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Meal Plan Requirements

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  • Why are new students required to be on an unlimited plan?

    New students are going through a transition living away from home for the first time, making new friends, deciding on their book buying options and learning to manage their time with classes, homework and social activities. When new students are on a plan with “unlimited meals” they don’t have to worry about budgeting Dining Dollars.

  • Why are upperclassmen still required to have a meal plan?

    Any student living in a residence hall which is not a “cooking building” is required to select one of the resident meal plans offered by Campus Dining. This requirement has been in place for many years and it was established to avoid health and safety issues in the residence halls.

    The safety of our students is our number one concern. If students don’t have access to a proper dining facility, they may rely on cooking appliances in their residence hall rooms to prepare their meals. These appliances have been demonstrated to be fire hazards as they can overheat and cause fires, endangering the lives of our students.

    Another main concern is sanitation. We would like students to live in the utmost sanitary conditions at the residence halls. The residence hall rooms do not have adequate facilities to prepare food in sanitary conditions and allow for proper cleanup which may cause the presence of vermin as well as create insect infestations.

    Although many buildings present cooking areas, these are meant for light cooking and are not fitted to withstand high traffic.

  • What is the default plan for resident students (new or returning)?

    If you are  a resident student in your first or second semester at Stony Brook and you do not  select a meal plan,  you will be placed on the  Wolfie Standard Plan.  If you are a returning student who has been at Stony Brook for two or more semesters and live in a non "cooking building" and you do not  select a meal plan, you will automatically be placed on the  Wolfie Standard Plan.

    If you would like to change your meal plan, you can easily change it on the website prior to arrival to campus. If you request a change after the start of classes, meal plan changes will take effect on the Friday of the request week. Students will be charged for their current meal plan until the meal plan change goes into effect. Once the meal plan is changed, the amount billed to the student account is prorated for the current plan and the remaining weeks on the new plan.

    You can  upgrade your meal plan  or  add Dining Dollars   anytime during the semester .  Downgrades can only be made  during the first 2 weeks of the semester.

    The charge will be posted to your Student Account (able to be viewed in  SOLAR under Student Financial Services).

  • New students (freshmen and transfers) are required to get a non-declining balance meal plan, but what about commuters?

    Commuters are not required to be on a meal plan, but can choose from any resident plan, as well as, a variety of plans designed especially for them.

    View and sign up for a Commuter / Apartment Meal Plan.

  • Do I have to select a meal plan every semester?

    No, you will be placed on the same plan you selected in the Fall. All meal plans selected are ANNUAL (Fall and Spring) agreements. Changes and cancellations must be made in writing to the FSA Services Office at