Meal Plan Policies

The Basics

The Meal Plan is required for all students under the university's policy regarding student housing. Resident first and second-year students are required to purchase a Blue, Kent, or Gold Plus Meal Plan. The dining contract is for the academic year, paid for by semester. University Culinary Services will advance all unused Declining Balance in your Meal Plan account while you remain a student at Kent State University. This will occur regardless of the meal plan you have.

Funds remaining in your Meal Plan account at the time of your departure from the university (academic dismissal, non-enrollment, or graduation) revert back to the university and shall NOT be refunded. Meal Plan accounts are not transferable.

In the event of an authorized contract release from the Meal Plan portion of the contract through the seventh week of the semester, you will be refunded in accordance with the University Housing Contract.

Selection of a University Culinary Services Meal Plan comes with your ID for campus called the FLASHcard, which allows you purchasing power or swipes equivalent to the plan you have selected.  Here is how it works: The FLASHcard is your proof of person at KSU and houses three accounts: your Meal Plan, a PNC Bank account and FLASHcash. For more information on these accounts please contact the FLASHcard Office online, or by phone at (330) 672-2273.

Learn more about the Meal Plan

Lost or stolen FLASHcards

Lost or stolen FLASHcards can be replaced. In the event that your card is misplaced, call or stop by the FLASHcard office, located on the 1st floor of the Kent Student Center or call (330) 672-2273. If your card is lost or stolen after normal business hours you can stop by any cashier at any University Culinary Services location and they will be able to assist you.

Policies and Procedures

One of our main goals is to provide a pleasant, clean, comfortable and satisfying dining experience while helping the environment. In order to meet this goal, we ask for your assistance with the following procedures:

  • Please pay attention to the recycling bins located next to each trash can.
  • Please refrain from using to-go containers if you are planning on dining in location. This helps reduce waste for all of us.
  • Remember that FLASHcards are non-transferable and cannot be used by anyone but the purchaser.