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Meal Plans

Keeping in mind that there are approximately 110 days in the academic semester, the number of meals you choose to have available on your meal plan is an individual decision.

First Year Residential Students are required to choose one of two 1st Year Plan options. (See Meal Plan Options)

A meal plan is mandatory for residential students living on campus: students who have fulfilled their Residency Requirement and live in a Townhouse or Lehman Apartment are excluded. If you do not select a meal plan, for 2019-20 you will be assigned the 14 Meal/500FLEX/5GUEST and billed accordingly.

All campus meal plans are designed to provide a broad range of dining services for our campus customers. In addition to the cost of ingredients and service labor the meal plans must also cover over-head & program expense that have been approved by the PACES Board of Directors.

When choosing what plan is best for you, think about how much time you expect to spend away from campus as well as your eating habits.

  • Meal Plans for Fall 2019 begin with lunch on Friday, August 23, 2019 and end after dinner on Saturday on May 23, 2020.
  • Changes to Meal Plans must be made with seven days of start of classes on BearPAWS.

Meals are allocated per week or semester (depending on the plan.) A meal is one entry at Lehman Dining Center (for an all-you-care-to-eat meal) or an all at once value equivalent of $6.50 at select campus locations.

Flex is a declining balance account that can be used at any dining location at any time. It is allocated per semester. Any unused balance expires when the meal plan ends at the close of the semester. Flex discount entry to Lehman Dining Center is 20%. 

Guest Passes are allocated per semester. Guest Passes may be used in any campus eatery where and when meals are accepted. They have the equivalent value of a meal swipe.

Meal plan selection is subject to review and audit by the Campus Card office and is based on room assignments and completion of the residency requirement. Students who are determined to be in contradiction with these terms will be defaulted to the 14Meal/500Flex/5Guest Plan.

 

Meal Plan Options

2019 - 2020 Meal Plan Options

A meal plan is mandatory for residential students living on campus: students who have fulfilled their Residency Requirement and live in a Townhouse or Lehman Apartment are excluded. Meal plan options for students depend on their residency status and where they live, including those who live in the Townhouses and Lehman apartments. First Year students must choose: 19MEAL/100Flex/5GUEST or 14MEAL/500Flex/5GUEST
Refer to the symbols to understand which plan you are eligible for:

Refer to the symbols to understand which plan you are eligible for:

Red Square Image First year students (for first two semesters living on campus)
Blue Circle Image Returning students (who have lived on campus for two semesters)
Yellow Triangle Photo Returning students or transfer students (who have fulfilled their residency requirement, meaning they have lived on campus a total of 4 semesters)
Green Hexagon Image

Returning students who commute, live off campus, or who have met the Residency Requirement AND live in a townhouse or Lehman Apartment

Red Square ImageBlue Circle ImageYellow Triangle PhotoGreen Hexagon Image$2,875- 19MEAL/100Flex/5GUEST

  • Provides 19 meal swipes per week, for a total of 298 meal swipes in the Fall semester and 308 meal swipes in the Spring semester. A meal is one entry at Lehman Dining Center (for an all-you-care-to-eat meal) or an all at once meal swipe of $6.50 in most any campus restaurant.
  • 100 Flex Dining Credits for use at any of our dining units. Ideal usage of Flex Dining Credits per week is $6.25.
  • 5 Guest Passes. Passes are equal to meal swipes and are valid at all PACES Dining Services' locations where and when meal swipes are accepted. Passes may be used for a guest or the cardholder.

Red Square ImageBlue Circle ImageYellow Triangle PhotoGreen Hexagon Image$2,875- 14MEAL/500Flex/5GUEST

  • Provides 14 meal swipes per week, for a total of 220 meal swipes in the Fall semester and 226 meal swipes in the Spring semester. A meal is one entry at Lehman Dining Center(for an all-you-care-to-eat meal) or an all at once meal swipe of $6.50 in most any campus restaurant.
  • 500 Flex Dining Credits for use at any of our dining units. Ideal usage of Flex Dining Credits per week is $31.25.
  • 5 Guest Passes. Passes are equal to meal swipes and are valid at all PACES Dining Services' locations where and when meal swipes are accepted. Passes may be used for a guest or the cardholder.

Blue Circle ImageYellow Triangle PhotoGreen Hexagon Image$2,725-12MEAL/500Flex/5GUEST

  • Provides 12 meal swipes per week for a total of 188 meal swipes in the Fall semester and 192 meal swipes in the Spring semester. A meal is one entry at Lehman Dining Center(for an all-you-care-to-eat meal) or an all at once meal allowance credit of $6.50 for food purchased in most any campus restaurant.
  • 500 Flex Dining Credits for use at any of our dining units. Ideal usage of Flex Dining Credits per week is $31.25.
  • 5 Guest Passes. Passes are equal to meal swipes and are valid at all PACES Dining Services' locations where and when meal swipes are accepted. Passes may be used for a guest or the cardholder.

Blue Circle ImageYellow Triangle PhotoGreen Hexagon Image$2,525-10MEAL/500Flex/5GUEST

  • Provides 10 meal swipes per week for a total of 157 meal swipes in the Fall semester and 160 meal swipes in the Spring semester. A meal is one entry at Lehman Dining Center(for an all-you-care-to-eat meal) or an all at once meal allowance credit of $6.50 forfood purchased in most any campus restaurant.
  • 500 Flex Dining Credits for use at any of our dining units. Ideal usage of Flex Dining Credits per week is $31.25.
  • 5 Guest Passes. Passes are equal to meal swipes and are valid at all PACES Dining Services' locations where and

Yellow Triangle PhotoGreen Hexagon Image$2,325-140BLOCK/500Flex/5GUEST

  • Provides 140 meal swipes per semester. A meal is one entry at Lehman Dining Center (for an all-you-care-to-eat meal) or an all at once credit of $6.50 for food purchased in most any campus restaurant.
  • 500 Flex Dining Credits for use at any of our dining units. Ideal usage of Flex Dining Credits per week is $31.25.
  • 5 Guest Passes. Passes are equal to meal swipes and are valid at all PACES Dining Services' locations where and when meal swipes are accepted. Passes may be used for a guest or the cardholder.

Yellow Triangle PhotoGreen Hexagon Image$1,825- 110BLOCK/400Flex/5GUEST

  • Provides 110 meal swipes per semester. A meal is one entry at Lehman Dining Center (for an all-you-care-to-eat meal) ) or an all at once credit of $6.50 for food purchased inmost any campus restaurant.
  • 400 Flex Dining Credits for use at any of our dining units. Ideal usage of Flex Dining Credits per week is $25.
  • 5 Guest Passes. Passes are equal to meal swipes and are valid at all PACES Dining Services' locations where and when meal swipes are accepted. Passes may be used for a guest or the cardholder.

Green Hexagon Image$500 – 50BLOCK/100FLEX/5GUEST

  • This plan offers 50 meal swipes per semester. A meal is one entry at Lehman Dining Center (for an all-you-care-to-eat meal) ) or an all at once credit of $6.50 for food purchased in most any campus restaurant.
  • 100 Flex Dining Credits for use at any of our dining units. Ideal usage of Flex Dining Credits per week is $6.25.
  • 5 Guest Passes. Passes are equal to meal swipes and are valid at all PACES Dining Services' locations where and when meal swipes are accepted. Passes may be used for a guest or the cardholder.

Green Hexagon Image$300 – 300FLEX/1GUEST

  • 300 Flex Dining Credits for use at any of our dining units. Ideal usage of Flex Dining Credits per week is $18.75.
  • 1Guest Pass. Passes are equal to meal swipes and are valid at all PACES Dining Services' locations where and when meal swipes are accepted. Passes may be used for a guest or the cardholder.

Green Hexagon Image$500 - 500/FLEX/1GUEST

  • 500 Flex Dining Credits for use at any of our dining units. Ideal usage of Flex Dining Credits per week is $31.25.
  • 1Guest Pass. Passes are equal to meal swipes and are valid at all PACES Dining Services' locations where and when meal swipes are accepted. Passes may be used for a guest or the cardholder.

Green Hexagon Image$1000 – 1000/FLEX/1GUEST

  • 1000 Flex Dining Credits for use at any of our dining units. Ideal usage of Flex Dining Credits per week is $62.50.
  • 1Guest Pass. Passes are equal to meal swipes and are valid at all PACES Dining Services' locations where and when meal swipes are accepted. Passes may be used for a guest or the cardholder.

These Meal Plans are pro-rated, check the Pro-rated Meal Allowances (under Managing Your Meal Plan) for the weeks when you will have fewer meal swipes due to College recesses.

Meal Plans are based on a 16 week semester. Money can be added to Flex at any time at any cash Dining Services' cash register, at the PACES/Card office in Merritt Hall, or online via BearPAWS.

View 2018-2019 Meal Plan Options

Managing Your Meal Plan

Meal Swipes

  • Your meal plan provides the security of knowing that your basic dining needs are covered for the entire semester.
  • Meal swipes are allocated per week (or semester) depending on the plan chosen.
  • Meals are designed to be eaten in the Lehman Dining Center, which is an all-you-care-to-eat facility with multiple food stations and a wide variety of products. This is where you get the best value for your meal plan dollar.
  • Meal swipes have a $6.50 (non cash) value at other locations. Meals are not accepted at Dexter's Cafe, the Stand in Maxcy Hall, Becky's Place at lunch (10:45 a.m. - 3 p.m.) and the Performing Arts Cafe (after 10:45 a.m.)
  • Meal swipes are issued weekly (or by the semester) you may use as many in a given day as you wish. Meal swipes must be used in the week or semester they are issued; they do not roll over and are weekly plans reset every Sunday at 2 a.m.
  • For any week that is less than seven days (such as the short week at the beginning of the semester) the allotted amount of guaranteed meals is pro-rated (learn more about pro-rating meals below).
  • (Available on 1st Year, Platinum, Gold, Silver, Block and Commuter Hybrid plans)

Flex Dining Credits (Available on all plans)

  • FLEX credits have the purchasing power equivalent to one dollar but they have no cash value.
  • FLEX can be used in any dining unit, including PACES Catering and at The Stand in Maxcy Hall.
  • FLEX can only be used towards purchases of goods from PACES Dining Services. 
  • FLEX provides maximum purchasing flexibility: FLEX credits can be used at any time during the semester.
  • FLEX does not rollover to the next semester, they must be used in the semester they were issued. Unused FLEX credits are nonrefundable.
  • FLEX can be added to an exisiting meal plan account at any Dining Services' register or on BearPAWS. 

Guest Passes (Available on all plans)

  • Guest passes allow you to purchase a meal for a guest or yourself and you can use multiple passes at one time
  • Guest Passes will be accepted at PACES locations where and when meals are accepted.
  • You may use multiple passes at one time, you can use one for yourself.
  • Guest Passes do not rollover to the next semester, they must be used in the semester they were issued. Unused Guest Passes are nonrefundable.
  • Passes have no other value.

You never have to "lose" or miss a meal with the PACES meal plans.

Here are some Tips for Managing your Meal Plan:

  1. Plan Ahead: You can use your Meal swipes at any time and as many meals as you want at one time.
  2. Meal swipes: Meal swipes must be used within the week in which they are allocated: it generally makes the most sense to use them first, for their full value.
  3. Get the Best Value: go to Lehman for your meals. Meal swipes are designed to be used at Lehman Dining Center, where you can have all you care to eat.
  4. Do the Math: When you use your meal swipe in Dining locations other than Lehman it has an all at once value of $6.50. Plan accordingly - don't use a meal allowance to purchase a single slice of pizza.
  5. Look for Meal Deals: Good value, no math to worry about! Look in areas that take allowances for value menus.
  6. Spend Your Flex: you've paid for them as part of your plan. Don't save them all for the end of the semester and then waste them on things you don't really need or be forced to forfeit them.
  7. Check Your Balances: You can check your balance at any register, or online at sunycard.potsdam.edu, or on BearPAWS. Refer to the Ideal Flex Balance/Proration Chart (PDF) table, to make sure you are on track for the semester.
  8. Prorated Meals: Most colleges build in and charge you for meals that they think you won't use (aka missed meal factor). PACES wants you to get what you paid for, so we take into account the three "short weeks" (opening week, fall/winter recess,spring break and final exam week). Check the Ideal Flex Balance/Proration Chart (PDF) for the amount of meals you will get per day during those times. You don't pay for what you can't use.

Terms & Conditions

  • Meal Plans are a contract between you and PACES and are regulated by NYS law.
  • You must present your Campus Card to the cashier to use your meal plan.
  • Meal Plans have three features: Meal Swipes, Flex Dining Credits (purchasing power equal to one dollar, but no cash value), and Guest Passes. Learn More about these features.
  • Meal Plans are non-transferable, are for the sole use of the student to whom the account is issued and for food in PACES Dining Service locations.
  • All students who live on campus are required to have a residential meal plan except students who have met their residency requirement AND live in Lehman apartments or Townhouse. * Meal plan selection is subject to review and audit by the Campus Card office. Students who are determined to be in contradiction with these terms will be defaulted to the 14Meal/500Flex Plan/5Guest.
  • Changes to Meal Plans must be made within seven days of the first day of classes on BearPAWS.
  • No refunds can be issued unless a student officially withdraws from the College. (Any refunds will be pro-rated and service charges may apply).
  • Plan balances do not "rollover" from one semester to another. At the end of the semester all plan balances are forfeited. Plan Balances and usage history may be checked online at sunycard.potsdam.edu.
  • Meals Plans are prorated during breaks. Refer to Pro Ration Schedule (PDF).
  • At the end of the fall semester, students will automatically be re-assigned their current meal plan option for the spring semester unless they select a different one on BearPaws.
  • You can make changes to your plan within seven days of the first day of classes on BearPAWS. No changes are allowed after that, even if you move off campus.
  • If you believe that you have special circumstances that necessitate a modification or release from your meal plan contract you may submit a Meal Plan Petition (PDF).
  • PACES is able to accommodate many individual diets and most medically necessitated food requirements are available (Gluten Free, vegan, vegetarian.) We do recognize, however, that there may be extenuating circumstance under which relief from the meal plan regulations may be appropriate. If you have a special medical condition that necessitates a modification or release from your meal plan contract you may submit a Meal Plan Petition (PDF). To be considered your diet must be required by a physician and your petition reviewed and signed by the SUNY Potsdam Dietician (Kimberly D. George, georgekd@potsdam.edu, (315) 267-2624). A letter must be attached that contains a detailed list of permissible and non-permissible foods.

Video Tutorials

How to Use a Meal Plan

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