SDSU Meal Plans. 2020-2021

Frequently Asked Questions: Meal Plans

If you have additional questions or need advice, contact SDSU Dining at (619) 594-7640. The dining office is located in Education Building room 112, you may also e-mail questions to

When does my meal plan begin?

The first meal begins on Tuesday, August 18, 2020 for the fall semester. The first meal begins on Monday, January 18, 2021 for the spring semester.

Where does my meal plan work?

Meal plans are accepted at over 40 dining locations, including all seven Aztec Market Convenience Stores. All locations that accept SDSU Meal Plans are labeled with a red MP logo under the hours & location tab.

The following locations do not accept the meal plans: Faculty Staff Club, Chipotle and Trader Joe's

Can meal plans be changed?

Yes, university housing residents on one of the three traditional plans (Mini, Select, Prime Value) can change their meal plans during the three designated change weeks below. The meal plan holder may change their meal plan by signing a new agreement with the SDSU Dining Office.  Your meal plan may be changed during the following designated dates by contacting the SDSU Dining Office.  Due to current social distancing guidelines, this can be done by calling (619)594-7640 between 8am and 3pm during the designated change week.  Students may choose to visit our office located in the Education Building, room 112, but this is not encouraged. Office hours for meal plan changes are Monday - Friday 8am – 3pmRequests must come directly from students as the account holders.

  • September 14-18, 2020 - Effective Monday, September 21, 2020
  • November 2-6, 2020 - Effective Monday, January 18, 2021
  • February 8-12, 2021 - Effective Monday, February 22, 2021

*No meal balances from your old plan will carry over when making a meal plan change, however, declining dollars accrued through meal plan change date will carry over into the new plan

How many meal days are in a semester?

Fall 2020: 84 weekdays and 32 weekend days = 116 total days. Spring 2021: 79 weekdays and 28 weekend days = 107 total days.

Are unused meal plan balances refunded at the end of the academic year?

No, there are no refunds at any time on balances. Students are encouraged to take full advantage of their meal plans during their time in residence halls.  Meal plan balances rollover from fall to spring.  At the end of spring semester, all meal plans expire and unused funds are forfeited.

What if a student has a special dietary need or is a vegetarian?

The staff of SDSU Dining will work with students to identify where food is available that meets specific dietary needs. Please contact Student Ability Success Center at (619) 594-6473 as soon as possible to discuss your specific situation.  You will be referred to dining for a consultation if it is deemed that a meal plan is advised.  Also, many vegetarian and vegan options are available in our restaurants, convenience stores and at The Garden.

Does my meal plan work for other items like medicine or toiletries?

No. Meal Plans are set up for food and beverages only. Meal plans are not valid on merchandise, gift cards, alcohol or gratuity.

What if I lose or forget my meal card?

You can pick up a temporary meal card from the SDSU Dining Office (Education Building, Room 112) or pay for your meal and bring your receipts to the SDSU Dining Office or email them to for a refund within two weeks of your purchase. The receipts must be from a location where the meal plan is accepted and within the stipulations of your meal plan.  If you are requesting a refund from a location that sells alcohol, please ensure that you submit an itemized receipt. 

I'm sick and cannot go out to use my meal plan. What can I do?

If you can’t make it to a “regular” meal due to illness, you may request a Sick Meal Pass from you residence hall’s front desk. The form, along with your Red ID Card, must be taken to The Garden at Cuicacalli, University Towers Kitchen (UTK) or the Aztec Market in front of Chapultepec Hall. You may assign someone to pick up your meal with the pass only.  Red ID's are required to be confiscated any time anyone other than the card holder attempts to use it.  This is for the protection of the card holder and their funds.  Red ID's are not transferrable and Sick Meal Passes are the only exception to this rule.

My Meal Plan is on hold. What should I do?

A Meal Plan is placed on hold for late housing payments. When this happens, pay for your meals with cash, debit, or credit and keep your receipts. After your meal plan is removed from hold, bring your receipts (in order by date) to the SDSU Dining Office or email them to sdsudining@sdsu.eduno more than 2 weeks after your hold is lifted for a refund.  Remember to leave adequate funds in your meal plan to cover your reimbursement amount and to include RED ID and name in all correspondence. The receipts must be from locations where meal plans are accepted and within the stipulations of your meal plan.  If you are requesting a refund from a location that sells alcohol, please ensure that you submit an itemized receipt.  Be advised that reimbursement requests are limited to one per hold period.