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Residential Meal Plans

All meal plan offerings are designed to provide the most value for students in the Commons Dining Hall. The Commons is an “all you care to eat” venue and allows a wide variety of food for students. From a fresh salad bar to made-to-order pasta and stir-fry, students will experience a wide range of flavors and options. Deli sandwiches, grilled and fried items, as well as, comfort-food are available all day in the Commons.* The Open Access Premium and the Open Access plans are a great way to enjoy the offerings of the Commons Dining hall.

 All undergraduate students living on campus are required to have an Unlimited Plan or the Scarlet 230. The Gray 150 and Talon 50 are reserved for students who have an in-unit kitchen or are commuters. However, any student can purchase a meal plan of greater value at any time. Graduate students living in MSV-Graduate Hall may opt to have access to the Grad Hall Kitchen [see below].

The Block Plans allow students to use meals in the Commons Dining Hall and exchange some meals at other retail venues on campus each semester [details listed below].  All plans offer bonus points that can be use at any retail location on campus.

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Commuter Plans and Tech Cash

Non-residential students are invited to participate in Illinois Tech’s meal plan program. 

Commuter students are an important part of our community and are invited to purchase a meal plan. “Meal Plan Only” contracts are available for any student who does live in a residence hall.  All plans listed below are available to Commuter students. This meal plan option will be available on August 1, 2018.

Additionally, Tech Cash can be purchased through Access Card and Parking Services. Tech Cash is ideal for students who wish to purchase items at IIT dining facilities that don't serve full meals.

Meal Plan Choices for the 2018-2019 Academic Year

Meal Plan
Meals per week (Sunday to Saturday)
Bonus Points (per semester)
Meal Exchanges (per semester)
2018-2019 Academic Year Rate (per person)
2018-2019 Charge per Semester (per person)

Hawk Unlimited Premium

Unlimited visits to the Commons Dining Hll

200

N/A

$6,710.00

$3,355.00

**Hawk Unlimited

Unlimited visits to the Commons Dining Hll

100

N/A

$6,550.00

$3,275.00

Scarlet 230

230 per semester

75

35

$5,000.00

$2,500.00

Gray 150

150 per semester

125

35

$3,600.00

$1,800.00

Talon 50

50 per semester

200

10

$1,590.00

$795.00

*Default meal plan for on-campus residents who select a meal plan outside of their eligibility

HawkCard

Your HawkCard serves as your meal card. Present your card upon entering the Commons or at the point of sale for use at retail locations. Card holder must be present for meals/bonus points/exchanges to be used.

Bonus Points

Bonus points are declining balance funds that can be used for meals or snacks at any IIT Dining location on campus. Unused bonus points roll from Fall to Spring Semester. However, they expire at the end of the Spring semester.

Meal Exchanges

Meal exchanges can be used during the lunch or dinner hours at most IIT Dining retail locations on campus. Each location has its own unique meal exchange menu from which students can chose. Meal exchanges typically include an entrée, side, and beverage. Unused meal exchanges do not carry over from semester to semester.

Graduate Hall Kitchen Program

Residents of Graduate Hall whose class standing is designated as “graduate” are provided with card access to the Graduate Hall Kitchen.  The Hawk ID is used for access.

Express Meals

Too busy to eat in the Commons? All meal plan holders can utilize the Express Meal option in the Commons during posted hours.

Changing Your Meal Plan

During each semester, all meal plan holders have the option to change their meal plan within the designated meal plan change period. All changes go into effect on the Sunday after approval is granted. Changes outside of the designated meal plan change periods are subject to proration (if applicable) and may be denied if the student has exceeded designated usage.

Meal plans may be cancelled only if you are cancelling your housing contract or are a commuter requesting to cancel for the spring prior to the conclusion of the fall semester. Moving rooms does not automatically cancel or change your meal plan. Mid-year cancellations are subject to proration for time on the meal plan. The Scarlet 230, Gray 150 and Talon 50 cannot be prorated.

Cancelling Your Meal Plan

Meal plans can only be canceled if you are either canceling your housing contract or are a commuter requesting to cancel for the spring prior to the conclusion of the fall semester. Moving rooms does not automatically cancel or change your meal plan. Mid-year cancellations are subject to proration for time on the meal plan. The Scarlet 230, Gray 150 and Talon 50 cannot be prorated and terminators are expected to pay for the meal plan in full.

Failure to use the meal plan does not cancel your financial responsibility for paying for the meal plan.

 Special Dining Hours

The dining schedule for each semester, late summer, and during school breaks are as follows:

Fall Semester and Winter Break

  • Fall meal plans start on the designated date of your approved move in at lunch and end with dinner the Saturday of Finals Week. 
  • The Commons is closed and there are limited meal options over Winter Break starting the Sunday after Fall Finals until the Monday of Spring classes.

Spring Semester and Finals

  • Spring meal plans start with breakfast the first day of Spring classes and end with dinner the Saturday of finals week.
  • The Commons is closed and there are limited meal options the Sunday of spring semester finals through the Monday of summer classes.

Summer Finals to Fall Opening Day

The Commons is closed and there are limited meal options the Sunday of summer finals through Opening Day, the Wednesday prior to the start of fall classes.