is not final until approved by the Board of Trustees in June.