Plans and Policies

Select Your Individual Dining Plan

For the next four years, you’ll be eating some of the most delicious campus food in the country. How much food? Well, that all depends on how wisely you use your individual dining plan. Flex Plans are designed to provide maximum flexibility (hence the name). They do not provide a fixed number of meals per week like some universities–instead they offer a balance for you to spend like a debit account.

Sometimes you’ll go out to dinner, accidentally sleep through breakfast, settle for a bowl of ramen in your room rather than venturing out into the cold or just find yourself unable to get to a dining center, so these plans are not designed to provide all of your meals. But here is a rough approximation based on all-you-care-to-eat meals at D2 at Dietrick Hall:

  • Major Flex Plan about 10 meals per week
  • Mega Flex Plan about 12 meals per week
  • Premium Flex Plan about 14 meals per week

Choosing a Plan

Students who live on campus are required to purchase one of the three Major Dining Plans listed above, which they can only use for their own meals or guests. You cannot, however, use dining plans as a group. You can read more about that in our terms.

Dining plan advisor

On-campus residents are required to purchase one of three major dining plans – the Major, Mega, and Premium Flex Plans. Off-campus students are also welcome to purchase one of our major dining plans, but might prefer a minor dining plan designed specifically to their needs.

Flex Plans 2019-2020


Major Flex Plan: $1,912/semester

Mega Flex Plan: $2,050/semester

Premium Flex Plan: $2,193/semester

Your Flex Plan uses your Hokie Passport ID card like a debit card account and carries a certain amount of Flex Dollars to spend each semester. Flex Dollars can be spent at all dining centers for meals and snacks at the time that best suits you. Each time you access your Flex account, it will be debited for the amount of your purchase and the remaining balance will appear on the register display and your receipt.

All Flex Plans have a base cost of $1,220 and a balance of Flex Dollars. This base cost covers utilities, maintenance, repairs, mortgage payments, and the labor needed to support the food service program. All Flex Plans gain students a 50 percent discount at in our à la carte facilities and at least a 67 percent discount in our all-you-care-to-eat dining center. The Flex Dollar balances per plan are as follows:

  • Major – $692
  • Mega – $830
  • Premium – $973

Most people don’t eat every meal in the dining centers, sometimes you’ll go out to dinner, accidently sleep through breakfast, or settle for a bowl of ramen in your room rather than venturing out into the cold, so these plans are not designed to provide all of your meals. But here is a rough approximation based on all-you-care-to-eat meals at D2 at Dietrick Hall:

  • Major Flex Plan about 10 meals per week
  • Mega Flex Plan about 12 meals per week
  • Premium Flex Plan about 14 meals per week

Using Your Flex Dollars

All-You-Care-To-Eat Dining Centers:

Our all-you-care-to-eat dining center offers a great discount to Flex Plan holders. Your Flex account will be debited the following amount for each meal:

2018-2019 Door Prices

D2 at Dietrick Hall

Breakfast:

  • Flex - $2.85
  • Cash - $8.55

Lunch/Brunch:

  • Flex - $3.95
  • Cash - $11.95

Dinner:

  • Flex - $4.65
  • Cash - $13.95

Special Dinner:

  • Flex - $5.65
  • Cash - $16.95

*Prices effective August 15, 2018
**Plus applicable sales taxes

Notice the difference in price? Flex Plan holders receive a 67 percent discount at our all-you-care-to-eat dining center because they have paid a base cost as part of their plan that pays for utilities, maintenance, repairs, mortgage payments, and the labor needed to support the food service program. Non-Flex Plan holders do not receive this discount.

À La Carte Dining Centers

At all of our à la carte dining centers, Flex Plan holders receive 50 percent off the cash price. Below you will find a list of our à la carte dining centers:

  • Au Bon Pain at Squires Food Court
  • Au Bon Pain at the Graduate Life Center
  • Au Bon Pain at Goodwin Hall
  • Burger '37 at Squires Food Court
  • Deet’s Place at Dietrick Hall
  • DXpress at Dietrick Hall
  • Food Trucks: Grillfield and Periodic Table
  • Owens Food Court at Owens Hall
  • Hokie Grill & Co. at Owens Hall
  • Turner Place at Lavery Hall
  • West End Market at Cochrane Hall
  • Vet Med Cafè

Catering

Flex Dollars can be utilized for purchases from Personal Touch Catering. However, no discounts apply and the cash price will be charged.

Carry over/Roll over

If you do not spend all of your initial Flex Dollars by the end of the fall semester, they will carry over/ roll over to spring semester and receive the same Flex discount as long as you purchase another dining plan. Remember, Flex Plans do not carry over/roll over after spring semester.

Managing Your Flex Dollars

Use the Flex Use Chart to keep track of your Flex Dollars and plan your meals accordingly so as not to run out of money before the end of the semester.
If you find that you are running out of Flex Dollars and wish to add more money to your account, you can add Flex Addition Dollars to extend your dining plan.

Last year, more than 10,000 off-campus students purchased a dining plan. Students who live off campus may choose from any dining plan (including major dining plans). The following plans are specifically designed with the off-campus lifestyle in mind:

Minor Flex Plan: $1,015/semester for 2019-2020

The Minor Flex Plan is a great choice for off-campus students who had a Flex Plan when they lived on campus. The Minor Flex Plan is our most popular plan for off-campus students and gives the benefits of the Major Flex Plan at a lower buy-in level. The Minor Flex Plan carries a base cost of $609 that covers mortgage, utilities, and labor costs needed to support the food service program. Students receive $406 in Flex Dollars to pay for food and beverages at a 50 percent discount in our à la carte facilities and a 67 percent discount in our all-you-care-to-eat dining center (see Using Your Flex Dollars under Major Dining Plans).

Minor Flex Plan holders are not eligible to purchase Flex Addition Dollars but may purchase Dining Dollars which receive a 5% discount. Flex Addition dollars may only be purchased by major dining plan holders.

Carry over/Roll over

If you do not spend all of your initial Flex Dollars by the end of the fall semester, they will carry over/roll over to spring semester and receive the same Flex discount as long as you purchase another dining plan. Remember, Flex Plans do not carry over past spring semester.

Commuter Cash Dining Plan: $332/semester

With this plan, you receive $332 in Commuter Cash. While all purchases using this plan are tax-free, you do not receive the 5 percent discount like traditional Dining Dollars. However, deposits made to this account (above the initial $332) spend like Dining Dollars, and do receive the 5 percent discount. Like all dining plans, the Commuter Cash Dining Plan can be purchased using the Budget Tuition Plan.

You must spend the initial $332 in Commuter Cash by the end of spring semester. All deposits made into your Dining Dollars account beyond the initial $332 will carry over to the following academic year.

Dining Services’ Dining Dollars is a debit style account that is a great option for off-campus students who prefer a la carte dining or want a quick snack during the day. Dining Dollars can also be used in our all-you-care-to-eat dining  center. Dining Dollars are often beneficial for commuter students who enjoy lunch on campus or are involved in evening campus activities.

Money deposited into a Dining Dollars account is accessed automatically through your Hokie Passport ID card. You can spend Dining Dollars like cash in any dining center.

Benefits of Dining Dollars

  • Dining Dollars free you from the hassle of carrying cash.
  • Whenever you make a purchase with your account, the remaining balance is shown on your receipt.
  • Since Dining Dollars are only accepted in Virginia Tech Dining Services dining centers, parents and guardians can be assured that this money is spent only on food and beverages.
  • Students using Dining Dollars receive a 5 percent discount on all purchases and they do not pay sales tax.

Please Note:

  • If you have purchased the Commuter Cash Plan, the initial money does not receive the 5 percent Dining Dollars discount. Any additional Dining Dollars purchased will receive the discount.
  • Minor Flex Plan holders can add Dining Dollars to their plans and will receive the 5 percent discount after using all of their initial Minor Flex Dollars.
  • Major, Mega, and Premium Flex Plan holders can add Flex Addition Dollars and will receive 50 percent discount in à la carte facilities and at least a 67 percent discount in our all-you-care-to-eat dining center. Flex Addition Dollars will receive the Flex discount as long as a Major, Mega, or Premium dining plan is purchased for the semester.

Deposits

If you find that you are running out of Dining Dollars and would like to add more to your account, you can make a Dining Dollar Deposit and continue to use the Dining Dollars service. Dining Dollars can be added at any time in amounts between $25 and $1,000 and will remain on your account while you are a student (If you are not enrolled as a student and/or your account is inactive for 12 consecutive months, it will be closed).

Flex Addition deposits offer students with a Major, Mega or Premium Flex Plan the opportunity to add money to their account and receive the same Flex discounts. Flex Additions money deposited into a Flex Plan is accessed automatically through your Hokie Passport ID card once the initial Flex Dollars are used. You can check your balance at any time on HokieSpa; your balance will also appear on the receipt you receive after every time you access your account. Flex Additions will carry over/roll over and receive the Flex discount as long as you have purchased a major dining plan for that semester; otherwise they revert to Dining Dollars. Since Flex Dollars are only accepted in university dining centers, parents and guardians can be assured that this money will be spent only on food and beverages.

Flex Addition and Dining Dollar Deposits

Flex Additions and Dining Dollar deposits may be made online at any time during the year through HokieSpa. Flex Addition deposits carry over from year to year and remain stored on your Hokie Passport as long as you continue to purchase a major dining plan each semester, until you graduate or resign from the university. If you do not purchase a major dining plan in a given semester, your Flex Additions will revert to Dining Dollars. Please visit www.hokiepassport.vt.edu for more information regarding deposits, balances, and transaction history.

You can also make deposits at a cash-to-card machine, which can be found at

  • Dietrick Hall
  • G. Burke Johnston (GBJ) Student Center
  • Owens and Hokie Grill at Owens Hall
  • Squires Student Center
  • Student Services Building
  • Turner Place at Lavery Hall
  • West End Market at Cochrane Hall

Flex Addition and Dining Dollar deposits may also be made via cash or check at the Hokie Passport Services located at 100 Student Services Building on campus.

If the Flex Addition or Dining Dollars account is not used for a period of 12 consecutive months, it will be closed according to state policy. Dining Dollars deposits carry over from year to year and remain stored on your Hokie Passport until you graduate or resign from the university.

Use the guide below to stay on track with managing your Flex Dollars.

You can use this chart to compare your spending habits with the money available on your Major or Mega or Premium Flex Plan. This will help you determine whether you will run out of money before the end of the semester, or whether you will have too much. It is important to remember that each student has different eating habits, and where you choose to eat on a daily basis has a great impact on how much money you will spend. Therefore, the amount of money you will need may differ from the average amounts displayed on this chart.

Most people don't eat in the dining centers for every meal, so the Major Flex Plan is designed to cover about 10 meals per week throughout the semester, and the Mega Flex Plan provides about 12, and the Premium Flex Plan provides about 14.


Expected Flex Balance

Premium

  • 8/26/2019 = $973
  • 9/2/2019 = $912
  • 9/9/2019 = $851
  • 9/16/2019 = $791
  • 9/23/2019 = $730
  • 9/30/2019 = $669
  • 10/7/2019 = $608
  • 10/14/2019 = $547
  • 10/21/2019 = $487
  • 10/28/2019 = $426
  • 11/4/2019 = $365
  • 11/11/2019 = $304
  • 11/18/2019 = $243
  • 11/25/2019 = Thanksgiving Break
  • 12/2/2019 = $182
  • 12/9/2019 = $122
  • 12/16/2019 = $61

Mega

  • 8/26/2019 = $830
  • 9/2/2019 = $778
  • 9/9/2019 = $726
  • 9/16/2019 = $674
  • 9/23/2019 = $623
  • 9/30/2019 = $571
  • 10/7/2019 = $519
  • 10/14/2019 = $467
  • 10/21/2019 = $415
  • 10/28/2019 = $363
  • 11/4/2019 = $311
  • 11/11/2019 = $259
  • 11/18/2019 = $208
  • 11/25/2019 = Thanksgiving Break
  • 12/2/2019 = $156
  • 12/9/2019 = $104
  • 12/16/2019 = $52

Major

  • 8/26/2019 = $692
  • 9/2/2019 = $649
  • 9/9/2019 = $606
  • 9/16/2019 = $562
  • 9/23/2019 = $519
  • 9/30/2019 = $476
  • 10/7/2019 = $433
  • 10/14/2019 = $389
  • 10/21/2019 = $346
  • 10/28/2019 = $303
  • 11/4/2019 = $260
  • 11/11/2019 = $216
  • 11/18/2019 = $173
  • 11/25/2019 = Thanksgiving Break
  • 12/2/2019 = $130
  • 12/9/2019 = $87
  • 12/16/2019 = $43

If you will be living on campus, your plan will automatically default to Major Flex. However, if you plan on using your plan more, you can upgrade your plan using StarRez.

Going to college is your first step to being on your own, so having a Flex Plan is a perfect way to start learning how to budget your money. Luckily, you can always add Flex Additions later if your budgeting is not so successful at first.

Spring Semester Plans

On-campus and off-campus students with a fall semester dining plan will automatically be assigned and billed for the same dining plan for the spring semester. Students may change their dining plan choice between semesters at StarRez. Off-campus students may cancel their dining plan online prior to the specified deadline.

Your Hokie Passport ID card grants you access to many different things, including the gym, Blacksburg Transit, the library and most importantly to us, your dining plan.

Your Hokie Passport is also home to different accounts:

  • Flex Dollars: This is the money that comes from purchasing your Flex Plan, required for all on-campus residents. With this account you receive a 50 to 67 percent discount depending on what dining center you’re in.
  • Dining Dollars: This account is similar to a Flex account in that it works like a debit card system, however, this money only receives a 5 percent discount on the regular cash price. You can also choose how much money you want to invest in this account.
  • Hokie Passport Account: An account that allows you to make purchases in on-campus convenience stores, at software distribution, and many other departments and local businesses including on-campus dining centers (but you don’t get a discount).

You can also add Flex Additions to your Flex plan in case you run out. Additions receive the same 50 to 67 percent discounts as the initial Flex Dollars.

Students who live off campus may choose from any dining plan (including major dining plans). Last year more than 11,800 off-campus students purchased a dining plan. If you are an off-campus student there are some minor dining plans for you to choose from—just in case you become especially attached to that wood-fired oven pizza, your cooking skills top out at PB and J, or you enjoy the added convenience of having us cook and clean up for you.