The university will replace the current meal plans with four new ones — A, A1, B and C — for the 2015-2016 school year. The meal plans will include Forester Bucks in addition to the Flex Dollars.
Freshman are required to select between Meal Plan A and A1.
Meal Plan A will provide four meals per day, up to 20 meals a week. It will include $50 Flex dollars and $25 Forester Bucks per semester.
Meal Plan A1 will provide three meals per day, up to 20 per week. It will include $50 Flex dollars and $25 Forester Bucks per semester.
Meal Plan B will provide four meals per day, up to 15 per week. It will include $50 Flex dollars and $25 Forester Bucks per semester.
Meal Plan C — exclusive to Forester Village, Miller and Meadows residents — will provide five meals per week. It will include $50 Flex dollars per semester. Forester bucks will not be included.
A1 is the only meal plan that will offer transferable meals.
Forester Bucks will work like the current Flex Dollars. However, instead of the 30 percent up-charge, the Forester Bucks will pay dollar-for-dollar and will be accepted on campus and off campus, Ron Coffey, Ph.D., said. The bookstore will also accept Forester Bucks. The cost of Flex Bucks will be exclusive to meal plans A, A1, and B and will be paid for by the university.
Flex Dollars will be available on-campus only.
Coffey, Ph.D., said the university considered plans to change the meal plans a few years ago.
“We talked with some of the student groups, and we didn’t take it before the entire Student Senate,” Coffey said. “[But] there were a sub-group of senators that did meet to give some feedback and so forth.”
These students were asked what changes in the meal plans would interest them.
“Number one was how do we keep cost in check?” Coffey said. “We were able to keep the prices the same this year, and we’re going to work hard to keep a handle on prices. [Transferability] was a value from them to be able to take a friend or a family member [to swipe for].”
Junior Jessica Miller said the new meal plan C will benefit her lifestyle.
“I like meal plan C because I will be living in Forester Village, and so that will be the perfect amount of meals for me,” she said.
Sophomore Eric Baker said he does not see the point of the university changing the plans but does see the value in Forester Bucks.
“As far as the Forester Bucks, I think it is a good replacement since we can no longer use Flex Dollars in the bookstore as of this year,” Baker said. “Last year, that was very convenient. So hopefully Forester Bucks make life simpler.”