Meal Plan Exemption Form Dining Dollar Exemption Form

UAB MEAL PLAN AND DECLINING BALANCE ACCOUNT POLICY
Updated May 14, 2014



Fall 2014 & Spring 2015 Meal Plans & Rates

Plan

Meals

Flex Dollars

Cost per Semester

Blazer 1

19 per week

$100

$1,820

Blazer 2

12 per week

$300

$1,820

Blazer 3

10 per week

$400

$1,665

Gold 4

7 per week

$200

$1,070

Gold 5

5 per week

$150

$795

Gold 6

3 per week

$125

$600

Green 7

15 per semester

$150

$375

Green 8

12 per semester

$25

$150


Meal Plan Requirements

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 any of the Blazer Meal Plans (Blazer 1, 2 or 3).

“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 – Gold 4
  • 50 or less days left in the semester – Gold 5
  • 30 or less days left in the semester – Gold 6

Non-freshmen
living on campus may purchase one of plans 1 through 8.

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

Meal plan holders must present their OneCard at time of purchase to access their meal plan funds.

*There are no meal plan requirements for summer term, however, summer meal plan options are available to enrolled students and University employees and are detailed in a separate document.

Campus Dining Fee Requirements

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

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

Campus Dining Fee funds will be accessed through a student’s Dining Dollars account. Students must present their OneCard at time of purchase to access their Dining Dollar funds.

Meal Plan Selection/Assignment

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

The deadline for selecting meal plans will be July 17 for fall semester and mid December for spring semester, based on the first tuition and fee payment deadline. 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 Changes

Students can change their meal plan selection online through August 20 (the day prior to meal plan activation). From August 21 through September 2 (last day to drop/add) student requests to cancel or change their meal plan can be submitted to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and will be processed manually by Student Services staff. Beginning September 3, only upgrade requests will be accepted, unless the student is approved for withdrawal by the UAB Office of Enrollment Management (e.g. military leave, medical withdrawal, etc.), and upgrades will only be processed if the student has not exceeded the allowable Flex Dollars component of the requested plan.

University employees will not be able to make changes to their meal plan after payment has been processed.

Enrolled students and University employees who have not previously selected a meal plan for the current semester may do so online at any time during the semester.

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 and can be paid through BlazerNET or in person in the Student Accounting office in LHL 110. Payment deadlines for meal plans and the Campus Dining Fee are the same as published tuition payment deadlines.

Employees will be required to submit payment by credit/debit card when they select their meal plan to complete the ordering process. Employees who prefer to pay by check can come to the Student Services office in SIH 220 to sign up and pay.

Meal Plan and Campus Dining Fee Activation

Meals and Flex Dollars associated with selected plans will be available for use beginning August 21 (first official housing move-in day) for fall semester and January 4 (the day prior to the first day of class) for spring semester.


Campus Dining Fee funds will be available for use beginning August 20 for fall semester and January 4 for spring semester.

Campus Dining Locations

Dining Dollars and BlazerBucks may be used in all Sodexo-managed campus dining facilities. These include Commons on the Green, Denny’s (formerly the Diner), Starbucks in Sterne Library, Einstein Bros Bagels in the Learning Resources Center, Zime in the Business and Engineering Complex, World of Wings, the C-Store in Camp Hall, Sandella’s in Lister Hill Library, Simply to Go in Campbell Hall and the Jump Asian Express Food Truck. These funds can also be used at PowerZone in the Campus Recreation Center and at the faction of local food trucks during their scheduled time on-campus.

Flex Dollars can be used at all aforementioned locations, excluding the PowerZone at the Campus Recreation Center.

Meals can be used at the Commons on the Green. The Commons will provide all-you-care-to-eat service during all hours of operation.

Additional Meal Plan Rules

Individuals can use up to five meals per day. Meals are used exclusively for the meal plan holder, only the Flex Dollar portion of the meal plan can be used for guest purchases. Meal plans are non- transferable.

ONE Card Account Roll Over Options

Meals

Meals in both the Blazer and Gold plans will be valid each week from Monday through Sunday. On Sunday night any unused meals will be removed and replaced with the upcoming weeks meals.

Meals in the Green plans are valid during the semester purchased. Any unused meals will be removed at the conclusion of the semester.

Flex Dollars

Flex Dollars are valid during the semester purchased. Any remaining balance will be removed at the conclusion of the semester. 

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 and the remainder of the funds removed.  

BlazerBucks

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

BlazerBucks

BlazerBucks is a declining balance account that can be used anywhere the UAB ONE Card is accepted (e.g. Barnes & Noble @ UAB, participating off-campus dining and retail merchants, etc). Pre-registered and enrolled students and University employees may deposit funds into BlazerBucks accounts at any time in the Student Services Office via check, through a BlazerBucks Value Transfer Station, located in One Stop Student Services and Sterne and Lister Hill Libraries via credit/debit card or cash, or online at
www.uab.edu/campuscard via credit/debit card. University employees may also sign up for BlazerBucks payroll deduction online.

Cash withdrawals from a cardholder’s ONE Card debit account(s) are not permitted. Transfers of funds between ONE Card 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 Student Services Program Director no later than the last day to drop/add. Exemption Request Forms can be picked up or requested by email from the following departments: One Stop – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Student Services - 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 Student Services Program Director no later than the last day to drop/add. Exemption Request Forms can be picked up or requested by email from the following departments: One Stop – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Student Services - 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 Dining Fee 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 drop/add 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 drop/add, 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 drop/add if a student 1) no longer meets mandatory Dining Fee requirements, or 2) withdraws from the University.

After the last day to drop/add, 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. 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 Refund Request 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 UAB Student Services.