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Student Dining Plans

Find answers to questions about purchasing a dining plan, changing a dining plan, using your dining plan and more.

Purchasing a Dining Plan


Am I required to purchase a dining plan?

Students living in WVU residence halls are required to purchase an on-campus dining plan. Studies show that students who eat and live on campus tend to be more academically successful, engaged and more likely to graduate. Students living off campus are not required to purchase a plan; however, more than 2,000 students who live off campus choose to purchase WVU dining plans each year.

As a student living in a residence hall, how do I determine which on-campus dining plan is right for me?

Our dining plans for residential students are available at several price points and offer flexibility in the number of weekly meals:

The Go 10 plan is ideal for:

  • Students who have access to a kitchen and cook some of their own meals.
  • Students who eat a couple meals a day and are away from campus most weekends.
  • Students who prefer to eat most of their meals outside of dining halls.

The Go 13 plan is ideal for:

  • Students who are away from campus most weekends.
  • Students who sometimes eat fewer than three meals a day.
  • Night owls who like to sleep in, skip breakfast and use Dining Dollars for late-night options.

The Go Anytime plan is ideal for:

  • Students who frequently are on campus and don’t often visit home on the weekends.
  • Health-conscious students or those with food allergies.
  • Students who like to have several snacks and meals throughout the day.
  • Students who like to eat three or more meals a day.

As a student living off campus, what dining plans are available to me?

WVU offers a variety of plans for off-campus students looking for the convenience of eating at campus locations. View all dining plans.

How do I purchase a dining plan?

To purchase a dining plan, log into mymountaineercard.wvu.edu with your WVU Login credentials. Choose the “Purchase Dining Plan” option and follow the prompts.

Note: The MyMountaineerCard website is not compatible with Internet Explorer. We recommend using Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

Changing a Dining Plan


May I change my plan?

Yes, you can change your plan at mymountaineercard.wvu.edu before a new semester begins. Contact us if you have questions.

May I add more meal swipes to a Prime plan?

If you use all the meal swipes included in your Prime dining plan, you may purchase a new dining plan to get more meal swipes. Go to mymountaineercard.wvu.edu to make changes.

What happens if I run out of meals on the Go 10 or Go 13 plans?

Dining Dollars are included as part of any Go plan, and they can be used to purchase meals at any of the residential dining halls if students use all of their meals allotted for the week.

Dining Dollars also may be used in any of WVU Dining Services’ restaurant-style locations if students wish to purchase meals in those locations to supplement their weekly allotment.

Using a Dining Plan


May I get my meal to-go from residential dining halls?

Yes. All of the residential dining halls offer a takeout option. Consider going green and enrolling in the Reusable Dining To-Go Box Program.

When may I start using my dining plan?

Summer 2022 dining plans are active from Monday, May 16 through Saturday, Aug. 6 (ending at 2 p.m.). Fall 2022 dining plans can be used starting Aug. 8 and will end on Dec. 17 at noon.

How do I use my dining plan?

You can swipe your WVU ID card at any residential dining location. If you're visiting Hatfields in the Mountainlair, you can wave your hand for quick entry. Learn more about the biometric scanner program.

What is a “meal swipe?"

Anytime you eat at a WVU Dining facility, you can use your WVU ID card (or biometric scan where available) to take advantage of meal swipes, Dining Dollars and/or Mountie Bounty. A meal swipe is a single transaction used to eat one meal at a residential dining location.

Beginning this fall, students with a Go 10, Go 13 or Go Anytime plan can use up to two of their existing meal swipes per week to purchase a combo meal at many retail dining locations on campus.

If a restaurant accepts meal swipes, Dining Dollars and Mountie Bounty, how do you know which one to use?

Unless otherwise requested, dollars will be deducted in the following order: meal swipes, Dining Dollars then Mountie Bounty. If you want to use a specific payment for a purchase, be sure to let the cashier know at the point of sale.

If I have leftover meal swipes in a week, may I use a swipe for friend?

No. Swiping for individuals other than the Dining Plan account owner are not permitted. However, you may use Dining Dollars or Mountie Bounty for this situation. We recommend choosing the dining plan that aligns most closely with your lifestyle to avoid having extra meals at the end of a semester.

Where may I use my dining plan?

Most meal swipes included in dining plans must be used at dining halls. However, beginning this fall, students with a Go 10, Go 13 or Go Anytime plan can use up to two of their existing meal swipes per week to purchase a combo meal at many retail dining locations on campus.

Dining Dollars included as part of each dining plan may be used at dining halls or any retail location.

If I have a Go 10 or Go 13 plan, do my meals roll over to the next week if I don’t use them?

No. Unused meals do not roll over from week to week. Students should be sure to use all of their available meals each week. Further, while Dining Dollars roll over from the fall to spring semester, any unused meal swipes will expire at the end of the fall semester.

Note: A dining plan “week” begins Saturday morning and continues through Friday evening. A new weekly allotment of meal will be available each Saturday morning.

If I purchased the Go Anytime plan, is there a limit to how many times I may enter a residential dining hall?

No. There are no daily or weekly limits on how many times you may enter a residential dining hall. You may go to a residential dining hall for breakfast, pop in for a snack between classes, have lunch and dinner and head back for an evening dessert. The only restriction is you must wait 15 minutes between each swipe of your WVU ID card.

If I have a Go 10 or Go 13 plan, is there a limit on the number of meals I may use per day?

No. There is no daily limit on the number of meals you may use in a day. Depending on the plan you choose, you may use up to 10 or 13 meals per day.

Can I check the menu at the residential dining halls before I go?

Yes. You can view them on the Bite app. If you have special dietary or allergy concerns, you can use the Bite app to filter and view menu items that best fit your lifestyle.

What is considered a “retail dining” location?

Retail dining locations include the restaurants at the Mountainlair (except for Hatfields), Evansdale Crossing and The Market @ WVU (Health Sciences), campus coffee shops and campus quick-service locations. They are any location that is not a WVU dining hall.

What is considered a “residential dining” location?

Residential dining locations are the WVU dining halls - Café Evansdale, Hatfields and Summit Cafe.

Using Dining Dollars and Mountie Bounty


Where may I use Dining Dollars?

Dining Dollars may be used at any WVU Dining on-campus dining location. Dining Dollars may be used for a meal at a residential dining location, to purchase food from a retail restaurant location or food and drink at a grab-and-go location and/or coffee shop.

Do my Dining Dollars roll over from the fall semester to the spring?

If you purchase a spring dining plan, your Dining Dollars from the fall semester will roll over to the spring semester. However, any unused Dining Dollars at the end of the spring semester of each academic year will be forfeited.

What is Mountie Bounty?

Mountie Bounty is a pre-paid debit plan that can be used at every WVU Dining location and at any many other businesses on- and off-campus, including CVS, IHOP, McDonalds, Panera Bread, Sheetz and more. View the IT support article for a complete list of locations. You can add Mountie Bounty funds to your WVU ID card via a credit card payment. Balances carry forward to the next semester, and refunds can be requested upon graduation. Mountie Bounty can be refilled any time at mymountaineercard.wvu.edu.

How can I check my dining plan or Dining Dollars balance?

Your Dining Dollars balance and your remaining dining plan meal swipes may be reviewed at mymountaineercard.wvu.edu. Also, whenever you make a purchase, the remaining balance will appear at the bottom of your sales receipt.

What is the difference between Dining Dollars and Mountie Bounty?

The money you deposit into your Mountie Bounty account may be used at all WVU Dining Services locations, as well as other participating vendors on campus (e.g., WVU Bookstore, Jazzmans, Evansdale Crossing, residence hall laundry facilities, etc.) and off campus. Dining Dollars are specific to WVU Dining Services’ locations.

Additionally, Mountie Bounty funds carry over each semester, while Dining Dollars carry over from the fall to the spring semester (if you purchase a spring dining plan) but do not roll over beyond that time period.