7. Meal Plans

Meal Plan Rates, 2011/2012

20 Flex Meal Plan$2,120/semester (includes $125.00 Flex Dollars)
15 Flex Meal Plan $2,005/semester (includes $125.00 Flex Dollars)
12 Flex Meal Plan$1,900/semester (includes $125.00 Flex Dollars)
10 Flex Meal Plan$1,590/semester (includes $125.00 Flex Dollars)
5 Flex Meal Plan$655/semester (includes $25.00 Flex Dollars)
10 Meal Plan (no Flex Dollars)$1,480/semester

Block plans:

40 “any time” meals$470/semester (includes $75.00 Flex Dollars)
175 “any time” meals$1,855/semester (includes $125.00 Flex Dollars)

Flex Plans

  • Flex plans each include meals-per-week which are eaten in the Café plus additional dollars that can be spent to treat guests, to eat in the Café, or to purchase food at the Eagle’s Nest, Common Grounds, The Talon or coffee cart. Flex plan purchasers receive Flex dollars each semester.
  • If you use all your Flex Dollars, you may purchase additional Dollars using the instructions above under Purchasing or Changing Meal Plans, Purchasing Flex Dollars. Additional Flex Dollars may also be purchased at any food venue register.
  • The 10-meals-per-week plan does not have Flex dollars attached. If you change from a Flex Plan to the 10-meals-per week plan (without Flex), any current balance of Flex dollars at the time of the change will be lost.
  • Unused flex dollars are carried over from the fall semester to the spring semester of the same academic year, but do not carry over to the summer or next academic year. They only carry over if you continue to have a flex plan in the spring.
  • To be able to use Flex dollars remaining on your account at the end of the fall semester you must have a Flex Plan during spring semester. Flex dollars do not carry over past the end of the spring semester.
  • Students who run out of Café meals during any given week may use flex dollars to pay the door price for additional meals.
  • Unused Flex dollars cannot be refunded, spent or claimed when you leave Biola or after the last class day of the spring semester.
  • The software which tracks your meal plan and Flex Dollar use distinguishes between the Dollars which come with your original meal plan purchase, and Dollars which you purchase separately. The additional Dollars you purchase are called “Student Dollars” in this software. As you spend your Flex Dollars, the software will subtract them first from the Dollars attached to your original meal plan purchase, then switch to your Student Dollars once the original Dollars are gone. If a food venue cashier says you are out of Flex Dollars and you have purchased additional Dollars in MyHousing, ask them to check your Student Dollars.

Block Plans

  • Block Plans give access to any 40 or 175 meals at the Café during a semester for any combination of breakfasts, lunches or dinners. Meals left over at the end of the fall semester do not carry over to interterm or spring. To be able to use Flex Dollars remaining on your account at the end of the fall semester you must have a Flex Plan or Block Plan during spring semester. You may use your Block meals to bring as many guests as you like for any meal period.
  • The 40 Block Plan is for commuter students or students who live in Biola apartment housing only. The 175 Block Plan is available to all students.
  • If you purchase a Block Plan in the Fall your meal plan will remain the same for the Spring semester unless you inform Auxiliary Services that you want to make a change. You may inform Auxiliary Services of Spring semester meal plan changes at any time during the Fall semester.
  • Students who use all 40 meals of the 40 Block Plan before the end of a semester may purchase an additional meal plan (even an additional 40 Block plan).
  • Unused meals cannot be refunded or claimed when you leave Biola or after the last class day of the semester, Holiday breaks, Interterm & Summer.
  • Meals will not be provided during Thanksgiving Break, Christmas Break and Easter Break.
  • The Meal Plan Contract does not include Interterm or Summer meal plans. Interterm and Summer meal plans may be purchased separately through the Auxiliary Services Office, Student Services Building.

Commuter Dollars

  • Off-campus students may prepay any dollar amount that can then be spent in the Café, Eagle’s Nest, Common Grounds or the coffee cart. Students can establish an account in the Auxiliary Services Office, Student Services Building. Once the account is established points can be purchased at the Café, Eagle’s Nest, Common Grounds, coffee cart or in the Auxiliary Services office. These dollars can also be used to treat a guest.
  • Commuter dollars carry over from one academic year to another, as long as the student remains enrolled at Biola University.
  • Unused Commuter dollars cannot be refunded, spent or claimed when students leave Biola.

Meal Plan Policies

Residents of single graduate housing and graduate/undergraduate married housing are not required to purchase University meal plans. Those who elect to do so are not held to the Contract in the same way as resident students and may change or cancel their meal plan at any time. All of the following policies apply for residents who do elect to purchase meal plans.

The meal plan you select in the Fall will remain the same for the Spring semester (including the 5 Flex and Block plans) unless you make a change. Spring meal plan changes may be made in MyHousing beginning December 1 (see instructions below).

The meal plan week is Sunday through Saturday.

Uneaten meals are not carried over from week to week or from semester to semester. Specials are on Facebook and Twitter.

The following week’s menu will be posted on the Bon Appetit web site and at the entrance of the Café.

No free meals or credit

  • Financial responsibility for the meal plan begins Opening Day of each semester; there are no "free meal" periods.
  • Credit will not be granted for meals not eaten.

Meal Plans during “late” registration

  • All meal plan holders who have not completely registered by the beginning of late registration will have their meal plan access put on “hold” until they complete registration. When they have completed registration meal plan access will be turned back on.
  • During late registration, students with a hold on their meal plan access may pay cash for meals at the dining facilities. No refund will be given for the days the meal plan is turned off.
  • Students using the Café dining room may leave a $5.00 deposit at each meal which is then refunded once they finalize registration and their meal plan access is restored.

Purchasing/Changing Meal Plans, Adding Flex Dollars

  • Meal plans for off-campus graduate and married students may be increased or decreased at any time.
  • Follow these procedures to purchase or change a meal plan, or to add Flex Dollars:
    • Log into https://my.biola.edu
    • Select the Student tab.
    • Click the Go to MyHousing! link in the MyHousing section of the tab.
    • On the “select a MyHousing System” screen, click the Login button under MyHousing.
    • The Navigation menu in the upper left corner of the screen will list several options. Select Dining.
    • Depending on the time of year, information for more than one term may be displayed. In the section for the correct term, choose either Select a New Dining Plan or Purchase Dining Points from the drop-down menu. Click the Continue button.
    • When you have selected the meal plan you want or added Flex Dollars, click Submit.

Meal Plan Cancellation

  • Residents who check out prior to the end of the semester and who have Biola meal plans must cancel Meal Plan Contracts separately in order to receive a refund.
  • Check out does not constitute cancellation of a Meal Plan Contract. Meal Plan Contracts must be cancelled in person in the Auxiliary Services Office, Student Services Building, or by e-mail to . Residents must not rely on any office, department or personnel to inform Auxiliary Services for them.
  • Failure to comply strictly with cancellation procedures as stated on the Meal Plan Contract will continue to bind the student to all terms of the Meal Plan Contract for the academic year.
  • Failure to use the meal plan does not cancel the Meal Plan Contract.
  • Withdrawal from the University, cancellation, or termination of a Housing Contract do not automatically cancel the Meal Plan Contract. Meal Plan holders must cancel meal plans in person in the Auxiliary Services Office, Student Services Building, or by e-mail to . Meal Plan holders must not rely on any office, department or personnel to inform the Meal Plan Office for them.

Interterm and Summer Meal Plans

  • Interterm and Summer Meal Plan Contracts are optional for all students and must be contracted separately from the academic year Housing & Food Service Contract.
  • Students who have Flex plan Contracts for spring semester may use leftover Flex dollars from the fall semester during Interterm.

Meal plan limitation

One type of meal plan (regular, flex or commuter) is allowed per person. No combination plans are allowed.

ID Card Used For Access

  • The Biola University ID Card is your official photo ID for all University access purposes, including access to the Café and Flex dollar use.
  • Meal Plan holders who forget their ID card but wish to enter the Café will be asked to leave a $5.00 refundable deposit (cash or check). Deposits may be reclaimed at Café Office during business hours by showing the ID card.
  • ID cards will be taken at the Café door for those entering but not eating. If the student then chooses to eat, a meal will be deducted.
  • The replacement cost for lost, stolen or defaced ID cards is $20.

Disciplinary Issues

  • Students involved in food fights, napkin or ice tossing, eating without paying, or other behavioral problems will be asked to leave and will be subject to disciplinary action.
  • Students found sneaking themselves or friends in to the Café without swiping their ID card or paying will be subject to disciplinary action.

Special Diets

Meal Plan holders with food allergies or other health issues can arrange with the Café office to have special meals prepared.

Sack Meals, To Go Meals, Pack-Outs, Etc

  • Meal Plan holders who may miss a meal due to work or class schedule may arrange with the Café office for a sack meal or take out meal.
  • For a nominal fee, Meal Plan holders may purchase a single to-go container for lunch or dinner Café meals, Monday – Friday. The containers are made of biodegradable materials. Student are not permitted to eat in and take out left over food. Food will not be available for takeout at breakfast or weekends. Meal Plan holders may also bring in a personal small plastic container to use for a to-go meal. All other dishes, cups, trays, and utensils must remain in the Café.
  • Meal Plan holders who dine in the Café may take out items within reason, i.e., one piece of fruit, a cookie, one ice cream or one drink to enjoy later. Taking bulk food items is not permitted (i.e., several bagels, a loaf of bread, etc.).
  • Students unable to eat in the Café due to illness may have a friend bring them a to-go meal. The person picking up the food will need the ill student’s ID card.
  • Group pack-outs must be submitted to the Café office 7 days in advance of the event and are for social events organized by official groups on campus. A minimum 48-hour cancellation notice is required to prevent being charged. Meals are not refunded for group pack-outs which are cancelled less than 48 hours in advance. Student meals are taken off beginning on Wednesday the week of the event and cannot be returned; students are urged to plan meal use wisely when involved in one or more pack-out events. The organizing department account number will be charged for meals if any of the participating students do not have available meals on their account.

Hours of Operation

During the Academic Year, food service operations will be open for service according to the following schedule. No meal service is provided during Thanksgiving Break, Christmas Break and Easter Break.

Café Dining Room

Monday – Thursday
Continuous Dining 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Breakfast & Lunch 7:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Dinner 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Saturday Brunch 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Saturday Dinner 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Sunday Continental Breakfast 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
Sunday Brunch 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Sunday Dinner 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Eagle’s Nest

Monday – Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Common Grounds

Monday – Friday 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Sunday 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.


Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Closed weekends

Bon Appétit Office

Monday – Friday
9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Hours of Operation and Menu Information can be found at the Bon Appétit at Biola website.