Welcome to the New PLU Meal Plan!

We’re excited to announce newly redesigned meal plans. Structured to give you the maximum amount of variety and flexibility, the new meal plans are Dining Dollar only plans. As we continue to navigate life with COVID-19, we are actively planning for the 2020-21 academic year. Some of the defining factors of an all-you-care-to-eat meal plan don’t allow for the levels of food safety and personal distancing we know will be in place. The new Dining Dollar only plans will allow for flexible dining schedules to meet your needs. We are working on expanded menus, delivery options, to go meals and meal kit offerings to provide even more variety and flexibility.

Campus Restaurant Closures

Campus Restaurants will be run minimal hours or be shut down during Thanksgiving, Christmas, J-Term and Spring Breaks.

These specific dates are determined by the current PLU academic calendar.

Meal Plan Questions?

Email: mealplan@plu.edu

How Your Meal Plan Works

When you purchase your meal plan, funds are loaded onto your LuteCard. The Residential Meal Plan is a declining balance plan. Like a debit account, Dining Dollars in your meal plan account are deducted when you make food purchases. To make a purchase, swipe your LuteCard at a cash register. Every food item has an individual price. Dining is not “all you care to eat” and there are no pre-set numbers of meals allotted to each student. Meal plans are non-transferable.

With the exception of Stuen and South Hall residents, students with an active housing assignment must enroll in one of the following four meal plans: A, B, C or D. Stuen residents must enroll in one of the following five plans: A, B, C, D or E. South Hall residents and commuter students may purchase a meal plan, but it is not required. They are encouraged to purchase Dining Dollars which can be added in any increment and are not subject to sales tax.

Note: Students not participating in a meal plan with a Residential Overhead fee do not get the discount. However, all Dining Dollar purchases are tax exempt.


This plan is intended for the student that will spend the majority of their time on campus. It is great for students who eat three meals a day, enjoy a snack and possibly eat a big breakfast most days.
SemesterDining DollarsOverhead Cost*Semester Cost
Annual Total:$6300


This is the default plan for students with a housing assignment other than South Hall. This plan is designed for the student who eats most of their meals on campus. You will be enrolled in this plan if you do not choose to opt into one of the other plans.
SemesterDining DollarsOverhead Cost*Semester Cost
Annual Total:$5980


This plan is sufficient for many students who might be termed "middle of the road" eaters. Someone who likes to come in regularly, but doesn't eat every breakfast and lunch on campus.
SemesterDining DollarsOverhead Cost*Semester Cost
Annual Total:$5745


This plan is designed for the light eater who may enjoy smaller quantities or who may only eat about half of their breakfast & lunches on campus.
SemesterDining DollarsOverhead Cost*Semester Cost
Annual Total:$4945


Stuen, South Hall and Off-Campus Meal Plans
This meal plan is designed for students residing in Stuen, South Hall or off-campus. Having a meal plan makes it easy to nurture connections on campus and socialize with friends. Being a student is complicated — don’t worry about your student’s next meal, we have a variety of healthy options waiting.
SemesterDining DollarsOverhead Cost*Semester Cost
Annual Total:$1280

Residential Overhead Cost*

In order to maintain financial stability for Hospitality Services & Campus Restaurants and to give students the flexibility of meal plan choices and value, Meal Plans A, B, C and D  are a combination of an overhead payment and Dining Dollars. Residential Overhead is a critical up front payment that covers a portion of fixed costs. The overhead payment contributes to the operational business costs to maintain and operate our dining facilities on campus. These funds cover costs such as: staff and student salaries, utilities, supplies, repairs and capital expenses. The overhead allows us to budget more effectively, thus passing a higher savings on to the students. 

There is no food credit value to the overhead fee. Residential Overhead for future dates is refundable up to the 14th week of the semester when a meal plan is cancelled by officially; cancelling housing, cancelling meal plan online or withdrawal from the university.  There are no Residential Overhead refunds for past days.

Residential Plan Discounts

Students participating in Residential Meal plans and contributing to the Residential Overhead (A, B, C and D) will receive the following discounts when making purchases with Dining Dollars:

25% Discount in the Commons 

10% Discount in OMM

10% Discount in Kelley Cafe

10% Discount in Lute Cafe 

You must have your LuteCard with you when you make food purchases from your meal plan, if you don’t have it you will be asked to pay cash, credit or debit and will not receive a discount. Note: Students not participating in a meal plan with a Residential Overhead do not get a discount. However, all Dining Dollar purchases are tax exempt.

About Dining Dollars

Dining Dollars are exempt from State Sales Tax and are accepted at  all Campus Restaurants. They may be used for food purchases only. You can add tax exempt Dining Dollars through the GET app ($2.75 fee), online (charge to student account) or at Old Main Market.

Your Dining Dollar balance carries over from Fall to Spring and expires the last day of Spring term. Be sure to budget your Dining Dollars to make sure they last through the semester. Here is a helpful chart to help with week to week balance checking. 

Meal Plan Periods per Semester

Fall: September 4, 2020 to December 18, 2020
15 Weeks
(deadline to change is 5pm September 3)

J-Term: January 3, 2021 to January 29, 2021
4 Weeks
(deadline to change is 5pm January 2)

Spring: February 7, 2021 to May 28, 2021
16 Weeks
(deadline to change is 5pm February 6)