UAB MEAL PLAN AND DECLINING BALANCE ACCOUNT POLICY


Meal Plan Exemption Form      Dining Dollar Exemption Form

2013-2014 Meal Plans & Rates

Plan

Number of Meals per Week (average)

Number of Meals per Semester

Cost per Semester

1

15

233

$1,765

2

12

186

$1,615

3

10

150

$1,037

4

7

108

$770

5

5

78

$584

6

3

47

$360

7

 

16

$146


Meal Plans

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) policy requires that students living on campus or under a UAB contract with an off-campus property during fall and spring semesters purchase meal plans with the following options:

Freshmen may purchase either plan 1 or plan 2.

“Freshmen” are defined as first-year students who reside on campus and meet the following criteria:

  • Graduated high school within the last 4 academic years
  • Entered UAB with less than 12 credit hours taken at another university after high school graduation
  • Have not attended UAB during a previous academic year, excluding the summer term immediately preceding the academic year in question

Freshmen who move into on-campus housing mid-semester will be given the option of purchasing a smaller meal plan for the current semester only, based on the following scale:

  • 80 or less days left in the semester – Plan 4 (108 meal plan)
  • 50 or less days left in the semester – Plan 5 (78 meal plan)
  • 30 or less days left in the semester – Plan 6 (47 meal plan)

Non-freshmen living on campus may purchase one of plans 1 through 7.

Enrolled students not residing on campus may elect to purchase any one of the above meal plans during fall and spring semesters.

Campus Dining Fee

UAB policy requires that the following students be assessed a $225 Campus Dining Fee during fall and spring semesters:

  • Students living on campus or under a UAB contract with an off-campus property
  • All undergraduate students taking twelve (12) or more credit hours who do not reside on campus

Campus Dining Fee funds will be accessed through student CampusCard Dining Dollars accounts.

Enrolled students not assessed the Campus Dining Fee may elect to add $225 to their Dining Dollars account during fall and spring semesters.

Meal Plan Selection/Assignment

Pre-registered students may make meal plan selections beginning June 1 for fall semester and November 1 for spring semester.

The deadline for selecting meal plans is July 15 for fall semester and December 15 for spring semester. Students who are required to purchase a meal plan but do not select a plan by the deadline will be assigned the minimum required meal plan. 

Meal Plan and Campus Dining Fee Charges and Payments

Meal plan and Campus Dining Fee charges for enrolled and pre-registered students will be posted to the student’s account a minimum of ten days prior to the first published payment deadline.

Meal Plans
Meals associated with selected plans will be available for student use beginning move-in day for fall semester and the first day of class for spring semester.

Payments for meal plans may be made to the Student Accounting Office (HUC 322), or online through BlazerNET. Payment deadlines for meal plans are the same as published tuition payment deadlines.

Campus Dining Fee  
Campus Dining Fee funds will be available for student use beginning move-in day for fall semester and the first day of class for spring semester.

Campus Dining fee payments may be made to the Student Accounting Office (HUC 322), or online through BlazerNET. Payment deadlines for the Campus Dining Fee are the same as published tuition payment deadlines.

Campus Dining Locations

Dining Dollars and BlazerBucks may be used in all Sodexo-managed campus dining facilities. These include the Commons on the Green, the Diner, Starbucks in Sterne Library, Einstein Bros Bagels in the Learning Resource Center, RECFreshment Zone in the Campus Recreation Center, ZeBi in the Business and Engineering Complex, World of Wings, the C-Store in Camp Hall, local food trucks while they are on campus outside of Heritage Hall and Simply to Go in Volker Hall and Campbell Call. Meal plans may be used only in the Commons on the Green, the Diner, ZeBi, World of Wings and food trucks.

The Commons will provide all-you-care-to-eat service during all hours of operation.

CampusCard Account Roll Over Options

Meals
At the conclusion of fall semester, 50% of unused meals will roll over into the spring semester and be added to student meal plan accounts. At the conclusion of spring semester, any unused meals and implied dollar value remaining from that academic year will expire.
 
Dining Dollars
Funds in student Dining Dollars accounts will roll over through all three terms included in one academic year (i.e. fall to spring to summer). After the last class day of summer semester, 25% of any remaining balance in student Dining Dollars accounts will be converted to BlazerBucks.  

BlazerBucks
BlazerBucks balances roll over continuously from year to year - see refund information below.

Meal Plan Transfers

Meal plans are non- transferable.

BlazerBucks

BlazerBucks is a declining balance account that can be used anywhere the UAB CampusCard is accepted (e.g. Barnes & Noble @ UAB, participating off-campus bookstores, etc). Cardholders may deposit funds into BlazerBucks accounts at any time in the CampusCard Office via credit/debit card or check, online at www.uab.edu/campuscard via credit/debit card, or through a BlazerBucks Value Transfer Station, located in the CampusCard Office and Sterne and Lister Hill Libraries by the circulation desks, via credit/debit card or cash. Cash withdrawals from a cardholder’s CampusCard debit account(s) are not permitted. Transfers of funds between CampusCard debit accounts are prohibited.

Mandatory Dining Exemption

Meal Plans:
Campus resident students with dietary restrictions due to a disability or medical condition or with dietary restrictions based on religious practices may apply for exemption from mandatory meal plan participation. In order to qualify for an exemption, students must submit a Meal Plan Exemption Request Form and all required documentation to the Director for Academic and Student Service Operations no later than the last day to add a class. Exemption Request Forms can be picked up or requested by email from the following departments: One Stop Student Services – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , CampusCard - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Campus Restaurants – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , and Disability Support Services – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . After that point, mandatory meal plan charges will not be removed from the student account unless the student is approved for withdrawal from the University by the UAB Office of Enrollment Management.

Campus residents who are approved for meal plan exemption will still be subject to the mandatory Campus Dining Fee unless they apply and are approved for Dining Fee exemption. Students must re-apply for exemption prior to the beginning of each subsequent academic year.

Campus Dining Fee:
Campus resident students and all undergraduate students taking twelve (12) or more credit hours who do not reside on campus with dietary restrictions due to a disability or medical condition or with dietary restrictions based on religious practices may apply for exemption from the Campus Dining Fee. In order to qualify for an exemption, students must submit a Campus Dining Fee Exemption Request Form and all required documentation to the Director for Academic and Student Service Operations no later than the last day to add a class. Exemption Request Forms can be picked up or requested by email from the following departments: One Stop Student Services – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , CampusCard - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Campus Restaurants – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , and Disability Support Services – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . After that point, mandatory meal plan charges will not be removed from the student account unless the student is approved for withdrawal from the University by the UAB Office of Enrollment Management.
 

Campus residents who are approved for Dining Fee exemption will still be required to purchase a meal plan unless they apply and are approved for meal plan exemption. Students must re-apply for exemption prior to the beginning of each subsequent academic year.

Refunds/Cancellations

Meal Plans
Refunds of any unused meal plan balances will be available until the last day to add a class if a student 1) selected a non-mandatory meal plan, 2) no longer meets mandatory meal plan requirements, or 3) withdraws from the University.
 

After the last day to add a class, refunds of unused meal plan balances will be allowed only for students who are approved for withdrawal by the UAB Office of Enrollment Management (e.g. military leave, medical withdrawal, etc.) Refunds based on approval by the Office of Enrollment Management must be requested within one year of the student’s withdrawal from the University; after that time, unused meal plan balances become non-refundable.

The University reserves the right to cancel meal plans for students who violate any academic or non-academic policies that result in disciplinary actions. Unused meals resulting from the cancellation of a meal plan by the University will not be refunded.

Dining Dollars
Refunds of any unused Dining Dollars balance from the current semester will be available until the last day to add a class if a student 1) no longer meets mandatory Dining Fee requirements, or 2) withdraws from the University.
 

After the last day to add a class, refunds of unused Dining Dollar balances from that semester will be allowed only for students who are approved for withdrawal by the UAB Office of Enrollment Management (e.g. military leave, medical withdrawal, etc.) Refunds based on approval by the Office of Enrollment Management must be requested within one year of the student’s withdrawal from the University; after that time, unused Dining Dollars balances become non-refundable.

The University reserves the right to cancel Dining Dollars accounts for students who violate any academic or non-academic policies that result in disciplinary actions. Unused funds resulting from the cancellation of a Dining Dollars account by the University will not be refunded.

BlazerBucks

Refund requests for unused BlazerBucks funds are accepted only after the cardholder leaves the University. Balances less than $25 are nonrefundable and will be retained by the University. There is no maximum refund of BlazerBucks. Refund requests must be made within twelve months of the cardholder’s withdrawal from the University.

Refunds are processed only by request of the cardholder. Cardholders may request refunds by submitting a CampusCard Debit Account Refund Form online at www.uab.edu/campuscard.

Transfers to Student Accounts

If a refund request is approved and there is an outstanding balance on the cardholder’s student account, the refund may be transferred to Student Accounting to be credited against the outstanding balance.

If a refund request is approved and the student account is paid in full, a refund check for any remaining reimbursable funds will be forwarded to the address provided by the cardholder on the request form.

Refund credits are not effective until approved by the University. If cardholders do not have a student account, the refund check will be forwarded to the address provided by the cardholder. No cash refunds will be authorized.

Inactive Accounts

Balances will be forfeited for cardholder debit accounts that remain inactive for a twelve-month consecutive period with no refund request received by the CampusCard Office.