First-Year Student Dining Plan Playment Schedule

First-Year Student Dining Memberships

The first-year student dining memberships for 2021-2022 offer incoming freshman the flexibility, convenience and value they crave. Students can choose from an always changing and expanding array of meal and snack options throughout their day; from grab-and-go to pop-ups to take-out from their favorite dining venues. Campus Dining features more than 29 dining venues including the brand-new Vista Grande Dining Pavilion, four markets and over 1,000 menu options. With their dining membership, new Mustangs have the freedom to choose what they want, when they want.

Choose from three memberships

Food plays a huge and very personal role in students’ lives, and each relationship with it is different. Some students live to eat, while others are happy to graze and snack their way through the day. For this reason, Campus Dining offers three dining memberships that use a "declining balance system" that works like money on a debit card.

First-Year Club

First-Year Club

Designed for students who can't consume enough calories, the First-Year Club offers the most robust list of features and a number of special perks. This membership keeps a student with a large appetite fueled for success.

The membership with the most benefits, the First-Year Club costs $6,138 and offers $1,734 a quarter to spend on food. All memberships include a $936 operational fee that helps cover the non-food operating costs that go into serving 20,000 meals a day at 29 venues and employing 1,500 students.

Benefits

  • 30 complimentary passes to Sunday brunch at Vista Grande
  • Remaining dining dollars roll over quarter to quarter
  • At year end, remaining dining dollars roll over to 2022-23 with the purchase of a community plan
  • Enrollment in Beverage Club ($600 value)
  • Enrollment in Coffee Club ($900 value)
  • Parents eat free at the second floor of the Vista Grande Dining Pavilion
First-Year Plus

First-Year Plus

Not everyone needs, or has the time for, three squares a day, and for those students there is First-Year Plus. Striking a great balance between special features and cost efficiency, this plan is enough to keep a student with an average appetite fueled for success.

This membership costs $5,598 and offers students $1,554 to spend on food each quarter. All memberships include a $936 operational fee that helps cover the non-food operating costs that go into serving 20,000 meals a day at 29 venues and employing 1,500 students.

Benefits

  • 20 complimentary passes to Sunday brunch at Vista Grande
  • Remaining dining dollars roll over quarter to quarter
  • At year end, remaining dining dollars roll over to 2022-23 with the purchase of a community plan
  • Enrollment in Beverage Club ($600 value)
  • Parents eat free at the second floor of the Vista Grande Dining Pavilion
First-Year Basic

First-Year Basic

For those who are happy to nosh throughout the day, there is the First-Year Basic. This is the most cost-effective membership and offers enough for a student with a light appetite or one who will eat off campus often.

This membership costs $5,157 and offers $1,407 each quarter to spend on food. This membership, like the other two, includes a $936 operational fee that helps cover the non-food operating costs that go into serving 20,000 meals a day at 29 venues and employing 1,500 students.

Benefits

  • 10 complimentary passes to Sunday brunch at Vista Grande
  • Remaining dining dollars roll over quarter to quarter
  • At year end, remaining dining dollars roll over to 2022-23 with the purchase of a community plan
  • Parents eat free at the second floor of the Vista Grande Dining Pavilion

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

Each membership is thoughtfully crafted to meet the needs of individual students. In doing so, each one has its own offerings, benefits and perks that either add value or help to match a budget. Below, each membership’s cost, advantages and sweeteners are laid out to help make the decision you are making a little more clear. If you need some help deciding, take our quiz.

Benefit

First-Year Club

First-Year Plus

First-Year Basic

Complimentary Passes to Sunday brunch at Vista Grande302010
Remaining dining dollars roll over quarter to quarter
At year end, remaining dining dollars roll over to the next academic year with the purchase of a 2022-23 community plan by June 20, 2022
Enrollment in Beverage Club ($600 value)
Enrollment in Coffee Club ($900 value)
Parents eat free at the second floor of Vista Grande
Total Cost$6,138$5,598$5,157

HOW THE MEMBERSHIPS WORK

At the beginning of each quarter, a specific amount of Dining Dollars is added to the student's Poly Card (Cal Poly I.D.). The amount is determined by the membership the student chooses. Then the student simply uses their Poly Card like a debit card at any Campus Dining venue, dollar-for-dollar. This system gives students the liberty to eat what they want, when they want.

SWITCHING MEMBERSHIPS

Campus Dining memberships are convenient, flexible and easy to use. The only hard part is picking the membership that is right for the student. To make the decision stress free, students are allowed to make a one-time switch in dining memberships during the middle of fall quarter from Oct. 27 through Nov. 15, 2021. Their new choice will go into effect the following winter quarter.

PRICING

Wrapped in each membership are a number of factors and costs that go into running a program that supports first-year students and their varied locations, schedules, likes and dislikes, and nutrition requirements. To this end, each membership includes a $936 operational fee that helps cover the non-food costs including equipment and facility maintenance, and employing 1,500 students.

PAYMENT SCHEDULE

Choose to make one annual payment, three quarterly payments or nine monthly payments with the first payment due Sept. 1, 2021 and the last one due May 1, 2022. Initial payment deposits will be applied when fall charges are placed.

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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

All first-year students living in campus housing are required to have a dining plan for the entire academic year. This gives students the convenience of having meals easily accessible so they can focus on their academics and student life.

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Dining Dollars can be used at any Campus Dining venue.

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Each dining membership includes an $936 operational fee that helps cover the non-food operating costs that go into serving 20,000 meals a day at 29 venues and employing 1,500 students. This includes equipment and facility maintenance.

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Dining Dollars roll over to the next quarter, however, funds remaining at the end of the spring quarter are forfeited, unless a membership is purchased and maintained for the 2022-23 academic year by June 20, 2022. These Community Memberships start as low as $250 for the year.

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Students with dietary restrictions should review their dining membership food options at calpolydining.com to determine if their dietary needs can be met prior to submitting their initial payment registration for the Housing and Dining License. Please feel free to reach out to the Campus Dining registered dietitian at [email protected] with specific questions.

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If a student runs out of Dining Dollars before the quarter is over, they can recharge their membership in $100 increments, or put funds on a Campus Express account.

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The Beverage Club is a benefit of the First-Year Club and First-Year Plus memberships, and offers a reusable Cal Poly tumbler loaded with 100 fills a quarter that can be used on any Coke Freestyle fountain drink all day, every day. The Coffee Club is a benefit of the First-Year Club and offers $300 a quarter in handcrafted, brewed coffee or tea drinks every day at any of the coffee locations including Starbucks, Scout Coffee Co., Einstein Bros. Bagels, and Julians. Bottled beverages are not included.

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Every Sunday a special rotating menu of delectable breakfast entrees and sides will be served at Brunch. The aptly named, "Sunday Brunch" is open to everyone with each dining membership including a set number of complimentary passes that can be shared amongst friends and family. Allergen-free options will be available and parents eat for free.

Additional terms and conditions may be found in the Housing and Dining License Agreement Terms and Conditions 2021-2022