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Meal Plans

Meal Plans, in accordance with College Housing policy, will not be adjusted for the Fall 2020 Semester. Due to the changes in the academic calendar in response to the pandemic, we have extended the meal plan to accommodate students who had to arrive in stages.

Also, as a reminder, our meal plans are very flexible and there is no missed meal factor. Students can use a meal swipe at any time in the week they are allotted. Your student can purchase grab and go items with a meal swipe to store in their room to maximize the value of the meal plan. Flex can be used at any time during the semester. This semester due to the pandemic a student does have the option to complete a Virtual semester, taking all classes online.

These are challenging times but PACES remains committed to providing the best service, quality and variety of foods at the best price to our students despite rising costs and decreased meal plan enrollments.

A meal plan is mandatory for residential students. Students who have fulfilled their Residency Requirement AND live in a Townhouse or Lehman Apartment are excluded. Meal plan options are based on the number of semesters lived on campus, including those who live in the Townhouses and Lehman apartments. First Year students must choose: 19MEAL SWIPES/100Flex/5GUEST PASSES or 14MEAL SWIPES/500Flex/5GUEST PASSES

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. Keep in  mind that there are approximately 110 days in the academic semester, so the number of meal swipes you choose to have available every week is an individual decision.

Residential Meal Plans are made up of a weekly allotment of meal swipes, a semester’s worth of flex spending, and five guest passes for use per semester.

  • Fall Meal plans begin with lunch on Thursday 8/27/20 and end after breakfast on Saturday 12/19/20
  • Spring Meal plans begin with breakfast on Saturday 1/23/21 and end after dinner on Saturday 5/22/21
  • Changes to Meal Plans must be made within seven days of start of classes on BearPAWS.

Meal swipes are allocated per week. A meal is one entry at Lehman Dining Center (for an all-you-care-to-eat meal) or an all at once value equivalent to $6.50 at select campus locations.

Flex is allocated per semester and can be used in any dining location at any time. Any unused balance expires when the meal plan ends at the close of the semester. Lehman Dining Center discounts its entry price by 20% when paid with FLEX.

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 assigned to the 14Meal/500Flex/5Guest Plan.

Meal Plan Options

2020 - 2021 Meal Plan Options

A meal plan is mandatory for residential students. Students who have fulfilled their Residency Requirement AND live in a Townhouse or Lehman Apartment are excluded. Meal plan options are based on the number of semesters lived on campus, including those wholive in the Townhouses and Lehman apartments. First Year students must choose: 19MEAL SWIPES/100Flex/5GUEST PASSES or 14MEAL SWIPES/500Flex/5GUEST PASSES

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.

Residential Meal Plans are made up of a weekly allotment of meal swipes, a semester’s worth of flex spending, and five guest passes for use per semester.

Meal swipes – Meal swipes reset every Sunday at 2am. PACES doesn’t use meal periods, so you can use your meal swipe at whatever time you want and as often in a day as you’d like during the week. A meal swipe is one entry to Lehman Dining Hall, our all you care to eat location or an all at once value of $6.50 at most other locations. Meals do not roll over from week to week. Unused meals cannot be credited or refunded.

Meal swipes are pro-rated when PACES operations are not open for the full week. These weeks include opening, closing, Thanksgiving, and Spring Break. Pro-rated means you will have a different allotment of weekly meal swipes based on how many days locations are open. The semester is approximately 16 weeks long and there are 110 “feeding days” during the semester.

Flex – is intended to be used for grab and go items, extra meals, beverages and snacks. Flex may be used at any of the on-campus dining facilities. Flex does not roll over from semester to semester. Unused flex cannot be credited or refunded. Money can be added to Flex at any time at any Dining Services' cash register, at the PACES/Card office in Merritt Hall, or online via BearPAWS.

Guest Passes – are extra meal swipes that can be used for yourself or to treat a friend. Passes are valid at PACES Dining Services' locations where and when meal swipes are accepted.

Residential Meal Plans

Red Square ImageBlue Circle ImageYellow Triangle PhotoGreen Hexagon Image$2,900- 19 Meal Swipes/100 Flex/5 Guest 

 

  • This plan is designed for the student that spends the majority of their time on campus.
  • It is an appropriate meal plan for those who use, on average, more than two meal swipes a day.
  • It will provide three meal swipes a day during the week and two meal swipes on weekends with less discretionary Flex spending.
  • Flex spending should average 90¢ per day, or $6.25 per week.

Red Square ImageBlue Circle ImageYellow Triangle PhotoGreen Hexagon Image$2,900- 14 Meal/500 Flex/5 Guest

  • This plan is designed for the student who eats most of their meals on campus.
  • Students will be enrolled in this plan if they do not choose to opt into one of the other plans.
  • This plan is very flexible and is suited to the student who enjoys eating two full meals and a snack every day. Flex spending should average $4.50 per day, or $31.25 per week.

Blue Circle ImageYellow Triangle PhotoGreen Hexagon Image$2,875-10 Meal/1000 Flex/5 Guest

  • This plan is designed for the student who eats most of their meals on campus.
  • It is an appropriate meal plan for those who use, on average, two meal swipes on weekdays.
  • This plan relies heavily on discretionary Flex spending, to purchase extra daily meals or snacks. Flex spending should average $9.00 per day, or $62.50 per week.

Blue Circle ImageYellow Triangle PhotoGreen Hexagon Image$2,625-9 Meal/750 Flex/5 Guest

  • This plan is designed for the student who lives on campus but is a light eater
  • It is an appropriate meal plan for those who use, on average, one meal swipe a day and occasionally eats two meals a day.
  • This plan is flexible and is suited to the student who will use Flex spending to purchase an extra meal or snacks throughout the week. Flex spending should average $6.90 per day or $46.80 per week.

Yellow Triangle PhotoGreen Hexagon Image$2,375 - 7 Meal/500 Flex/5 Guest

  • This plan is designed for the student who lives on campus but is a very light eater and snacker.
  • It is an appropriate meal plan for those who use, on average, one meal swipe a day on campus.
  • This plan is flexible and is suited to the student who will use Flex spending to purchase snacks throughout the week.
  • Flex spending should average $4.50 per day or $31.25 per week.

Commuter Plans

To be eligible for these plans a student must:

  • Live off campus
  • Have met the residency requirement AND live in a Townhouse or Lehman Apartment.

Green Hexagon Image$500- 50 Block/100 Flex/5 Guest

  • 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 for use at any of our dining units. Ideal usage of Flex spending per week is$6.25.
  • 5 Guest Passes. Passes are equal to a meal swipe 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$1,500 – 1500 Flex/1 Guest

  • 1500 Flex for use at any of our dining units. Ideal usage of Flex spending per week is $93.75.

Green Hexagon Image$1,000 - 1000 Flex/1 Guest

  • 1000 Flex for use at any of our dining units. Ideal usage of Flex spending per week is $62.50.

Green Hexagon Image$500 - 500 Flex/1 Guest

  • 500 Flex for use at any of our dining units. Ideal usage of Flex spending per week is $31.25.

Green Hexagon Image$300 – 300 Flex/1 Guest

  • 300 Flex for use at any of our dining units. Ideal usage of Flex spending per week is $18.75.

View 2019-2020 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 and Becky's Place at lunch (10:45 a.m. - 2 p.m.).
  • Meal swipes are issued weekly you may use as many in a given day as you wish. Meal swipes must be used in the week they are issued; they do not roll over and reset every Sunday at 2 a.m.
  • Meal swipes are pro-rated when PACES operations are not open for the full week. These weeks include opening, closing, Thanksgiving, and Spring Break.

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 existing 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 meal swipes 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:

  • Plan Ahead: You can use your Meal swipes at any time and as many meals as you want at one time.
  • 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.
  • Get the Best Value: go to Lehman for your meals. Meal swipes are designed to be used at Lehman Dining Center, where you can eat as much or as little as you care to.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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), to make sure you are on track for the semester.
  • 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 short weeks (opening weeks, Thanksgiving, and Spring break week.) Check the Ideal Flex Balance/Proration Chart (PDF) for the amount of meals you will get during those times.

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 (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).

Video Tutorials

How to Use a Meal Plan

Meal Plan Selection