Student Meal Plan
Student Meal Plan Details - 2020-2021
A Declining Balance, À La Carte Meal Plan
A Meal Plan that is Declining Balance, À La Carte means that you pay for what you want, when you want.
Whenever you make a food or beverage purchase, the purchase value comes off of your Student Meal Plan balance (Declining Balance). If you want to purchase an entire breakfast meal, or if you just want a coffee and a muffin in the morning, or even if you don't want to eat anything until late afternoon, then you are free to do so. You can skip breakfast or eat 3 burgers for dinner - your Student Meal Plan does not dictate your eating habits, you do. This is because you can purchase as much or as little as you want any time during the day (à la carte).
Your Basic Account is the tax-exempt portion of your Student Meal Plan. Any purchase of prepared food or beverages on campus, including branded outlets like Tim Hortons and Starbucks (with the exception of purchases at the Blind Duck, vending machines, off campus partners, and from food trucks) qualifies as a Basic purchase. Coffee, sandwiches, pizza, sushi, etc...these purchases are all considered Basic purchases.
Your Flex Dollars can be used to purchase all items that don't qualify for tax exemption and, therefore cannot be purchased using Basic Dollars. Specifically, convenience, confectionary, and grocery items can only be purchased using your Flex Dollars. Your Flex Dollars can be used to purchase items from vending machines with card readers, the Blind Duck and the Duck Stop, participating Food Trucks on campus, and our off campus parters.
The Minimum Commitment is the minimum level of Basic Dollar spending required. Basic Dollars remaining at the end of the school year over this minimum level of spending are eligible for carryover into the following year.
At the end of the school year, any remaining Basic Dollars above the minimum level of spending and any remaining Flex Dollars are moved into a RezCarryOver account. This account will appear on your TCard on the first day of the Summer semester and expires on the last day of the following academic school year.
Your RezCarryOver funds become taxable and can still be used to purchase all items that you were purchasing with both your Basic and Flex Dollars. Purchases made with RezCarryOver funds are taxable and are not eligible for any tax exemption.
You do not need to live in Residence the following school year in order to have access to your RezCarryover funds. You can use these funds throughout the summer if you decide to take summer courses. If you do decide to live in Residence the following school year, RezCarryOver funds will appear on your account separate from your Basic and Flex Dollars from your new Student Meal Plan and can be used to make the same purchases as you would using your Flex Dollars.
For the specific Basic and Flex Dollars amounts for the 2020-21 Student Meal Plans, please see Guidelines for Student Meal Plan Selection.
Resident Students: A student meal plan is required
A student meal plan ensures that your dining requirements are covered for the academic year, allowing you to focus on other activities that will help you succeed at UTM.
Non-Resident Students: Not required
You can choose to purchase a student meal plan as a way to budget your food purchases throughout the year. If you know that you will be spending time on campus outside of just going to classes, then you may want to consider a Student Meal Plan.
Benefits of a Student Meal Plan
- "Basic" dollar purchases allow you a tax savings of up to 13% off of qualifying purchases (prepared food and beverages)
- You can use the online Budget Planner to see how your spending compares in order to adjust your spending. Once you see how you are spending, you may move to a smaller plan (within one month after first-year move-in; see Important Dates and Deadlines for details) or you may add more money to your account as required
- The funds are deposited directly on your TCard and can be used whenever you need to make a food or beverage purchase, just tap and go!
- You can use your student meal plan funds at all food service locations on campus, as well as with our off campus partners
Please note: UTM Student Meal Plans cannot be used at U of T St. George campus affiliated Colleges, or at UTSC.
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