MCAD recognizes the importance of healthy eating and easy access to food for academic success for students. While MCAD’s residential apartments provide fully equipped kitchens, MCAD also has an on-campus cafe serving breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks on weekdays during the academic year. To promote healthy eating habits, new incoming resident students are required to purchase a $600 per semester declining balance food plan to be used in the MCAD Cafe. Returning students have the option to opt-out of the food plan during the 2021/22 academic year. Beginning in 2022/23, all resident students will be required to participate in the food plan. The plan will be charged each semester along with tuition and MCAD apartment rent. Student’s may choose to add additional funds to the minimum plan.
By the first day of the semester, residential students will receive via email a virtual MCAD Cafe card which should be kept on a personal mobile device. The card operates much like an electronic gift card and can be used in person or via mobile phone. The virtual card allows for ease of payment and the ability to view or increase the card balance.
If a student withdraws from MCAD, they will be refunded following MCAD's refund policy. If a student withdraws and the balance left in the food plan is less than the prorated refund, the student will be refunded the actual remaining balance in the account.
The balance of the unused MCAD Cafe card will carry over from semester to 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.