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Meal Plans & Bonus Dollars

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A meal plan is mandatory for all students living on the main campus, as well as those students living in Lancer Park, Longwood Village and the Longwood Landings.  Meal plans are optional for commuter students.

We know that most of your day will be spent on campus and we want you to find the best plan that suits your needs. We have five options for you to choose from and hope that you participate in them to enjoy the social aspects of dining on campus.

We also offer meal plans to commuter students to help enhance your college experience. Participating in a meal plan makes it easy and convenient to sit, relax, study and socialize with your friends in one of our Dining locations. 

All meal plans are offered on a per semester basis.  Meals do not carry over but any remaining bonus dollars will carry over from Fall to Spring semester as long as a meal plan is purchased both semesters.


Residential Students

Want to add or change your meal plan?

Residential Students wishing to downgrade his/her meal plan for the 2016-2017 academic year may do so prior to 5pm on the Drop/Add day of each semester, which is August 29, 2016 (Fall) and January 25, 2017 (Spring).  This can be done through the Student Housing Gateway.  Please utilize the link below to access the Student Housing Gateway.

Add/Change Resident Meal Plans


Commuter Students

Want to add, change or drop your meal plan?

Commuter Students wishing to purchase a meal plan for Fall 2016 may do so through the Longwood Dining Services webpage.  Students can add, drop our change your meal plan during the drop/add period.  No meal plans can be dropped or downgraded after 5:00pm on the last day of drop/add, which is August 29, 2016 (Fall) and January 25, 2017 (Spring).  Commuter meal plans are not prorated and must be purchased each semester.

Add/Change Commuter Meal Plans


Meal Plans

Meal plans have two parts: Meals and Bonus Dollars.


Meals can be swiped in our all-you-care-to-eat location in Dorrill Dining Hall and to-go meals in Outta Here.  There are two types of meal plans:  Weekly plans and Block plans.


Weekly Meal Plans

Meals are used for all-you-care-to eat meals at Dorrill Dining Hall (RFoC) for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Your card is swiped at the entrance of the dining facility and a meal is subtracted automatically deducted from your plan.

Under the Weekly 19,14, and 10 Meal Plans you are guaranteed that number of meals per week. Each time you eat in the Dining Hall (RFoC), one meal is subtracted from your weekly balance. In addition, all weekly plans come with Bonus Dollars that can be used in our retail locations: Moe's, Chick-fil-A, Lancer Cafe featuring Einstein Bros Bagels, Java City or the POD Market in Lancer Park.  These plans also come with 5 Guest Meals that can be used in our Dorrill Dining Hall (RFoC) to purchase an additional meal for visiting friends and family.

Best Suited For:

  • Traditional students on campus 7 days a week
  • Residents living on campus or a campus managed facility
  • Students who eat meals during traditional meal periods
  • Students who have regular class and social schedules

Add/Change Resident Meal Plans
Add/Change Commuter Meal Plans


Block Meal Plans

Block plans provide a designated amount of meals that can be used anytime throughout the semester allowing students more convenience and flexibility. These meals are not tied to a certain number of meals per week. Each time you eat in the Dining Hall, one meal is subtracted from your semester balance. Additionally, these plans include a certain number of Bonus Dollars than can be used in our retail locations: Moe's, Chick-fil-A, Lancer Cafe featuring Einstein Bros Bagels, Java City or the POD Market in Lancer Park.

Best Suited For:

  • Students with an active schedule
  • Students who skip meals
  • Students who tend to eat several smaller meals per day
  • Commuter Students
  • Faculty and Staff

Add/Change Resident Meal Plans
Add/Change Commuter Meal Plans


Bonus Dollars

Bonus Dollars are tax free dollars that come with each meal plan, each semester, and can be used in any of the Longwood Dining operated retail operations.   Bonus Dollars will carry over from the Fall to Spring semester, as long as a meal plan is purchased both semesters.

1 Bonus Dollar = $1.00

Locations where Bonus Dollars can be used are listed below.


What's the Difference Between Lancer CA$H & Bonus Dollars?

A detailed account of each option is below, but be aware that you can have both of these options concurrently.

Be sure to compare each option below to make the best decision for your needs.



Bonus Dollars (with Meal Plan)

You decide how much to deposit and when to deposit Quantity determined by meal plan and you cannot add any extra
Never Expire Carry over from Fall to Spring if you have a meal plan both semesters. Expire at the end of Spring semester
Refundable when you leave for good Use 'em or lose 'em
Use at all on-campus food, laundry, printing, vending, books, etc. Use only at Longwood Dining Services' food locations
Use off-campus at local restaurants and stores Cannot be used off-campus


Where can each of these options be used?


Bonus Dollars (with Meal Plan)

Longwood Dining Locations (see list)

  • Barnes & Noble @Longwood & Cafe
  • Washers & Dryers
  • Copiers and pay-for-print
  • Vending machines
  • Parking Services (decal)
  • Campus Recreation Center
  • Health & Wellness Center
  • Lancer Card Center (ID replacement)
  • Library
  • Longwood Post Office
  • Longwood Printing Services
  • Registrar's Office
  • Theatre Box Office
  • Willet Concession Stands
  • Off-campus locations:
Bojangles Burger King     McDonald's 
CVS Pharmacy Rite Aid Domino's
Macado's Papa John's Sheetz
Subway Uptown Cafe' Buffalo Wild Wings
Pino's Italian Restaurant     


 Longwood Dining Locations:

  • Lancer Cafe'
  • Moe's
  • Chick-fil-A
  • P.O.D. Market
  • Java City
  • Elwood Express Food Truck
  • Willet Concession Stand
  • Dorrill Dining Hall
  • Outta Here