Visits or Meal Swipes
All dining plans (with the exception of the Dining Dollars Only plan) include visits, also known as meal swipes, which allow students to visit our residential cafés. Each time you eat in a residential cafe, one visit is subtracted from your semester visit allowance. Visits that are allotted with your initial dining plan do not carry over from the Fall into the Spring semester. Unused visits in the Spring expire on Commencement Day (for Academic Year dining plans). All visits are non-refundable.
All dining plans include Dining Dollars, which are credits toward a la carte retail food purchases or additional all-you-care-to-eat visits at the dining halls. Students may add Dining Dollars to their dining plan at any time by going online to Campus Express. Dining Dollars are non-refundable and expire on Commencement Day (May 15, 2023, for Academic Year dining plans.)
Students may add additional visits to their dining plan at any time by going online to Campus Express. Add-on visits (or swipes) may be purchased in quantities of 15, 25, 50, 75, or 100. These additional visits are non-refundable and cannot be removed from a plan once added. All visits including add-on visits will expire on the last day of finals. Any add-on visits purchased in the Fall semester will carry over into the Spring semester. Add-on swipes purchased during the Summer will only be valid through the end of Summer Session II.
All dining plans (except the Dining Dollars Only, Grad, and Summer dining plans) come with up to 10 guest visits per year (five in the Fall and five in the Spring), allowing students to host family and friends in the residential dining cafes. Guest visits can be used one at a time, or all five at the same time. When using a guest visit, simply tell the cashier, and they will deduct the visit from the guest visits balance.
Guest visits can also be used for personal use once all regular visits have been exhausted. When using a guest visit for personal use, simply tell the cashier that you are using a guest visit. Additional guests are always welcome, provided they pay the meal period rate at the door. Students may also charge additional guest meals above the 10 allowed per year to their Dining Dollars, PennCash or SFS accounts. Guest swipes are included in the total swipe balance for each plan.
Example: FY296 Plan = 296 swipes per semester (291 regular swipes +5 guest swipes)
Please note: Funds purchased during the prior Academic Year do not roll over into the Summer. Similarly, all unused funds from Summer dining plans expire at the end of Summer Session II.