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2020-2021 UC Merced Residential Meal Plans

Begins August 2020

A student will never go hungry with a UC Merced meal plan.

Each of our meal plans provide unlimited entries into the on-campus, all-you-care-to-eat Pavilion Dining Center, which offers rotating menus of healthy, nutritious meals at a variety of dining stations throughout the day.

CAT Dollars, a debit system included with each unlimited plan, also give residents the flexibility to purchase food and additional items around campus.

Our campus strives to make sure no member of our community experiences food insecurity. Unlimited plans allow residents to stop at the all-you-care-to-eat Pavilion up to 16 hours a day, seven days a week, with no cap on the number of daily trips. Grab a bite to eat between classes or eat a full meal with friends, every entry into the Pavilion is included with every meal plan.

Located in the heart of one of the most fertile agricultural regions in the world, our chefs strive to provide customers with locally sourced, sustainable meals whenever possible. We’re also happy to work with residents to accommodate any special dietary requests. Please contact Student Accessibility Services for health-related medical needs and allergen considerations. Please contact dining@ucmerced.edu for religious prohibitions or other nutritional requirements.

Students living on campus are required to purchase a meal plan. Meal plans are only valid for the plan holder and are not transferable. Exemptions from purchasing a meal plan for students living on campus are granted only under extraordinary circumstances. Please click here for information about apealing a dining contract.

Please note: As part of our coronavirus mitigation efforts, fall 2020 dining will be focused on take-out meals provided by the Pavilion Dining Center. Pavilion dining stations will be limited in number. Yablokoff Wallace Dining Center, Lantern Cafe and the Summits Marketplace will be closed at least through the Fall 2020 semester. Food trucks will not be on campus at this time.

 

Academic Year Pricing

Meal Plan

Plan Price

Included CAT Dollars

Meals

Guest Passes

Unlimited Blue

$4,600

$300

Unlimited

6

Unlimited Silver

$4,900

$600

Unlimited

6

Unlimited Gold

$5,100

$800

Unlimited

6

Unlimited Platinum

$5,300

$1000

Unlimited

6

Unlimited Premier

$5,500

$1,200

Unlimited

6

 

Per Semester Pricing

Meal Plan

Plan Price

Included CAT Dollars

Meals

Guest Passes

Unlimited Blue

$2,300

$150

Unlimited

3

Unlimited Silver

$2,450

$300

Unlimited

3

Unlimited Gold

$2,550

$400

Unlimited

3

Unlimited Platinum

$2,650

$500

Unlimited

3

Unlimited Premier

$2,750

$600

Unlimited

3

 

If you have any questions or concerns related to your dining experience, please contact us at dining@ucmerced.edu or reach out to Executive Chef Mitch Vanagten at mvanagten@ucmerced.edu and request an appointment.

CAT Dollars

CAT Dollars can be purchased and added to a CatCard at any time. One CAT Dollar is equivalent to $1 U.S. dollar. For more information about depositing CAT Dollars into an account, please visit the CatCard website.

CAT Dollars can also be used at various locations, including the campus store for supplies, to print documents on campus, to operate laundry machines and for some other campus expenses.

CAT Dollars cannot be used to pay your student bill.

 

CAT Dollars

Details:

  • Roll over from year to year
  • Do not expire and are available to use after moving off campus
  • Can be refunded when you seperate from the university

Locations that accept CAT dollars:

  • Yablokoff Wallace Dining Center (temporarily closed)
  • Food Trucks (temporarily closed)
  • Lantern Cafe (temporarily closed)
  • Summits Marketplace (temporarily closed)
  • Vending machines
  • Campus Store

Cat Dollars cannot be

used to pay your student bill.

 

2020-2021 Academic Year Disbursements:

The cost of the meal plan selected will be included with housing fees. The selected meal plan will become available on the student account based on the schedule below:

Fall 2020 Semester

Available August 2020

CAT Dollars do not expire until the user separates from UC Merced.

Spring 2021 Semester

Available January 2021

CAT Dollars do not expire until the user separates from UC Merced.

Guest Passes

Each meal plan comes with three guest passes per semester that allow someone without a meal plan to eat at the Pavilion Dining Center. Guest passes expire annually.

 

Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions section for more information, or reach out to us at dining@ucmerced.edu with any questions or concerns.