Meal Plan Options

New Meal Plan Options take effect Fall 2018

We're happy to offer new meal plan options. These new options will take effect Fall 2018.


Students living off campus

If you are interested in a meal plan contract and are a UNL student living off campus, the contract will be available August 1. Selections will be made in MyRed > Housing portal > Contract.

Meal Plan Options

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Students in the Abel/Sandoz dining center.

University Dining Services meal plans are designed to allow for greater flexibility for upperclass students. Options are based on your class standing.
The All-Access meal plan is required for newly admitted freshmen.


What's your plan?
Meal Plan Available to
All-Access
Meal Plan
All students. Newly admitted freshmen are required to have the All-Access meal plan with their housing contract.
Red 440
Meal Pack
Sophomores or higher
White 250
Meal Pack
Juniors or higher
Herbie 25
Meal Pack Add-On
Anyone who has purchased a Red 440 or White 250 Meal Pack.

All-Access Meal Plan$4,450/academic year

The All-Access meal plan is designed for students who want the convenience of an unlimited dining experience without worry of running out of meal scans.

Who: Any student can choose the All-Access meal plan. Newly admitted freshmen are required to have the All-Access meal plan with their housing contract.

Unlimited meals in dining centers or Grab-N-Go locations – eat, study or relax anytime we are open. All-Access lockout locations/periods apply. See "The Fine Print" below for more information.

Guest meals apply only to the All-Access meal plan.

Red 440 Meal Pack$3,400/academic year

This meal pack is designed for upperclass students who don't need an unlimited plan and want the flexibility to choose fewer meals.

Who: Sophomores or higher

White 250 Meal Pack$2,400/academic year

This meal pack is for busy juniors and seniors who want the convenience of eating a few meals but don't need too many.

Who: Juniors or higher

Herbie 25 Meal Pack Add-On$250/pack

The Herbie 25 Meal Pack is an add-on to either the Red 440 or the White 250 meal packs. Multiple Herbie 25 meal packs can be purchased.

Changing Meal Plans

The deadline(s) to decrease meal plan options are September 15, 2018 (fall) and January 20, 2019 (spring). After those dates you can only increase your meal plan option. Changes can be made in MyRed > Housing portal > Forms.

THE FINE PRINT

Meal Plan and Meal Packs

All-Access Meal Plan:

  • Newly admitted freshmen are required to have the All-Access meal plan.
  • There is no limit to the scans (meals) per day unless your account has been locked out.
  • Three free guest meals per semester apply only to the All-Access meal plan.
  • Lockout locations/periods: Students choosing lunch at Lewis Training Table, East Campus Deli, Husker Hoagies, Husker Heroes or Huskers On-The-Go will be prevented from entrance when scanning at a dining center during the same meal period. Likewise, if a student has scanned at a dining center, they will be locked out from scanning at one of the grab-n-go locations or Lewis Training Table.
Board Only Contract AmountDue SeptemberDue February
Billing Plan (Two installments – advisable for students who receive substantial financial aid package)
All-Access $4,450.00 $2,265.45 $2,184.55

Red 440 or White 250 Meal Pack:

  • Options are based on class standing at the start of the contracted term.
  • Will be divided in half for the two semesters. For example, the Red 440 Meal Pack will be divided into 220 card scans (meals) per semester.
  • Unused card scans will not be transferred to the next semester.
  • Unused card scans will not be refunded.
  • There is no limit to card scans per day unless your account has been locked out. Students can use as many card scans as they’d like per day in any dining center or grab-n-go location (Husker Hoagies, Husker Heroes, Huskers On-The-Go). Multiple daily card scans are not available at the Lewis Training Table.
  • Not valid for meals served during semester breaks (i.e. Thanksgiving break, holiday break, spring break, etc.).
  • Requests to add the Herbie 25 meal pack to an existing Red 440 or White 250 meal pack may be made through the University Housing portal.
Board Only Contract AmountDue SeptemberDue February
Billing Plan (Two installments – advisable for students who receive substantial financial aid package)
Red 440 Pack $3,400.00 $1,730.91 $1,669.09
White 250 Pack $2,400.00 $1,221.82 $1,178.18

Herbie 25 Meal Pack Add-On:

  • An add-on to either the Red 440 or the White 250 meal packs.
  • Multiple Herbie 25 meal packs can be purchased.
  • Unused card scans will not be transferred to the next semester.
  • Unused card scans will not be refunded.
  • There is no limit to card scans per day unless your account has been locked out. Students can use as many card scans as they’d like per day in any dining center or grab-n-go location (Husker Hoagies, Husker Heroes, Huskers On-The-Go). Multiple daily card scans are not available at the Lewis Training Table.
  • Not valid for meals served during semester breaks (i.e. Thanksgiving break, holiday break, spring break, etc.).

General Information

  • The All-Access meal plan, Red 440 and White 250 meal packs are effective Fall 2018.
  • Any student living on campus must have a meal plan except for apartment-style and Husker Hall residents. Previous two free meals a week for apartment-style is discontinued.
  • Off-campus students can choose meal plans after August 1. Selections are made in MyRed > Housing portal > Contract.
  • The meal plan and meal packs allow access to any of the dining centers and grab-n-go locations on city campus and at the East Campus Union.
  • Serving times and changes to the serving times will be posted on the University Housing website and at the dining centers. Dining center and grab-n-go location hours of operation are posted on the University Housing website and the dining app.
  • Full contractual meal service begins August 20, 2018.
  • The student’s picture NCard is scanned at the dining center each time he/she eats to verify their identity.
    • The NCard is non-transferable and may be used ONLY by the student to whom it is issued. Answers to frequently asked questions can be found at go.unl.edu/diningFAQ.

Lewis Training Table

    For policies and procedures specific to the Lewis Training Table, visit their website.

    Lewis Training Table

Meal Plan Changes – Contract Changes

Fall semester (DEADLINE - September 15) and spring semester (DEADLINE - January 20) meal plan and meal pack changes may be made through the University Housing portal.

Meal Ingredients & Dietary Needs

UNL takes pride in meeting vegetarian, vegan, allergy-sensitive and other dietary needs. If you have a special dietary need please contact Pam Edwards, Assistant Director of Dining Services, at pedwards1@unl.edu.

We make every effort to label the menu items being served and identify the ingredients. At times, however, the ingredients of menu items will not be posted, and the possibility also exists that the ingredients and/or nutritional content may vary from what is posted. Manufacturers may change the formulation of the food without our knowledge and accurate nutritional information for certain product(s) may not be available. Any customers concerned about food ingredients should be aware of these risks and proactive about their food choices. It is ultimately the responsibility of the customer to decide whether to eat certain foods. The University will not assume any liability for adverse reactions to foods consumed or to items one may come into contact with while eating at a University establishment. For questions regarding the ingredients of the menu items or any other questions about food contents, please consult a member of the dining center’s management team at any time. If you believe you may have disability-related food allergies or other dietary needs related to a disability, contact the Director of Services for Students with Disabilities, at (402)472-3787.

University Housing bills are applied to the student’s UNL Centralized Student Bill.

PAYMENT TERMS & CONDITIONS

Advance Payment

A nonrefundable advance payment of $400 is due with your contract submission. The advance payment will be applied to the last billing cycle of the contract. Advance payments are due and payable to the Division of University Housing.

Payment Types

TO PAY BY CREDIT/DEBIT CARD OR E-CHECK:

  1. Log in to MyRED.
  2. Under “Residence Halls,” select “Access the Housing Portal."
  3. Click “Contract” in the red bar across the top of the page.
  4. Select “2018-19 Academic Year” contract and click “Save and Continue."
  5. Pay the nonrefundable $400 advance payment.

TO PAY WITH CASH:

  • Do not mail cash.
  • You may bring the exact amount to the Housing office during business hours.
  • Do not include any money for future Housing room and meal plan payments.

TO PAY WITH PERSONAL CHECK:

  • Make checks payable to “University of Nebraska–Lincoln Housing.” Do not include payment for other UNL Departments.
  • Include student name and eight digit NU ID number on the check.
  • Pay the exact amount of your advance payment only. Do not include any money for future Housing room and meal plan payments.
  • Mail the check to: University Housing, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, PO Box 880622, Lincoln, NE 68588-0622.

Missed Meals Policy

The meal plan and meal packs allow great flexibility both in dining times and locations. We take into account meals that may be missed, therefore, no refunds will be granted for missed meals. In the case of prolonged illness, a credit (applied against future payments) may be given for days in excess of the first fourteen days of illness. All requests for meal refunds due to prolonged illness must be applied for within two weeks of the end of the illness, be in writing along with a letter from a doctor, and sent to the Assistant Director of Housing for Contracts and Student Services. In such cases, all meal plan costs, except that portion of the board charge determined by University Housing associated with bond debt service, will be credited to your account.

Meal Plan Cancellation Schedule

Cancellations are prorated on a daily rate after hall opening and standard cancellation fees will apply.

For Upperclass/Graduate students living in apartment-style, Husker Hall and off-campus meal plans:

FIRST SEMESTER

  • Prior to Sept. 15, 2018 = $30
  • Sept. 15 – Dec. 15, 2018 = 40% of remaining balance of the contract*

SECOND SEMESTER

If you have an academic year meal plan contract:

  • Prior to Dec. 15, 2018 = $30
  • Dec. 15, 2018 – May 4, 2019 = 40% of remaining balance of the contract*

NEW MEAL CONTRACTS FOR SPRING ONLY

  • Prior to Jan. 15, 2019 = $30
  • Jan. 15 – May 4, 2019 = 40% of remaining balance of the contract*

NOTE: The total advance payment will be applied to the last billing cycle of the spring semester. The advance payment will be applied to the centralized billing account and may be applied to university charges other than University Housing charges.

*If the 40% cancellation fee is less than $500, the minimum cancellation fee of $500 will be charged to your account. If contract cancellation occurs during the last two weeks of the semester, there will be no credit issued for the remaining days left in the semester.

Centralized Billing

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln has a centralized billing system. Housing fees and any other incidental housing charges will be billed to you through this system. The monthly bills are generally posted the last week of each month and due the 21st day of the following month. It is your responsibility to view your account/bill through the University’s MyRED portal and make payments, as directed, to the Bursar’s office. Any charges incurred for tuition and fees, University Housing, telephone charges, NCard purchases, service charges from the University Health Center, Campus Recreation, University Libraries, Lewis Training Table, and Parking Services will appear on one statement. After your advance payment has been sent to University Housing, your remaining payments will be made to the Bursar’s Office.

Do not send cash through the mail. For further information on receipt of your payments (excluding advance payment), contact the Bursar’s Office at (402)472-1734.

Payments made to University Housing are transferable to other charges on the centralized bill, which will have a summary page detailing the specific charges and telephone numbers to call if you have questions about those charges. Unpaid bills are subject to late fees.

The Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid will credit all awards to your UNL Student Account to be applied against your tuition, fees, housing, and other institutional charges you have incurred. For further information on disbursement of refunds, contact the Office of Student Accounts, 124 Canfield Administration Building, PO Box 880413, Lincoln NE 68588-0413, or contact Student Accounts at (402)472-2887.

Husker Deferred Payment Plan

The Husker Deferred Payment Plan (HDPP) offers students and parents an alternative payment option to ease the burden of having to make one large payment each semester. Students can either pay the full amount of their semester bill on the semester’s first payment due date, or pay it in two or three monthly installments. The plan is available for the first and second semesters to all enrolled UNL students and covers tuition, mandatory fees, and contracted University Housing charges. Go to studentaccounts.unl.edu for more information.

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