Messiah University's response to COVID-19

Messiah is in session this fall with flexible in-person and remote learning options, health and safety protocols and student care and support.

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Student Meal Plan

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We are offering the Dining Dollars meal plan and three Ala Carte meal plans for the 2020-2021 academic year. The Dining Dollars meal plan is required for all students living in traditional housing. The Ala Carte meal plans are designed for students who are living in campus apartments, satellite housing, or are commuting. For those eligible to select the ala carte plan, you may choose from three levels:  Bronze, Silver or Gold. If you are a commuter, please view the last tab on this page for your options. You may make your selection in The Nest or contact Dining Services at dining@messiah.edu.

Please click on a question for information regarding the meal plan:

Students living in traditional housing (dorm residence) are required to purchase the meal plan. Students who commute, live in apartments or satellite housing will have the option to purchase the Dining Dollars meal plan or the Ala Carte plan via The Nest on the Messiah University Portal. If they choose to not purchase a meal plan, they have the option to put Falcon Dollars on their ID card or pay with cash or credit card.

The Dining Dollars meal plan has two components associated with it: the Dining Services Operations Charge and a declining balance account named Dining Dollars. The Operations Charge covers the primary operational costs for Dining Services and the college. The Dining Dollars portion is used to make actual meal purchases each day in our restaurants. With the meal plan, you receive a 52% discount on purchases in the Lottie Nelson Dining Hall, and a 30% discount in the Union Café, The Falcon, Café Diem, Café @ Winding Hill and the Falcon Hut. (The discount does not include vending machine purchases. There is a $50 Dining Dollars spend limit per semester for use in the vending machines.)

Due to COVID-19 this year, Dining Dollars account balances of up to $200 will carry over from fall semester to the spring semester.  At the end of the academic year, a maximum of $400 remaining Dining Dollars ($200 per semester) will be transferred and credited to the student's billing account.  In the case where a housing adjustment is made at the end of the fall semester that would no longer require a student to have the meal plan for the spring semester, up to $200 (fall semester only) Dining Dollars will be transferred and credited to the student's billing account after the fall semester.

2020-2021 Meal Plan FAQ Sheet

Ala Carte: 

No 

Dining Dollars:  

Yes

$1,525/semester
(2020-2021 rate)

Ala Carte:

Bronze - $500/semester
Silver - $750/semester
Gold - $1000/semester

Dining Dollars:

$2,550/semester 2020-2021
(Amount includes operations charge)

Ala Carte:

Bronze - $525/semester 
Silver - $785/semester
Gold - $1050/semester

Dining Dollars:  

$1025 Dining Dollars/semester 2020-2021

Ala Carte:

Any Messiah University student who is living in a Campus Apartment, Satellite Housing or is a Commuter

Dining Dollars:

All students are eligible. Those in Traditional Housing are required to purchase the Dining Dollars meal plan.

Ala Carte:

No 

Dining Dollars:

Yes:

  • 52% discount in Lottie Nelson Dining Hall
  • 30% discount in all other campus restaurants

Ala Carte:

  • Lottie Nelson Dining Hall
  • Union Café
  • The Falcon
  • Café Diem
  • Falcon Hut
  • Café @ Winding Hill
  • Vending

Dining Dollars:

  • Lottie Nelson Dining Hall
  • Union Café
  • The Falcon
  • Café Diem
  • Falcon Hut
  • Café @ Winding Hill
  • Vending - discount does not apply

Ala Carte:

No; a new meal plan may be purchased 

Dining Dollars:

Yes; Dining Dollars may be added at the Falcon Exchange Office or through the VTS machines

Ala Carte:

 No

Dining Dollars:  

Due to COVID-19, a Dining Dollars account balance of up to $200 for the fall semester during the 2020-2021 academic year will be credited to the student's account for the spring semester. Any remaining Dining Dollars up to $200 remaining from the spring semester will be credited to the student's account.

Ala Carte:

Balances can be found on receipts, The Nest or at the Falcon Exchange

Dining Dollars:  

Balances can be found on receipts, The Nest or at the Falcon Exchange

Ala Carte:

Yes; funds are not activated for use until the student is in registered status 

Dining Dollars:  

Yes; funds are not activated for use until the student is in registered status 

Yes; we offer vaious levels of the Commuter Meal Plan.  Receive a 10% discount on all dining purchases. 
Select from three levels:

  • $150 Commuter Meal Plan
  • $200 Commuter Meal Plan
  • $300 commuter Meal Plan

Make your selection on The Nest prior to the semester.  After the semester has started, please contact the dining office at dining@messiah.edu.

Additional Information:

For more information:  2020-2021 Meal Plan FAQ Sheet
New information regarding: 2020-2021 Lottie Nelson Pricing
Cancellation/Agreement Adjustments:  2020-2021 Meal Plan Agreement Form