Student Dining Agreement Terms & Conditions 

The following information is not intended to be comprehensive and is subject to change. Tuition, fees, and charges are subject to change by administrative, federal or state legislative changes, or University of Memphis Board of Trustees action, and changes become effective on the date enacted. Tuition and fee charges for all courses will be assessed by a student’s level and residency status.  Students enrolled in the UM-Global are assessed tuition and fees based on the level of their program. The University reserves the right to correct errors in student fee assessments and charges which are discovered subsequent to the initial billings or fee statements.



These terms and conditions shall apply to the meal plans offered by the University of Memphis (UM) which can be found online at UofM Dining.  The terms and conditions of this agreement apply to residential students (i.e. residing in UofM Housing) as well as to non-residential students (i.e., students residing in an off-campus location), subject to the particular requirements of the plan which are detailed herein.

General Overview

UM offers several options for students which are subject to these terms and conditions.  All Meal Plans described below are nontransferable and non-assignable.  Usage of meal plans is subject to University closures and dining facility operations’ calendars. 

Tiger Eat$:  All full-time undergraduate students enrolled in at least 12 credit hours and having at least one credit hour of class on campus are automatically enrolled in the Tiger Eat$ plan. Under the Tiger Eat$ program, $300 per semester is loaded to the student’s valid University ID Campus Card for use at all campus dining locations, Starbucks, and vending. Tiger Eat$ funds are subject to continued enrollment and expire (i.e. are forfeited) at the end of the Spring semester (per the University academic calendar), if the student leaves the University, or if the student is released from the contract for any reason.

Flex Bucks: This declining balance plan is included on certain General Meal Plans.  Flex Bucks may be used in all campus restaurant and market locations with the exception of the bookstore Starbucks location or vending operations.  Flex Bucks will carry forward from Fall to Spring, provided that the student remains enrolled at the University and on a valid meal plan.  Flex Bucks funds are subject to continued enrollment and expire (i.e. are forfeited) at the end of the Spring semester (per the University academic calendar), if the student leaves the University, or if the student is released from the contract for any reason.

General Meal Plans: These plans provide resident and non-resident students with a semester or weekly allotment of meals in addition to a specified Flex Bucks allotment.  Pricing is dependent upon the number of meals purchased. General Meal Plans are purchased for the duration of an academic year; therefore, Plans are renewed automatically from Fall to Spring. General Meal Plans run from Sunday-Saturday during each semester. Meals are not valid between semesters or during Spring Break (Saturday to Sunday). Meal counts are not subject to carry forward from week to week and unused meal counts will not carry forward from Fall to Spring.

Dining Hall Policies

UofM Dining reserves the right to control the use of Meal Plans as well as implement and enforce policies regarding student and guest behavior, attire, and frequency of use within its dining facilities.


Meal Plan charges are posted to student accounts and are payable according to standard semester due dates for tuition and fees, as posted on the University & Student Business Services site. Any Meal Plan charges generated after the due date for tuition and fees are due and payable immediately.  Failure to pay fees or make use of the Meal Plan does not constitute a release from the Meal Plan/Student Dining Agreement with the University.  All fees associated with the purchase of a Meal Plan may be financed through a payment plan with University and Student Business Services. Unpaid charges may result in registration and transcript holds.

Students residing in UofM Housing who opt to purchase a Meal Plan will not be assessed state/local sales tax on their meal plan purchase. Non-residential students who opt to purchase a Meal Plan will be assessed state/local sales tax when purchasing a meal plan.

Dining charges are subject to change within the discretion of the University and changes become effective on the date enacted. The University of Memphis reserves the right to correct errors for any dining plan charges which are discovered subsequent to the initial billing or fee statements.

Accommodations and Exemptions

UofM strives to provide a variety of meal options, including vegetarian and vegan selections. Although not guaranteed, special diets can generally be accommodated within our regular offerings.  Students with special diets must provide appropriate paperwork or a dietary plan from the student’s physician documenting a need for exemption from meal plan requirements. UofM Dining cannot assume any liability for adverse reactions to food consumed, or items one may come in contact with while eating at any UofM Dining facility or catered event.

For periods of sickness or hospitalization, a Meal Plan exemption and/or refund can be requested for meals missed during periods of sickness or hospitalization. Medical verification must be provided USBS Campus Card Office via email at campuscard@memphis.edu in order to begin the appeals process for a medical exemption refund.  Only one appeal per student per year will be considered.


Residential students who contract for a residential Meal Plan and subsequently move out of UofM housing will be converted to the non-resident student version of their current Meal Plan. Applicable state/local sales tax will be added to the remaining portion of the Meal Plan and charged to the student’s Tiger Xpress account. 

Term and Cancellation

Meal plan selections are made for the entire academic year. The initial meal plan selection can be changed through the 2nd Friday of the term in which the initial meal plan selection is made. A meal plan selected in the fall term will be the same in effect for the spring term and changes cannot be made for the spring. Students making their first meal plan selection in the spring will have until the 2nd Friday of the spring term to make any meal plan change.

Due to each plan having a unique daily rate, an additional charge or credit may be incurred if the student changes their plan after the semester begins.

Meal Plan purchases are effective at the beginning of each semester term with the first meal served, which is typically breakfast on or before the first day of classes for that term. The last meal served for the semester term will be the evening meal of the last day of final exams for that semester term.  All scheduled serving days are in accordance with the University academic calendar and are subject to change if the calendar should be revised. 

Meal Plan contracts may only be cancelled upon a student’s withdrawal from the University.  Approved contract cancellations will be refunded, in accordance with the UofM’s published refund schedule on the University and Student Business Services website, based on the date the student applies to cancel or the last day the plan is used, whichever comes later.

Credits & Refunds

Students who wish to make a change to their Meal Plan selection may do so within the approved time frame. Those students making that change within the approved time frame will receive a credit for their existing Meal Plan and/or a new charge for the Plan they are changing to.  Credit amounts will be calculated in proportion to the date of the change. Exceptions include the Blue 50/80/100 Plans as those plans are based on an entire semester and carry a semester dollar rate.

Students, meeting necessary criteria, who are released from their Meal Plan/Student Dining Agreement with the University will be refunded the unused meals portion of their Meal Plan based on the Meal Plan/UofM Dining refund schedule. This refund schedule is pursuant to the UofM’s published schedule on the University and Student Business Services website. Students will also be refunded the unused amount of Tiger Eat$ funds based on the amount already spent.

The University will adhere to the following schedule for the refunding of Meal Plan charges to students officially withdrawing from the University or those released from their contract during an academic term, regardless of reason. The effective date for any Meal Plan refund will be the date that the student officially withdraws, has the Meal Plan account invalidated, or is released from the contract, whichever occurs later. Percentages reflected below will be adjusted for the actual amount of Tiger Eat$ and/or Flex Bucks used prior to release from the Meal Plan.

Dining Agreement Percent of Refund

Refunds will not be given for meals missed due to academic scheduling conflicts or trips taken by the resident for academic or extracurricular purposes.

Contact Us

For billing inquiries, dining plan questions, appeals or ID card questions, questions, please contact University and Student Business Services at 901-678-CARD (2273) or via email at campuscard@memphis.edu  for general questions or dining concerns, please contact UofM Dining (901) 395-7584.