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Meal Plans
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Campus MapYour meal plan allows you access and enjoy dining at a choice of 3 dining halls and 10 retail destinations across the IC campus. Check out the map for all dining and retail locations.

Meal Plan Information

All participants must have their Ithaca College ID card to access their meal plan. Meal plans are exclusively allowed for the participant. However, each meal plan comes with three guest passes per semester; these passes can be used for any guest or for the participant. Unused guest passes are on your Ithaca College ID card and expire at the end of the semester.

All incoming students required to maintain a meal plan will be automatically defaulted to the 14+ Blue meal plan. Returning students required to be on a meal plan will be defaulted to the plan they had previous semester. There are many options available; please see the information below for different meal plan options and how to change your meal plan.

  • Meal plans are based on a seven day week. The week starts on Friday and ends on Thursday. Please note that unused meals do not carry over.
  • All on campus residents (except Garden and Circle Apartments) are required by Ithaca College to have a meal plan.
    Garden Apartment residents, Circle Apartment residents, and off-campus residents can sign up for a voluntary meal plan through Homer Connect. To add a Voluntary Meal Plan after the deadline has passed, please visit The Office of Student Financial Services located on the 2nd floor in the Peggy Ryan Williams Center*. Voluntary meal plans can be added at any time during the semester.

    *Student Financial Services office hours are: Monday through Friday:  8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Please note that on Thursdays the office is closed from 8:30 am - 10:45 am for staff meetings.) Please visit for more information.
    Please direct all meal plan questions to the Ithaca Dining Services main office: 607.274.1187.

  • Most meal plans are accompanied by Bonus Bucks. Bonus Bucks are for food purchases only and can be used at any Ithaca Dining Services location on campus.
  • Students now automatically roll over to the meal plan they had the previous year. When students live in an apartment or off campus, they would have the option to participate in the 7+ Platinum, 7+ Gold or 7+ Blue meal plans or to opt out. The current guidelines would be applied for making changes to their meal plan.

How to add or change a meal plan

  • Deadline for student meal plan changes: Two weeks after the start of classes
  • For your convenience, HomerConnect now remembers your currently selected meal plan and carries it over to the following year. In addition, there are new meal plan options available this year to choose from in the Carte Blanche, 14+ and 10+ Meal Plan categories.
  • How to add/change
    • Go to HomerConnect -
    • Login with your user ID and Pin
    • At the HomerConnect Main Menu click on Student, Financial Aid, Residential Life & Health Services.
    • Make your plan selection and hit submit.
    • The last screen confirms your plan selection.
  • The last day for students to make changes to their selection is two weeks after the semester has started.
  • To sign up for the Voluntary Meal Plan and missed the deadline to do it on HomerConnect, please visit Student Financial Services Office
    • Financial Services Office is located in Peggy Ryan Williams Center (2nd floor)
    • Monday through Friday:  8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (Please note that on Thursdays the office is closed from 8:30 am - 10:45 am for staff meetings.)

Please contact the Student Financial Services' Office at 607.274.3135 with questions regarding meal plan selections.

bonus bucks Information

Difference Between Bonus Bucks and ID Express

    Bonus Bucks are for meal plan participants only and they are tax free. Bonus Bucks are for food purchases only. Bonus Bucks carry over from Fall semester to Spring semester, but not from Spring semester to Fall semester. To add more Bonus Bucks, purchase them online through our Gifts from Home or contact Ithaca Dining Services at 607.274.1352.

    ID Express is a debit account that is accessed with your Ithaca College ID card. An ID Express account provides a convenient, easy and safe way to make purchases on campus. Please note Bonus Bucks and ID Express can be on your account at the same time. For more information regarding ID Express visit

Dining Locations that Accept Bonus Bucks and ID Express

    If you are on a meal plan, you can use Bonus Bucks or ID Express to buy an additional meal or treat a friend or family member at these locations: Terraces Dining Hall, Towers Dining Hall, and Campus Center Dining Hall. If you're not on a meal plan, ID Express is a convenient way to purchase meals in the dining halls.

    The following retail locations accept Bonus Bucks and ID Express: Sub Connection, IC Square Food Court, Sandella's Café, Grand Central Café, CHS Coffee Cart, Café @ the Park School, Café @ the Business School, the tc lounge, and the Circles Market. Additional services that welcome Bonus Bucks and ID Express include Gifts from Home (offering cakes and care packages), and Simply to Go Catering.

Meal Plan Info

To view this year's student meal plan options please click on the link below.

Voluntary Meal Plans

Not sure if you should have a meal plan? Students that are living off campus or in the Garden and Circle Apartments can sign up for Carte Blanche Gold or Blue, The 14+ Platinum, Gold or Blue, The 10+ Platinum Gold or Blue, or The 7+ Platinum, Gold or Blue.

Benefits of signing up for a Voluntary Meal Plan include:

  • Dining with a plan and with flexibility
  • Enjoy special stations - including Fresh Food Market, Vegan Grill, Exhibition Cooking and much more!
  • Save tax on all food purchases by using Bonus Bucks
  • Receive 3 guest passes per semester

Please note that only students that reside in the college's Circle Apartments, Garden Apartments, and off-campus housing are eligible for a Voluntary Meal Plan. To add a Voluntary Meal Plan please visit The Office of Student Financial Services located in the Peggy Ryan Williams Center. Voluntary meal plans can be added at any time during the semester.

Faculty and Staff Meal Plan

This meal plan exclusive to Ithaca College faculty and staff allows access to all dining halls. Meals can be used for breakfast, lunch, dinner or late night.

This plan includes four options:

  • 10 Meals for $57.50 ($5.75 per meal)
  • 20 Meals for $110.00 ($5.50 per meal)
  • 40 Meals for $210.00 ($5.25 per meal)
  • 80 Meals for $400.00 ($5.00 per meal)
  • 200 Meals for $1,000.00 ($5.00 per meal)

Options for payment include: payroll deductions, Visa, MasterCard, check, or cash.

Meals carry over from year to year. As this is a special program for Ithaca College employees, meals are for faculty or staff members only, not for guests.

Please note:

  • There will be no refund on unused meals if you leave your employment at Ithaca College.
  • When dining halls are closed, during the Summer, IC Square Food Court will be used for Faculty / Staff Meal Plans. For more information, contact Ithaca Dining Services at 607.274.1187.

To enroll in the Faculty / Staff Meal Plan, please contact Ithaca Dining Services at 607.274.1187. Printable form.

All prices are per semester

Summer Conference and Event Meal Plan

During the summer, Campus Center dining hall will be used exclusively for summer Conference Meal Plans. For more information, contact the Campus Center & Event Services at 607.274.3313.


Image: BroccoliHaving trouble selecting a meal plan?
Try considering your daily routine… Do you eat three meals a day? Will your class schedule, studying, extracurricular activities and social events interfere with dining? Will you miss dinner due to employment or evening classes? Anticipating the answers to these and similar questions will help you to select a meal plan that best fits your lifestyle.

Should you need further information or assistance in selecting a plan, please feel free to contact us at 607.274.1187.

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