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2017-2018 Meal Plans

Meal plans at Miami provide flexibility and value to match our students’ needs. They are flexible, transparent, and simple to use! Our Diplomat Meal Plans are a combination of buffet meals plus declining balance dollars. Learn more about your meal plan options below, and also be sure to explore dining options in the Places to Eat section.

Meal plans are available to all Miami University students. To ensure a great dining experience, we maintain a database with thousands of recipes. Menus include a wide variety of freshly prepared and made-to-order items that have become Miami’s hallmark. Many of the items served are prepared from scratch daily in our kitchens or our Demske Culinary Support Center.

2017-2018 Tuition Promise Cohort Students Living in Residence Halls

Meal Plan Options and Costs for Tuition Promise 2017-18 Cohort (more info)
Level What's Included Each Semester Cost per Semester Is this the plan for me?
Diplomat Premium Provides unlimited buffet meals for you, $800 declining balance dollars, and 5 guest meals. Rest assured that you can eat at buffets as often as you’d like, and also use your flexible spending dollars at any dining location on campus. $3,042 This is the "no worry" plan.  If you like to eat three full meals each day, and also have the ability to grab additional snacks between meals, then this plan may be for you.
Diplomat Plus Our newest option, designed by students! Provides 7 buffet meals per week, $1,100 declining balance dollars, and 5 guest buffet meals. This plan also provides a bonus week's worth of buffet meals that can be used at any time during the semester! $2,600 This option is designed for students who like to eat 1 buffet meal each day, and eat the remainder of their meals using declining balance dollars at our a la carte locations (grab & go and markets). For example, if you like to eat breakfast and lunch on the go, but have a full buffet meal for dinner, or any combination of those, this plan may be for you.
Diplomat Standard Provides 16 buffet meals per week, $500 declining balance dollars, and 5 guest buffet meals. This plan also provides a bonus week's worth of buffet meals that can be used at any time during the semester! $2,496 This option is designed for students who like to eat 2 to 3 buffet meals per day, but also like to have some additional flexibility with declining balance dollars to spend at other times.  Do you like to eat at a buffet for breakfast and dinner, but grab a lunch on the go at Armstrong? If so, this plan may be a good choice for you.
Diplomat Minimum Provides 14 buffet meals per week, $100 declining balance dollars, and 5 guest buffet meals. This plan also provides a bonus week's worth of buffet meals that can be used at any time during the semester! $1,976 This option is our lowest priced plan, and is a great choice for the student who prefers to eat 2 buffet meals each day, and doesn't snack a lot between them. The plan does come with a small declining balance of $100, which could be added to at a later time if needed.

2016-2017 Tuition Promise Cohort Students Living in Residence Halls

Meal Plan Options and Costs for Tuition Promise 2016-17 Cohort (more info)
Level What's Included Each Semester Cost per Semester Is this the plan for me?
Diplomat Premium Best value plan! Provides unlimited buffet meals for you, $800 declining balance dollars, and 5 guest meals. Rest assured that you can eat at buffets as often as you’d like, and also use your flexible spending dollars at any dining location on campus. $2,925 This is the "no worry" plan.  If you like to eat three full meals each day, and also have the ability to grab additional snacks between meals, then this plan may be for you.
Diplomat Plus Our newest option, designed by students! Provides 7 buffet meals per week, $1,100 declining balance dollars, and 5 guest buffet meals. This plan also provides a bonus week's worth of buffet meals that can be used at any time during the semester! $2,550 This option is designed for students who like to eat 1 buffet meal each day, and eat the remainder of their meals using declining balance dollars at our a la carte locations (grab & go and markets). For example, if you like to eat breakfast and lunch on the go, but have a full buffet meal for dinner, or any combination of those, this plan may be for you.
Diplomat Standard Provides 16 buffet meals per week, $500 declining balance dollars, and 5 guest buffet meals. This plan also provides a bonus week's worth of buffet meals that can be used at any time during the semester! $2,400 This option is designed for students who like to eat 2 to 3 buffet meals per day, but also like to have some additional flexibility with declining balance dollars to spend at other times.  Do you like to eat at a buffet for breakfast and dinner, but grab a lunch on the go at Armstrong? If so, this plan may be a good choice for you.
Diplomat Minimum Provides 14 buffet meals per week, $100 declining balance dollars, and 5 guest buffet meals. This plan also provides a bonus week's worth of buffet meals that can be used at any time during the semester! $1,900 This option is our lowest priced plan, and is a great choice for the student who prefers to eat 2 buffet meals each day, and doesn't snack a lot between them. The plan does come with a small declining balance of $100, which could be added to at a later time if needed.

Tuition Promise Exempt Students Living in Residence Halls

Meal Plan Options and Costs for Returning Students (Tuition Promise Exempt)
Level What's Included Each Semester Cost per Semester Is this the plan for me?
Diplomat Premium A Provides $3,000 in declining balance dollars to spend at any dining location. Fully declining balance option available for returning non-Tuition Promise students only. $2,964 This is a fully-declining balance option which is available to returning students who are not part of the Tuition Promise program. This plan is intended for students who were here in 2015-16 or prior.
Diplomat Premium B Provides $2,500 in declining balance dollars to spend at any dining location. Fully declining balance option available for returning non-Tuition Promise students only. $2,600 This is a fully-declining balance option which is available to returning students who are not part of the Tuition Promise program. This plan is intended for students who were here in 2015-16 or prior.
Diplomat Premium C Provides $1,750 in declining balance dollars to spend at any dining location. Fully declining balance option available for returning non-Tuition Promise students only. $2,080 This is a fully-declining balance option which is available to returning students who are not part of the Tuition Promise program. This plan is intended for students who were here in 2015-16 or prior.
Diplomat Plus Our newest option, designed by students! Provides 7 buffet meals per week, $1,100 declining balance dollars, and 5 guest buffet meals. This plan also provides a bonus week's worth of buffet meals that can be used at any time during the semester! $2,575 This option is designed for students who like to eat 1 buffet meal each day, and eat the remainder of their meals using declining balance dollars at our a la carte locations (grab & go and markets). For example, if you like to eat breakfast and lunch on the go, but have a full buffet meal for dinner, or any combination of those, this plan may be for you.
Diplomat Standard Provides 16 buffet meals per week, $500 declining balance dollars, and 5 guest buffet meals. This plan also provides a bonus week's worth of buffet meals that can be used at any time during the semester! $2,444 This option is designed for students who like to eat 2 to 3 buffet meals per day, but also like to have some additional flexibility with declining balance dollars to spend at other times.  Do you like to eat at a buffet for breakfast and dinner, but grab a lunch on the go at Armstrong? If so, this plan may be a good choice for you.
Diplomat Minimum Provides 14 buffet meals per week, $100 declining balance dollars, and 5 guest buffet meals. This plan also provides a bonus week's worth of buffet meals that can be used at any time during the semester! $1,924 This option is our lowest priced plan, and is a great choice for the student who prefers to eat 2 buffet meals each day, and doesn't snack a lot between them. The plan does come with a small declining balance of $100, which could be added to at a later time if needed.

Express Meal Plan for Heritage Commons & Off-Campus Students

Miami Express is the meal plan for students residing in Heritage Commons, living off campus, or attending one of our regional campuses. This meal plan is designed specifically to give students the flexibility of being able to cook at home or eat in one of our many dining locations. Miami Express meal plan holders have the convenient option of shopping at Market Street at MacCracken. This grocery style location stocks fresh produce, locally raised meat, and the largest variety of organic products on campus.


Miami Express Benefits and Discounts

  • Convenient dining locations near classrooms and campus libraries
  • Many nutritious choices
  • Meal plan purchases are tax-exempt—save 6.5%
  • Save time with various grab-and-go selections
  • An easy to use declining meal plan balance

Meal Plan Pricing

Each student has a different schedule and unique dining habits. That is why we offer a wide range of pricing options for the Miami Express Meal Plan. Once you select a price level, your bursar account will be charged that amount and then the funds will be added to your meal plan account, accessible via your Miami ID. This meal plan offers various levels ranging from $100 to $3,000 to fit your needs.


Sign Up For Your Express Plan

Students may sign up for the Miami Express Meal Plan online through MyCard. Meal plan accounts remain active as long as you are a student at Miami.

To sign up online:

  1. Log in to MyCard using your UniqueID and password
  2. Click My Meal Plan
  3. Select your desired meal plan amount
  4. Check Make this my Spring meal plan also option if desired
  5. Click Submit Changes

Using Your Express Plan

The Miami Express Meal Plan works like a debit account; students have a balance that is accessed through their Miami ID card. Your meal plan is accepted at all Miami University dining locations. As you purchase beverages, meals and snacks throughout the semester your balance decreases. At the end of each year unspent meal plan dollars will automatically transfer to a Miami Express plan for the next year. Meal plan dollars are non-refundable.


Important Reminders:

Each time you use your meal plan, your account balance is displayed at the register. Be sure to check out our Frequently Asked Meal Plan Questions page for helpful info about the plans. 

Weekly Buffets: In order to help students manage their meal plans during the semester, and to get a better value, buffet meals are divided per week each semester.  Depending upon the level you select, you'll get a specific number of buffet meals added to your card each week.  Your buffet meals will reset early on Saturday morning of each week.  If you have any unused buffet meals at that time, they do not carry forward. Our Minimum, Plus and Standard levels also come with a "Bonus Week" of buffet meals.  This means that those plans come with an extra week's worth of buffet meals, which DO roll forward each week.  These are available to be used if you use up your normal week's worth of buffet meals.

Declining Balance Dollars: For continuing students, any unspent declining balance meal plan dollars will automatically transfer to your meal plan for the next term. If you plan to be on campus during the summer, you will be able to use your declining balance at any open dining location. If you're planning to graduate, or not return next year, don't forget that unspent meal plan dollars are not refundable or transferable when you leave. We encourage you to monitor your balance regularly, and budget carefully if you're considering future deposit amounts before the end of the semester.


Check Your Meal Plan Balance:

View your balance by logging into MyCard or MyMiami.

To view your itemized purchase list:

  1. Log into WebCard Center using your UniqueID and password
  2. Click Spending History
  3. Adjust the date range to match the spending history timeline you wish to view
  4. Click View History

To sign up for low account balance notifications:

  1. Log into WebCard Center using your UniqueID and password
  2. Click Notification Preferences
  3. Check that your contact information is up to date, email & phone
  4. Under Daily Alerts select When my balance drops below
  5. Customize where you want the notification to be sent and at what balance you wish to be notified

Add Money to Your Meal Plan

If at any point during the semester your declining balance gets low, funds can be added online using MyCard. Authorized guest payers may add money online through the Bursar’s website.

To add money via MyCard:

  1. Log in to MyCard using your UniqueID and password
  2. Click My Meal Plan
  3. Select your desired meal plan addition amount
  4. Click Submit Changes