As a residential student in residence halls, you are automatically assigned one of three meal plans for $2,207 per semester. You can choose the Gold plan, with a semester total of 275 meals and $50 Flex, the Silver Plan with 225 meals and $100 Flex, or the Bronze Plan with 180 meals and $200 Flex.
On the other hand, if you live in townhouses or apartments, you can choose to adhere to one of the previously mentioned three plans or even get the Apartment Plan with 120 meals and$100 Flex for $1,195 per semester.
A meal plan is optional for commuter students. However, besides all four residential plans commuters can choose from, Metz also has two different commuter plans for those who would like to dine at Garlock or swipe at the café rather than paying in cash. The Basic Plan has 25 meals and $250 Flex per semester for $540, whereas the Plus Plan has 50 meals and $200 Flex for $720.
Now, what do the meal swipes and flex dollars mean for your dining experience?
Meal swipes can be used during breakfast, lunch, and dinner hours by swiping in the cashier before getting your food. During one meal period, you are able to swipe into the eatery as many times as you want and it will only count as one swipe. You can also use a meal swipe on the Hawks Grill (also known as Meal Equivalency and Late Night), but we will explain more in detail in the next blog post!
Flex dollars come with your meal plan. They are a dollar-for-dollar currency that is available on every student’s ID, which means you don’t have to worry about having cash or credit cards on hand when you want to make a purchase outside of your meal swipes. Flex dollars can both be used at the Library Café/Intermetzo for drinks, salads, and snacks, at Hawks Grill for specific fried foods and specials, and at Garlock for meals. All students can add discretionary flex dollars to their meal plan accounts. Discretionary flex is extra flex money that students can add to their ID cards to complement their needs, allowing them to have more meals during the day at Garlock, grabbing more drinks at the Café, and many others. Commuters who don’t have a meal plan can also add discretionary flex to their ID cards in order to be exempt from tax when they swipe rather than paying with cash when ordering.
I have a guest with me, what can I do?
All students with Gold, Silver, or Bronze plans get included in their plan two guest passes. Students with Apartment plans have one guest pass available. If you run out of guest passes and you want to pay for someone’s meal, you can always use your flex or add money to your ID card as discretionary flex in the dining hall with cash or credit at the cashier station.
Lastly, keep in mind that unused meal plan meals and flex do not carry over to the next semester, so you must use them within the current semester. This means that your fall meals and flex don’t carry over to the spring semester, and vice-versa. The only item that transfers over is Discretionary Flex.
If you have any additional questions please feel free to contact us. Happy Spending!