Meal Plan Info for Students

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What is a meal plan?

A meal plan is a plan given to both resident and commuter students so they are able to eat and interact on campus. The meal plan has a ClipperCash account which students can use for activities and services on and off campus without having to carry cash. The meal plan also has a dining dollar account for food on campus. Our goal is to integrate both commuting and resident students so both groups are able to experience a full college life. Students can enjoy a meal while working on a project or just grab a snack between classes.

Types of meal plans

There are five meal plans:
  1. The 19 meal plan is an optional upgrade from the mandatory 14 meal plan if you are living in Peabody, Bowditch or Marsh Hall or upgrade from the Resident meal plan if you are living at Atlantic Hall or Bates Complex. This plan offers 19 meals per week (three meals a day, Monday through Friday, and two meals on Saturday and Sunday). Plus $100 dining dollars and $75 ClipperCash. The 19 meal plan is a true value priced only $150 over the 14 meal plan a year!
  2. The 14 meal plan is mandatory for all students living in Peabody, Bowditch or Marsh Hall. The plan includes 14 meals per week (options to choose: breakfast, lunch or dinner, Monday through Friday, and brunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday, 14 times per week), plus $200 dining dollars and $75 ClipperCash. With this option students are able to make the most of their meal plans by choosing which meals suit their needs.
  3. The 10 meal plan is great for students living in Atlantic Hall or Bates Complex who do not want to cook for themselves. The plan includes 10 meals per week (options to choose: breakfast, lunch or dinner, Monday through Friday, and brunch and dinner Saturday and Sunday, 10 times per week), plus $200 dining dollars, and $75 ClipperCash. 
  4. The Resident Meal Plan, which is mandatory for all residents living in Atlantic Hall or the Bates Complex (unless they choose the 10 meal plan), includes $255 dining dollars and $75 ClipperCash.
  5. The Commuter Meal Plan, which is mandatory for all first year students at Salem State University and is automatically given to all full-time (12 credits or more) day students, includes $255 dining dollars and $75 ClipperCash.

Where to eat board meals: 

  • *Dining Commons on North Campus serves breakfast and dinner, Monday through Thursday, and just breakfast Friday. Lunch will also be served at the dining commons but dining dollars will be charged. Lunch is not a board meal at the Dining Commons on North Campus.
  • *Marsh Hall Dining Commons on Central Campus serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, Monday through Friday, and brunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday.
  • *Board meals may not be taken to go. All board meals must be eaten in the dining halls.

All meal plans are per semester which means the funds are added every semester. For example: if you have the commuter meal plan you will receive $255 dining and $75 ClipperCash twice a year. Once at the start of the fall and once at the start of the spring semesters.

What if I do not want the plan and was given it anyway?

Simple!

All residents are required to have a meal plan, it is mandatory. If you have a dietary restriction and are unable to eat on campus, please come to the ClipperCard office and we will work together with Chartwells Food Services to find the best solution to fit your needs.

Commuters who are full time day students are automatically given the commuter meal plan every semester. This plan is mandatory for all first year students (Freshman and first year Transfer students). If you are an upperclassman, the plan is voluntary and you may request be to be removed from it each semester. To do so, you need to drop the plan during the designated times at the start of each semester by contacting the Bursar or ClipperCard office. The deadline to drop the commuter meal plan for the fall  2014 semester is 3 pm on Friday, September 26, 2014. After the deadline has past you are required to keep the plan. After contact has been made to drop the commuter meal plan it is ultimately the cardholders responsibility to verify the commuter meal plan has been removed from the subsequent bill.