Meal Plan Policy

Meal Plan Swipes

All funds and plans purchased for use in M Dining locations at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities Campus are for the personal use of the owner of the account or plan only and are non-transferable. M Dining funds and plans cannot be used as a gift card or gift certificate.

Except as otherwise expressly stated in these terms, all M Dining plans are non-refundable and will expire on the last day of the current semester or at the earlier of the last day of enrollment or employment, as applicable.

Residence Hall Meal Plan Change Requests

Beginning on Monday, September 6, 2021, students living in a traditional Residence Hall may request a change to their Fall 2021 Semester meal plan by visiting The deadline to request a change to their Fall 2021 Semester meal plan is 5:00pm on Friday, September 17, 2021. This link will also be emailed to students. Failure to read the email does not exempt students from the Fall 2021 Meal Plan Change process or its deadlines. Please note: the meal plan change website is only accessible by a student's University login information. Parent-guest access does not carry over to the meal plan change website.

Charges and credits for changing plans are prorated based on the type of plan, the date of the change request, and FlexDine usage. There are no fees assessed for changing plans.

*This refers to students living in Bailey, Centennial, Pioneer, Comstock, Frontier, Middlebrook, Sanford, Territorial, and 17th Avenue. Students living in the on-campus apartments should refer to the "University Apartment & Commuter Meal Plan Change Requests" topic below.

University Apartment & Commuter Meal Plan Change Requests

Cancellation Policy: Apartment, Commuter, and Faculty & Staff meal plans may be cancelled within 5 business days of initial purchase. If the plan is purchased before the beginning of the semester, the first day of meal service for the semester will be used as the purchase date. Refunds will be prorated based on the type of plan, the date of the cancellation request and FlexDine usage. There are no fees assessed for cancelling meal plans.

Change Policy: Apartment, Commuter, and Faculty & Staff plans purchased prior to the beginning of the fall or spring semester may be changed through the end of the second week of the semester. For the Fall 2021 Semester, the change request deadline is September 17, 2021.

Plans purchased after the beginning of Fall or Spring semester may be changed within 10 business days of purchase. When applicable, refunds will be processed to the original form of payment or may be converted to FlexDine.

To request a cancellation or change, please email M Dining at Please provide your name, student ID number and the specifics of your request. Once your request has been processed you will receive an email notification.

If you have additional questions, please review our FAQ sections, call us at 612-624-0558 or email us at


M Dining Meal Plans and FlexDine funds are non-refundable and non-transferable. Unused M Dining FlexDine balances remaining on your U Card at the end of each semester will remain available for your use until they are used or until one year of inactivity occurs on the account. After one year of inactivity, any funds remaining will revert back to the University of Minnesota's general fund.

For students who withdraw from the University, FlexDine refunds will be considered for purchases made in the current semester. Any Bonus FlexDine received in the current academic year will not be included in the refund amount. To request a refund after withdrawing from the University, please email with your specific request, proof of withdraw (transcript or a letter from your advisor), and student ID.