Meal Plans

Meal plan requirements

Meal plans at UIS are convenient and flexible declining balance accounts, accepted at all Food Service locations and campus vending machines. We don’t mandate that students eat at certain times or use a certain number of meals each week. Students don’t pay for missed meals or subsidize other students’ plans. Our meal plans allow students to suit their own personal dining habits and needs. Sales tax is not assessed on meal plan purchases, so residential meal plans save students 9.75% on every purchase.

Meal plan purchases are logged by swiping your student i-card (University photo ID). Each time you make a purchase, the amount is deducted from your meal plan balance.

New students sign up for a plan during their summer Orientation visit or when they move in. Returning students are encouraged to choose meal plans before spring semester finals.

Meal plans are billed to student accounts, along with your tuition and fees, at the start of the fall semester.

Our meal plans

First year and second year returning students are required to purchase a full meal plan (Signature, Gold or Silver) regardless of housing assignment.

Signature ($2,100 per semester)

  • This plan, at $2,100 per semester is designed for the student who eats all their meals at Dining Services.

Gold ($1,675 per semester)

  • At only $1,675 per semester, this plan is for the student who only occasionally misses a meal period.

Silver ($1,400 per semester)

  • This plan is designed for the student who eats lightly or less frequently.

Bronze ($375 per semester)

  • Costing only $375 per semester, this plan is ideal for apartment and townhouse residents. Why cook every night when Dining Services offers so many great choices? Let us cook a few meals every week so you can study and relax with friends.

Choosing a meal plan

Consider how often you will eat on campus (rather than at home or elsewhere). The following table shows the how much you can spend for each meal plan for a five-day or seven-day week.

Approximate Cost Per Day
(rounded to the nearest dollar)

Number of days used 5 days per week 7 days per week
Signature ($2,100 a semester) $26.58 $19.26
Gold ($1,675 a semester) $21.20 $15.36
Silver ($1,400 a








Monitoring your meal plan balance is easy. Your account balance displays at cash registers and vending machines after each purchase. You can also check your balance online or ask a Food Service cashier.

Changing meal plans

Students may change to a higher-priced plan within the first 10 days of a semester. Students may not add value to a meal plan. The Campus Cash plan accepts deposits on the i-card. Please read the section below on how to add funds to Campus Cash.

Please refer to the Meal Plan Terms and Conditions for definitive information about our plans.

Campus Cash: “Meal plan” convenience for commuter students, faculty, and staff

Campus Cash allows anyone with a valid University i-card to pay without cash at Illinois Springfield! Campus Cash allows you to swipe and go quickly at all our Food Service locations and at these campus venues, too

  • Athletics concessions
  • Bookstore
  • Campus public copiers
  • Computer labs
  • Housing laundry rooms
  • Sangamon Auditorium
  • TRAC juice bar
  • Vending machines

You can fund your Campus Cash account at or the Springfield ID Center.