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Required Food Plan for Residential Students

Residential Student Dining Plan

MCAD recognizes the importance of healthy eating and easy access to food for academic success. While MCAD’s residential apartments provide fully equipped kitchens, MCAD also has a full-service, on-campus Cafe serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. Resident students are required to purchase a declining-balance dining plan, referred to as Dining Dollars, for use in the MCAD Cafe or at the Micro Market. The plan will be charged each semester along with tuition and MCAD apartment rent. Students have the option of choosing between two plans and may add additional funds to any plan at any time.

Options include:
  • $1,400 Dining Dollars each semester. This plan provides approximately 10 meals a week at $9 each.
  • $2,000 Dining Dollars each semester. This plan provides approximately 14 meals a week at $9 each.

Please keep in mind that this is an approximation and depends on how much the student actually spends and eats at each meal.

A week before the first day of classes, resident students will be sent an email on how to access their food plan funds through a Chowit App on your mobile phone or using your laptop.  It will include step by step instructions (including a video) on using the funds.  Features of the Chowit app include:

  • Discover special offers, events, and promotions.
  • For resident students, check your meal plan balance in real-time.   
  • Pay for your cafe purchases with a virtual card or linked to your credit card.
  • Provide feedback to help us improve your dining experience.
  • Coming Soon! - View daily and weekly menus from all our dining locations on campus.
  • Coming Soon! Order ahead to skip the lines and save time.

If a student withdraws from MCAD, they will be refunded following MCAD’s refund policy. If a student withdraws and the balance left in their food plan is less than the prorated refund, they will be refunded the actual remaining balance.

The unused MCAD Dining Dollars will carry over from the Fall semester to the Spring semester; however, any balance of unused funds at the end of Spring semester will be forfeited.

Exemptions from participating in this food plan can be found in the Food Plan Exemption Policy.