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Meal Plans are available to all UAB students, not just residents. Meal plans make it easy to dine at the various destinations on campus. Swipe your ONE Card and go!

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  • Fall 2020 Meal Plan Updates


    Meal Plans and Rates have been updated due to the shortened on-campus semester. Please see below for adjusted rates.

    Fall 2020 Meal Plan
    Rate Chart
    (Approved 8/13/2020)
    Block 1:
    For use August 24
    through November 20
    Block 2:
    For use Novemeber 29
    through December 11
    Block 3:
    For use December 12
    through January 8
    (Winter Break Supplement)
    NOTE: The Commons on the Green will be the only location open during this time.
    Dragonfire 7+ MVP $1,740 $350 $380
    Dragonfire 5+ MVP $1,740 $350 $380
    Dragonfire 7 $1,660 $330 $380
    Dragonfire 5 $1,660 $330 $380
    Green & Gold $1,660 $330 $380
    Gold Block 75 $750 $150 $380
    Gold Block 25 $425 $150 $380
    Dining Dollars $425 $150 $380

    Note that meal plan active dates have been adjusted based on the shortened term. They will now activate on Monday, August 24. Dragon Cash and BlazerBucks will be available to use beginning Wednesday, August 19. Campus Dining locations also accept credit and debit cards. These locations have gone cashless for the semester.

    Students that have been approved to remain on campus after November 20 will need to add a Block 2 to their plans. Students remaining on campus through Winter Break will need to add a Block 3 to their plans.

    Student account adjustments will take place in the coming weeks. Due to the high volume of adjustments required, individual requests may take longer than usual. You will receive an email to your uab.edu address when this process is complete.

    Please note: If you had previously selected the Dining Dollars plan at the rate of $510, that will now be adjusted to $425.

    You can choose to supplement your meal plan with a secondary plan or add BlazerBucks online at uab.edu/blazerbucks.


    Meal Plans are a combination of Meal Swipes and Dining Dollars.

    Meal Swipes are accessed via your ONE Card and can be used at the Commons on The Green for all-you-care-to-eat meals. Individuals with Dragonfire plans have unlimited daily meal plan access (either 7 or 5 days per week depending on the plan chosen) and individuals with all other plans can use up to five meals per day. Meal Swipes can also be used at any Simply to Go location through the "Take 3" program at the C-Store in Camp Hall and The Grid. For all plans, individuals may use one meal exchange at Simply to Go locations per meal period (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Late Night).

    Meals on the Green & Gold plan will reset each week on Sunday night.

    Meals are exclusive to the meal plan holder aside from designated Guest Passes:

    Dragonfire and Gold Block Plans: You may use up to 15 meals per semester for your dining guests.

    • Green & Gold Plan: You may use up to one of your meals each week for your dining guests.
    • Dining Dollars may be used for guests at any time in any UAB Campus Dining destination.

    Dining Dollars is a declining balance account that can be used for purchases at all UAB dining destinations. At the conclusion of each semester, any unused funds in Dining Dollars will be removed from the individual's meal plan account the day after the last day of final exams.

  • Dragon Cash


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    Each academic year, all enrolled students living on campus and all undergraduate students taking twelve (12) or more credit hours who do not reside on campus will be assessed a $225 Campus Dining Fee during fall and spring semesters.

    Campus Dining Fee funds can be accessed through the students Dragon Cash account. Dragon Cash is a declining balance account that can be used for purchases at all UAB dining destinations.

    Enrolled students not assessed the Campus Dining Fee may elect to add $225 to their Dragon Cash account during fall and spring semesters by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

    Full-time non-residential students taking six hours or less on campus during a given semester may be exempt from the Campus Dining Fee during that semester. Courses offered online (excluding “blended” courses) or at a location more than 100 miles away from UAB’s campus are considered off-campus when determining eligibility for a waiver.

    Funds in the student’s Dragon Cash account will roll over during the 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 a student’s Dragon Cash account will be converted to BlazerBucks before the Dragon Cash account is cleared out in preparation for the upcoming academic year.

    The Dragon Cash account is used for accessing Campus Dining Fee funds only. Individuals who wish to add additional funds can do so through their BlazerBucks account.

  • Currency For who? For what? How to add
    Dragon Cash All full-time undergraduate students or any student that requests it. Use dollar-for-dollar to dine at any on-campus location
    • Commons on the Green
    • C-Store
    • The Den
    • Einstein Bros. Bagels
    • Starbucks in Sterne Library
    • Starbucks in the Hill Student Center
    • WOW Café
    • The Grid
    • Jamba Juice
    • Sandella’s Flatbread Café
    • Full Moon
    • Mein Bowl
    • Panera Bread
    • Magic City Eats

    Automatically added for full-time undergraduate students.

    If it isn’t automatically added and you’d like Dragon Cash, please email your request to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Meal Swipes Students with a Meal Plan
    • All-You-Care-To-Eat Meals in the Commons on the Green
    • Take 3 Meals from The Grid or the C-Store (include entrée, side, and drink)
    Add a meal plan at uab.edu/mealplans.
    Dining Dollars Students with a Meal Plan

    Use dollar-for-dollar to dine at any on-campus location

    • Commons on the Green
    • C-Store
    • The Den
    • Einstein Bros. Bagels
    • Starbucks in Sterne Library
    • Starbucks in the Hill Student Center
    • WOW Café
    • The Grid
    • Jamba Juice
    • Sandella’s Flatbread Café
    • Full Moon
    • Mein Bowl
    • Panera Bread
    • Magic City Eats
    Add a meal plan at uab.edu/mealplans
    MVP Meal Swipes Students with the following meal plans:
      Dragonfire 7 + MVP
      Dragonfire 5 + MVP

    Once per day for value up to $7.00 at

    • WOW Café
    • Sandella’s Flatbread Café
    • Jamba Juice
    • Magic City Eats
    • The Den*
    • Einstein Bros Bagels*
    • *Fall 2020 only
    Add a meal plan with MVP at uab.edu/mealplans.
    Blazer Bucks Anyone with a One Card

    Use dollar-for-dollar at:

    • All campus dining locations (listed above)
    • University Recreation
    • UAB Bookstore
    • Vending Machines
    • Printing
    • Select off-campus locations listed at uab.edu/blazerbucks
    Add online at any time in any amount at uab.edu/blazerbucks Guests can add without logging in by entering the student’s Blazer ID, Last Name, and Date of Birth.
  • Payment


    After charges are posted to the student account, payments for meal plans and the Campus Dining Fee can be made to the Student Accounting Office in person, by mail and online.

    To pay in person, visit the Cashier's Office in LHL 110.
    To pay by mail, send a check for your meal plan payment to:

    UAB STUDENT ACCOUNTING SERVICES
    LHL 110
    1720 2nd AVE S
    BIRMINGHAM, AL 35294-0013

    Payment via the web can be done through BlazerNET. BlazerNET provides a secure connection for credit card payments.

    Payment deadlines for meal plan balances follow the published Tuition and Fee Payment Deadline. (See the UAB Academic Calendar for payment deadline dates)

  • Faculty & Staff

    $5.00 Fridays

    Every Friday from 11:00 AM-2:00 PM during regular service, UAB Faculty and Staff members can enjoy an all-you-care-to-eat meal at The Commons dining hall for only $5.00! Simply present your Faculty/Staff UAB One Card to the cashier and pay $5.00 plus tax with cash, credit or debit.

    Faculty/Staff meal plan punch cards are available for purchase every Friday at The Commons. One punch card is $50 and gives you 10 Friday lunch punches, PLUS your 1st meal and 12th meal are FREE! That's 12 lunches for just $4.16 each! Ask your cashier about our Faculty/Staff punch cards at your next visit to The Commons.

    $7.00 Faculty & Staff Lunch

    Every Monday through Thursday from 11:00 AM-2:00 PM during regular service, UAB Faculty and Staff members can enjoy an all-you-care-to-eat meal at The Commons dining hall for only $7.00! Simply present your Faculty/Staff UAB One Card to the cashier and pay $7.00 plus tax with cash, credit, or debit.

  • Meal Plan Duration


    All meal plans are annual contracts spanning the full academic year (Fall and Spring semesters). The charge for the meal plan you select will be posted to your student account once for the Fall semester, and again for the Spring semester. The operational dates vary according to individual locations and the academic calendar. For example, locations may be closed for select holidays and breaks.


    Meal Plan Overview

    Your ONE Card, which houses your on-campus currencies, is required for all meal plan transactions - no exceptions. Only the customer named on the meal plan and whose name appears on the ONE Card is entitled to services extended under the meal plan option; meal plan holders may not transfer their plan to other customers with the exception of Guest Passes (for more info, see “Guest Passes” section below). In addition, Dining Dollars, Dragon Cash, or BlazerBucks may be used for guests if the meal plan holder is present. If your ONE Card is lost or stolen, immediately freeze the account on BlazerNet to avoid unauthorized purchases. UAB Campus Dining is not responsible for any missed meals due to a lost or stolen ONE Card.


    Meal Plan Sign Up and Payment

    To sign up for your meal plan, visit uab.edu/mealplans. Once you have signed up for your plan, please allow up to two (2) business days for activation and addition to student account. By signing up online, you are authorizing the meal plan to be billed to your UAB student account and you become liable for payment. By signing up for a meal plan, you are authorizing UAB Campus Dining to email you about your meal plan, promotions, changes to dining locations, and other dining alerts.

    Payments are due on schedule with the UAB Academic Calendar and details can be found on UAB’s When to Pay site

    Students may choose a primary and secondary plan:

    • Dining Dollars may be secondary to any plan;
    • A Gold Block plan may be secondary to a Gold Block or Green & Gold plan;
    • A student with Dining Dollars as their primary plan may choose any plan as their secondary.

    Meal Plan Requirements

    Enrolled students not residing on campus and university employees may elect to purchase any of the meal plans during the Fall and Spring semesters.

    On-campus housing includes any off-campus spaces leased through University Housing.

    Freshmen Living On Campus
    Freshmen living on campus must choose the Green & Gold, Dragonfire 5, or Dragonfire 7 plan and will default to Dragonfire 7 should a plan not be selected. Freshmen are defined as first-year students who meet the following criteria: (1) graduated high school within the last four academic years; (2) entered UAB with less than 12 credit hours taken at another university after high school graduation; and (3) have not attended UAB during a previous academic year, excluding the summer term immediately preceding the current academic year.

    Non-Freshmen Living On Campus
    Non-Freshmen living on campus must choose Dragonfire 7, Dragonfire 5, Green & Gold, Gold Block 75, Gold Block 25, or Dining Dollars. Should a plan not be selected, non-freshmen living on campus will default to the Gold Block 25.


    Meal Plan Changes

    Meal Plan changes must be made prior to the Drop/Add deadline for the current semester.

    Meal Plans can be added at any time throughout the semester. Plans added after the Drop/Add deadline may not be changed after 48 business hours after activation.


    Withdrawal

    All dining plans are annual contracts spanning the full academic year (Fall and Spring semesters). Cancellations are not allowed, with the exception of withdrawing from the university. If withdrawal is approved and student is not responsible for tuition charges for the term, a prorated refund will be posted to a student’s account based on the number of days in attendance or the number of meals consumed, whichever is greater. Students have one year from the last day of the withdrawal term to receive a refund. Any withdrawals approved after one year has passed will forfeit any unused funds. Failure to use a meal plan does not release a student from their payment obligation.


    Use of the Meal Plan

    Meal plans consist of meals and dining dollars. Meals can be used at the Commons on the Green for all-you-care-to-eat meals or Simply to Go Take 3 meals (see “Simply to Go” below). Dining Dollars can be used dollar-for-dollar at all UAB Campus Dining locations which include:

    • The Commons on the Green
    • Einstein Bros. Bagels
    • The Den
    • C-Store
    • Panera
    • Full Moon BBQ
    • Mein Bowl
    • Starbucks (Hill Student Center)
    • Magic City Eats
    • The Grid

    Meals do not roll over week-to-week. Dining Dollars do not roll over semester-to-semester. Meals and Dining Dollars are not transferable.

    Green & Gold and Gold Block plan holders may use up to five (5) meals per day. The Green & Gold plan resets to nine (9) meals on Sundays at midnight. Dragonfire plan holders may not use more than one meal per fifteen (15) minutes unless using a Guest Pass.


    MVP Upgrade

    The optional MVP upgrade to the Dragonfire meal plans allows students an opportunity to exchange one meal swipe per day for a meal up to a $7.00 value at select campus dining locations. If the total transaction exceeds $7.00, the remaining balance can be paid with another form of payment including Dining Dollars, Dragon Cash, BlazerBucks, cash or credit card. The MVP upgrade costs $100 per semester in addition to the cost of the Dragonfire plan.


    Simply to Go

    Simply to Go is a grab-and-go option available in the C-Store in Camp Hall and The Grid. Items are available priced individually and can be purchased at any time. Individuals with a meal plan which includes meals may use one meal per period to purchase a Simply to Go Take 3 meal. Take 3 includes an entree, side, and beverage. Let the cashier know you are using a meal swipe for Take 3.


    Guest Passes

    Meals are exclusive to the meal plan holder aside from designated guest passes. Dragonfire and Gold Block plan holders may use up to fifteen (15) meals per semester for dining guests. Green & Gold plan holders may use one of their meals each week for dining guests. Dining Dollars may be used for guests at any time in any UAB Campus Dining location.


    Closures and Limited Services

    In the event of an emergency, Campus Dining reserves the right to close dining venues and/or provide limited service. In addition, locations may be closed or relocated due to renovations or repairs.


    Dragon Cash

    Not a part of the meal plan

    Each academic year, all enrolled students living on campus and all undergraduate students taking twelve (12) or more credit hours who do not reside on campus will be assessed a $225 Campus Dining Fee during Fall and Spring semesters.

    Full-time non-residential students taking six hours or less on campus during a given semester may be exempt from the Campus Dining Fee during that semester. Courses offered online (excluding “blended” courses) or at a location more than 100 miles away from UAB’s campus are considered off-campus when determining eligibility for a waiver. Enrolled students not assessed the Campus Dining Fee may elect to add $225 to their Dragon Cash account during Fall and Spring semesters by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

    Campus Dining Fee funds can be accessed through the student’s Dragon Cash account. Dragon Cash is a declining balance account that can be used for purchases at all UAB Campus Dining Locations.

    Funds in the student’s Dragon Cash account will roll over during the terms included in one academic year (i.e. Fall to Spring to Summer). After the last class day of the Summer semester, 25% of any remaining balance in a student’s Dragon Cash account will be converted to BlazerBucks before the Dragon Cash account is cleared out in preparation for the upcoming academic year.

    The Dragon Cash account is used for accessing Campus Dining Fee funds only. Individuals who wish to add additional funds can do so through their BlazerBucks account.


    BlazerBucks

    Not a part of the meal plan

    BlazerBucks is a declining balance account that can be used for goods and services anywhere the UAB ONE Card is accepted. BlazerBucks accounts are available to students, faculty and staff, and other individuals in possession of a UAB ONE Card. There is no minimum deposit required to activate a BlazerBucks account and additional funds can be added in varying amounts at will. Balances in BlazerBucks carry-over from year to year until the cardholder graduates or otherwise permanently leaves the university.

    Full details of the BlazerBucks program including locations currently accepting the currency can be found at uab.edu/blazerbucks.