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Who can purchase a Meal Plan...

ANYONE whether living on or off campus.

 
Do I have to purchase a Meal Plan...

Only members of the Corps of Cadets are required to purchase a meal plan. However, if you do purchase a meal plan, you will save money using it over paying cash or using your Aggie Bucks.

 

How do I choose the right Meal Plan...

Estimate the number of meals YOU may eat daily in the semester from morning to late night then select the option that closest meets your needs. It is also helpful to look at the weekly averages for each plan, you want to eat close to this number as possible to not go over or under your meal totals.

 
Where can I use my meal plan...

Use your meal plan at any open location on campus, including our two convenience stores, two dining centers and 30+ retail locations. Present your Aggie Card to a cashier to “swipe” your card and one meal is subtracted from your meal plan semester total. No one else is permitted to use your Aggie Card. Therefore, per University Regulations, meal plans are not transferable to others (see finance.tamu.edu/sbs/aggiecard).

 
What is Outbound...

It is a program that allows you to use your meal plan to get a meal at any of our campus retail locations (with the exception of the two C-Stores - see below). It is designed to allow full meal selections from our Outbound menus posted (up to two meals per location visit). This is our version of a combo or value meal and it offers savings over using cash. It’s your choice to get “all-you-care-to-eat” in a Dining Center, use Outbound Meals in a retail location or a combination of both.

 
What can I get at the C-Stores on my Outbound...

New to the C-Stores is a create your own Outbound option. This allows you to use one meal from your plan, in exchange for up to $6.50 (pre-tax) worth of any food items. This allows students ultimate flexibility with the many choices the C-Stores offer. This is exclusive to the C-Stores and is not allowed at any other locations.

 
What if I want to bring a guest to eat...

You are always able to use up to, two meals per transaction, at all our facilities.
Please remember, meal plans are a service. University policy prohibits the transfer of services from one person to another, which for our purposes means that you can't share your meal plan with someone else.
  34.1.3 : Meal Plans are non-transferable from the owner. Lending a student ID card, or temporary meal card to another individual for the purpose of obtaining meals is prohibited. The use of another student's ID card will be considered theft and subject to disciplinary action.

 
How do I purchase a Dining Option...

Add an Option to your student’s account during registration or contact Dining Services. Use our web form, email diningservices@tamu.edu (include name, ID number and chosen Option) or visit the Campus Dining Office in the Pavilion. Sorry, we cannot add plans or bundles over the phone. Your payment will go to the Office of Student Business Services.

 
How do I pay...

Plans are automatically put on your student account. Visit: AggiE-Pay.tamu.edu to pay your student account or visit sbs.tamu.edu for other student financial information. You can also now pay for your meal plan (only) or bundles with your Visa card, by visiting the Campus Dining Office at the Pavilion - sorry Visa cards cannot be accepted online at this time. You MUST add your plan or bundle in person at the CDO, if you add a plan or bundle online or through registration it will be automatically added to your student fee statement.

 

Where is the best deal on campus...

Dining in Sbisa and Duncan Dining Centers allow a wide variety and unlimited seconds (“all-you-care-to-eat”) on each meal, but please take only what you can eat while you are there.

 

What do you serve...

Our choices include traditional American (salads, deli sandwiches, burgers, BBQ and such), pizza and Italian, Mexican, Pan Asian, vegetarian, specialty coffees, Ultimate Fruit Sensations Smoothies and more.  Visit our facilities page for a list and schedule of all our locations.

 

What if I want to cancel my Option...

Dining Services follows the University’s refund schedule for Tuition and Fee Adjustments published by Student Business Services.

 

If I have meals left...

Unused meals do not carry over to the next semester, they are not refundable and cannot be shared. Please refer to the graph below to see where your campus dining monies are spent.

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If I run short of meals...

For more meals, you can “buy a bundle” of 10 at you original plan per meal cost. Buy a bundle online at: http://vpfninet.tamu.edu/food/do/mealplans/order or through the Campus Dining Office.

 

Can I use Aggie Bucks or credit cards...

Need a light snack? We welcome Aggie Bucks in all our locations, as well as major credit cards and cash. Cash prices at the dining centers are $6.95 (breakfast), $7.25 (lunch) and $7.95 (dinner).

 

Why isn't [your favorite location] open on [your favorite date/time]?

A little known fact is that Dining Services is entirely self-funded, which means we don't receive any state funds or tax dollars. The revenue our food and services generates allows us to support our operations, including pay raises and state-mandated benefits for our staff. As such, we have to balance our needs, to be fiscally responsible, to meet the desires and needs of our customers. Take Sbisa for example. It takes a considerable amount of income, just to open the doors. Utilities, manpower, food costs, if we don't feed several hundred people per meal, we are losing money, which ultimately results in higher prices for our customers. We don't like that alternative, so we try to be efficient without compromising quality. One way we can do this is to set the hours of operation for each of our locations, so they won't compete with each other during slow times.

 

How can I give feedback..

Email us at diningservices@tamu.edu, fill out comment cards, participate in surveys or contact managers at facilities.

 

 

 

 


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