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Am I required to participate in a Fordham Meal Plan?
All freshman students who are living in McKeon Hall are required to have a meal plan.

All mandatory resident students will be billed $4,135 from our Default Ram Unlimited Plan through the University and DO NOT need to purchase on our dining site. You have the choice to choose between the following plans allotting meal swipes and declining cash balance to best suit your needs.

Ram Plus ($4,295): Unlimited Meal Swipes + $850 DB

Ram Unlimited ($4,135): Unlimited Meal Swipes + $650 DB (Default)

Weekly 14 ($3,670): 14 Meal Swipes per week + $500 DB

If upperclassmen, off-campus, or commuter students, are looking for smaller plan options, our block plans are a great solution. Block plans provide a certain number of meals that can be used throughout the academic year.

Block 150 ($1,781): 150 Meal Swipes + $400 DB

Block 100 Plus ($1,580): 100 Meal Swipes + $400 DB

Block 100 ($938.00): 100 Meal Swipes + $200 DB

Please visit us at https://fordham.campusdish.com/RoseHill_MealPlans for a description of our meal plans and purchasing options.

Are meal plans refundable?

All voluntary meal plans are not refundable. Students with mandatory meal plans have an evaluation period of two weeks after the start of each semester to make an adjustment to their meal plan to best suit their individual needs.

How and when can I make a change to my meal plan?

Mandatory students have an evaluation grace period of two weeks after the start of each semester to make an adjustment to their meal plan to best suit their individual needs. They can make edits/changes to their chosen plan by reaching out to the meal plan specialist Tawana Shaird (shaird@fordham.edu) with their full name, student ID number, and the new mandatory plan option they would like to select.

Please note, during the first two weeks of the semester $100.00 of Declining Balance dollars are posted to the student's account. After the two-week meal plan change window ends, the full amount of their Declining Balance Dollars will be available.

Where can I use my meal swipes at Lincoln Center?

Meal swipes are accepted at Community Dining Hall You can also exchange meal swipes for a predetermined meal option with our meal exchange program at various retail locations.

Is there a limit on how many times I can use my meal swipe per day?
No, there is no limit on the amount of swipes used a day at Community Dining Hall or select retail locations if on a block plan. You are free to use a swipe as many times as you would like per day, but each new entry deducts a meal swipe from your balance if you are on a block plan.

Please note retail meal exchange swipes for the Unlimited Plans are limited to 14 meal swipes per week.

What is meal exchange and where can I use it at the Lincoln Center campus?
To add even more flexibility to your meal plan at the Lincoln Center campus, meal plan holders are able to use their meal plan at all retail locations for predetermined meal options. Exchange options vary by location and may not be substituted for any other item.

Can I treat my family/friend to a meal in the dining hall?
Yes, you can treat a friend or family member to a meal by using a guest meal swipe or dining dollars.

What are Declining Balance Dollars?
Declining Balance Dollars (DB), is similar to a debit account, where one begins with a certain amount of money and deducts purchases from the balance. You can use your declining balance dollars at any of the Fordham University retail dining locations and resident dining halls.

What if I don’t use all my meal swipes or Dining Dollars?

For the following meal plans: (Ram Plus, Ram Unlimited, and Weekly 15) all unused meal swipes expire at the end of each academic semester

Commuter block meal plans: (Block 150, Block 100, and Block 50) are valid for the entire academic year.

Dining Dollars are carried over from the fall to the spring semester. All unused dining dollars are forfeited at the end of the academic year.

What should I do if I run out of Dining Dollars before the semester ends?
You may deposit additional funds to your “declining balance” account at any time during the semester by visiting the meal plan portal.

Is there a fee associated with reloading Dining Dollars and is there a minimum amount I have to reload?
There is no fee to reload your Dining Dollars, and no minimum.

Is the DB dollar equivalent to $1 USD?

Yes, $1 DB = $1 USD.

How can I check my balance, swipes and Dining Dollars?
You can check the balance of your swipes and dining dollars during the academic school year in a few ways:

  • By creating/logging into the Grubhub for mobile campus app.
  • Request a balance check paper from any cashier and dining location.

As a returning student, when do I sign up for next year’s meal plan?
For returning Lincoln Center students, meal plan selection information is included with the housing information in the spring. You may also purchase a meal plan by visiting the meal plan portal.

For students with special dietary requirements, are you able to provide meals to meet his or her dietary needs?
Yes, our staff is happy to accommodate students with special dietary needs. If you have special dietary needs, our on-campus Registered Dietitian will meet with you to discuss our menu and to accommodate special arrangements if needed. The Registered Dietitian can be reached at RamHealth@fordham.edu.

Who do I contact if I have questions about the meal plan?
Contact Tawana Shaird via email at shaird-tawana@aramark.com or our General Manager, Gregory Bienkowski, via email at bienkowski-gregory@aramark.com.

Does the meal plan come with guest passes?

The Ram Plus plan comes with 8 guest passes.
The Ram Unlimited plan comes with 8 guest passes.
The Weekly 15 plan comes with 4 guest passes
The Block Plans come with 0 guest passes.

Is there a minimum for credit card purchases?