Dining Plan Budget Buddy

Eating on campus is a favorite topic among incoming freshman. And for good reason: students love food and want to make the most of their meal credits and declining balance funds. At Campus Dining, eating is easy with over 25 different dining venues on campus to choose from including three markets, three food trucks and more than 1,000 delicious options. Budgeting meal credits and declining balance funds, however, is not so simple for those new to campus. That's why we created budget buddy, a budget management tool to help keep students on track. Just click on the appropriate dining plan below to view the meal credit and declining balance fund target.

As of today, there are days till the end of Spring Quarter 2017. This is the target balance for the Mustang All Flex dining plan.

Declining Balance

Starting balance:
$ 1517.00

Meal Credits

Starting balance:
meal credits

Targeted balance:
$

Targeted balance:
credits

Targeted balance based on 11 weeks in standard quarter. Calculated per second.

As of today, there are days till the end of Spring Quarter 2017. This is the target balance for the Mustang 180 dining plan.

Declining Balance

Starting balance:
$ 175.00

Meal Credits

Starting balance:
180 meal credits

Targeted balance:
$

Targeted balance:
credits

Targeted balance based on 11 weeks in standard quarter. Calculated per second.

As of today, there are days till the end of Spring Quarter 2017. This is the target balance for the Mustang 150 dining plan.

Declining Balance

Starting balance:
$ 283.00

Meal Credits

Starting balance:
150 meal credits

Targeted balance:
$

Targeted balance:
credits

Targeted balance based on 11 weeks in standard quarter. Calculated per second.

Balance too low?

Students with a balance that is nearing zero can add money to their Campus Express account, which they can use at any dining venue. They can access Campus Express dining programs through the Money Matters tab on the Cal Poly portal.

Balance too high?

Students who find themselves with a large number of remaining meal credits or sizeable declining dollar balance at the end of the quarter have a few options. They can utilize multiple meal credits per day. There is no limit. Also, they can donate up to 10 meals per year to the Meal Share program. With extra declining balance funds, they can stock up on grocery items like snacks, drinks and personal items at all Campus Dining markets. Cal Poly products like chocolate, jam and BBQ sauce are a market staple and make great gifts to bring home.

Staying on Budget.

The trick to staying on budget is for students to monitor their balance. Students can keep up to date on their meal credit and declining balance funds through the Cal Poly portal. They can also swipe their PolyCard at any register at all Campus Dining operations to see their remaining balance. Meal credits expire at the end of each quarter, and declining balance funds roll over quarter to quarter and expire at the end of the academic year. So students should check their balance often, at least weekly. It's a new habit to add to their college life list, like calling home once a week to let everyone know how things are going!

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