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Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I use my meal plan?

Check out all of our campus dining locations here.

What kind of meal plan are available?

Find information about our available meal plans here.

Are there off-campus options for me to use my meal plan?

Off-campus options are not a part of our meal plan because we want to maximize the convenience and value of eating on campus.

How can I check my meal plan balance?

There are a number of options to check your meal plan balance! They include:


  • Check your balance at the register of any campus dining location.
  • View your balance on DataVU at
  • Check your balance at any P.H.I.L stations (Payment Headquarters in Location — located on the second floor of the Harre Union).
  • Check your balance in the OneCard Office.
  • Email

Where can I purchase additional meal plan money if I run out?

  • Click here for a step-by-step guide for adding a meal plan, changing a meal plan or adding dining dollars.
  • Money may also be added to all meal plans in $1 increments through the DataVU Student Menu — Housing/Meal Plan Self-Service.
  • All additions to your meal plan, which are initiated by you online, will be updated to your OneCard every hour on the odd hour.

Are there any important dates around the meal plan program?

Meal plans will be active per semester. Any meal plan dates where the program would be unavailable will be communicated to the community in advance of any adjustments to the program.

Can I choose a plan? What are the meal plan requirements?

Valparaiso University is residential by design. Living on campus represents an integral component of the mission of the institution by providing living and learning experiences, which lead to a student’s growth and development, and an enhancement of one’s total education at Valpo. Because residency is such an important aspect of the Valpo experience, Valparaiso University has a three-year residency requirement. All undergraduate students should expect to reside in campus housing for six (6) semesters. Meal Plans are assigned based on numbers of semester living on campus.

Do meal plans carry over from fall to spring? Is there a limit on how much carries over?

All meal plans and unused dining dollars will expire at the end of each semester.

Are commuter students able to buy a meal plan?

Yes, Commuter students can purchase the 50 Block Meal Plan with $50 Declining Balance for $425. Additional Declining Balance can be added with a 10% bonus: $550 for $500 or $330 for $300!

Will there still be Crusader Cash?

Yes, students will be able to use their Crusader Cash in the dining locations.

How do the new meal plans work with campus guests?

We will have a standard door rate for the Founder’s Dining Room. $7.50 Breakfast, Lunch $9 and $11 for dinner.All other dining venues will be open for purchases by campus guests with cash or credit card payments.

How do the new meal plans impact training table? What are the plans for student athletes?

With the new All-You-Care-To-Eat system in Founders, there is no longer a need for a traditional training table. Our Open Access Plan will allow student athletes to take advantage of the dining program at their discretion – eat as often as you want, whenever you want within service hours. Our chefs are trained to offer menu selections to meet the needs of student athletes, including clean proteins and the appropriate balance of carbs and fats. We look forward to forging a partnership with the Department of Athletics, coaches, and student athletes.

Will there be expanded Vegan, Vegetarian, Gluten-Friendly options?

The new Clean Plate station in Founders will be a chef-attended, service oriented destination serving hot entrees and sides that are free of the eight most common allergens as identified by the FDA (milk, eggs, shellfish, fish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat, and soy). Additionally, all food prepared and served from Clean Plate will not contain gluten. The station will operate independently and will have its own dedicated holding system, cooking equipment and specially-marked purple utensils to avoid cross-contamination. Team members working this station will have special training by our third-party food allergen training partner, Kitchens with Confidence™, to certify that our Clean Plate stations are safe for guests with food allergies. In addition to daily specials, we will be able to customize meals for our students with special dietary concerns. The goal of Clean Plate is to provide the Valpo community with delicious, allergen conscious dishes. No student with special dietary needs should feel alienated by what they cannot eat. At Clean Plate, those students, and even those without food concerns, will be excited about dining with their friends in Founders. Additionally, we’ll offer a selection of Clean Plate On the Go! items in Campus Café and Grinders, because our guests with special dietary needs should have access to delicious, fresh, portable options, too! They’ll be made at our Clean Plate stations, merchandised daily with the traditional grab-and-go offerings, and clearly marked.

Additionally, for our guests who identify as vegan or vegetarian or simply are looking to eat a more plant-centric diet, we will offer the V2 Vegan and Vegetarian kitchen. Every day in Founders, guests will be able to choose from a selection of delicious, satisfying and well-balanced vegetarian and vegan dishes ranging from wild mushroom strudel, lentil and vegetable biryani, vegetable paella, seitan gumbo and roasted asparagus, or spinach fajitas.

What are the various Valparaiso Dining facilities?

Check out all of our campus dining locations  here.

What forms of payment are accepted at the dining venues on campus?

Cash, Credit (Visa, MasterCard and Discover), Dining Dollars, Meal Plan blocks, and Crusader Cash.

Can students and student-organizations partner with dining services to collect donated meal plan dollars?

Please contact the dining office at

Where do I direct general questions, concerns, and ideas about the dining program?

Please submit questions, concerns, and ideas to: