Meal Plans

Below is a summary of the dining plans available to students for the 2015-16 Academic Year

AY 2015-2016 Meal Plan Options

All students are required to have at least their respective minimum qualifying meal plan.

PLEASE NOTE: The Class of 2016 may select from among any of the plans listed, regardless of their housing arrangements.
PLEASE NOTE: The Class of 2019 will automatically be provided with a 20-Meals-Per-Week plan.

Students must contact the Student Accounts Office ( or 610-330-5145) no later than February 05, 2016 to change their meal plan for the Spring 2016 semester.


Unlimited Carte Blanche Meal Plan:

This plan provides unlimited access to either of the all-you-care-to-eat restaurants on campus (Marquis and Upper Farinon Dining Halls).  Students on the Carte Blanche meal plan have the ability to revisit these dining halls for a meal, a snack, or a beverage unlimited times while the dining halls are open. The meal allocation on the Unlimited Carte Blanche plan cannot be used at any of the other dining venues on campus.

The 20, 14 and 7 Meals-Per-Week Plans:

Each of these meal plans allow a student to access either of the all-you-care-to-eat campus dining halls and at locations offering Meal Exchange for a specified number of times each week. Meals must be eaten during the designated week; meals do not carry forward from week to week or semester to semester. The meal plan week is defined as Saturday through Friday. One meal per designated meal period may be used. There are four meal periods on most Mondays through Saturdays when the meal plan is in effect. Those periods are:

  • Breakfast-between 7:00 a.m. and 10:59 a.m.
  • Lunch-between 11:00 a.m. and 4:29 p.m.
  • Dinner-from 4:30 p.m. until 8:59 p.m.
  • Late Night-from 9:00 p.m. until closing

Three meal periods are offered on Sundays. They are:

  • Brunch-between 11:00 a.m. and 4:29 p.m.
  • Dinner-from 4:30 p.m. until 8:59 p.m.
  • Late Night-from 9:00 p.m. until closing


Flex Dollars Only Plan

Flex Card is a pre-paid declining cash balance account that is accessible using the Lafayette ID card at any of the dining venues on-campus. Flex Dollars cannot be used at any off-campus dining venues. The minimum allotment of Flex Dollars that come as the Flex Dollars Only dining plan are non-refundable and must be used during the course of the designated semester or they will be forfeited.

Pard Card Dollars

Pard Card is a pre-paid declining cash balance account that is accessible using the Lafayette ID card. Pard Card dollars can be used at any on-campus dining venue or at select, local merchants. All meal plans include a small increment of Pard Card Dollars. These included Pard Card dollars are non-refundable and do not roll over from semester-to-semester. Any non-mandatory (additional) unused Pard Card dollars will roll over from semester-to-semester and year-to-year. Upon graduation or upon request at the end of the academic year, non-mandatory (additional) Pard Card be refunded.

Guest Meals

When family or friends visit, students are invited to bring them to a meal in one of the College’s all-you-care-to-eat restaurants. All meal plans include an allotment of meals to facilitate your dining with your non-student guests. Guest meals do not carry over from semester to semester.

Meal Exchange

Subscribers to the 20, 14, or 7 Meals per Week Plans have the flexibility to use a meal allotment for a “meal exchange” at one of the retail dining venues on campus. A designated meal exchange will typically include an entree, a beverage, and one or two sides (e.g., a piece of fruit, a small bag of chips, a brownie or a rice krispie treat). Select entrees are not available on meal exchange and meal exchange options are limited during breakfast in some units. During times the meal plan is in effect, meal exchanges are available at the locations and meal times listed below (subject to the operating hours of each facility):

  • Lower Farinon: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
  • Gilbert’s Café: Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night
  • Simon’s Café: Dinner, Late Night


Having Trouble Selecting a Meal Plan?

Stumped on which meal plan might be best for you? For more information on any aspect of the dining services on campus, call one of our Dining Service representatives at (610) 330-5894.

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