Meal Plan Refund and Change Policy

Freshmen living in traditional housing are required to have the Unlimited Meal Plan, non-freshmen living in traditional housing can choose from the Unlimited, the 175 Meal Plan or the 120 Meal Plan. Students who commute or reside in the University Apartments can voluntarily select any meal plan offering.

Meal plans are subject to New York State tax laws and refunds may only be granted per the criteria detailed in sections A through D below, and only during the first seven weeks of the semester in which the plan was purchased. The meal plan refund calculation is based on a weekly proration, regardless of meals eaten, effective the first day meal plans officially begin for the semester, plus the total amount of munch money spent. Meal plan refunds are processed automatically by the Office of Student Accounts and are posted to the students’ MyUAlbany financial account.

A. Released from Residence Hall License Agreement

Students residing in a traditional quad residence hall will receive a meal plan refund when they are officially released from their Residence Hall License Agreement through the seventh week of the semester. The meal plan refund is based on the week in which the Department of Residential Life and Housing terminates the students’ License agreement

In such circumstances, if the student is officially released from the Residence Hall License Agreement, but has not officially withdrawn from the University, and wishes to retain their meal plan, the student must visit the SUNYCard Office located in Campus Center B52 to reestablish their meal plan.

Students released from a traditional quad residence hall after the seventh week of the semester do not qualify for a meal plan refund; unless the student officially withdraws due to medical or military needs as described in section D below.

A meal plan refund will not be granted if a student is released from their Residence Hall License Agreement due to dismissal, disciplinary action or suspension. Food Allergy & Special Diet Accommodations

B. Reassigned from Traditional Quad Residence Hall to University Apartment

If during the first seven weeks of the semester, the Department of Residential Life reassigns a student to a University Apartment, the student will receive a meal plan refund based on the week in which the Department of Residential Life officially terminates the students’ access into their original residence hall. In such circumstances, if the student wishes to maintain their meal plan, the student must visit the SUNYCard Office located in Campus Center B52 to reestablish their meal plan.

Students reassigned from a traditional quad residence hall to a University Apartment after the seventh week of the semester do not qualify for a meal plan refund.
A meal plan refund will not be granted if a student is released from their University Apartment License Agreement as a result of dismissal, disciplinary action or suspension.

C. Commuter Students

Commuter students may change their meal plan through the tenth business day of the semester via their MyUAlbany account. Commuter students may cancel their meal plan through the tenth business day of the semester by visiting the SUNYCard office.

A commuter student may receive a meal plan refund if they officially withdraw from the University during the first seven weeks of the semester; see section D below.


D. Withdrawal From the University

Students who officially withdraw from the University prior to the end of the seventh week of the semester qualify for a meal plan refund. The refund is based on the week in which the student officially withdrew as established by the Office of Withdrawal and Readmission or the last week the student used their meal plan or SUNYCard access; whichever week is later. When a student officially withdraws from the University, their meal plan will be removed from their SUNYCard automatically. Students who withdraw from the University forfeit any Munch Money remaining in their meal plan.

Students who withdraw after the seventh week of the semester do not qualify for a refund for the remainder of the semester, unless the Office of Withdrawal and Readmission qualifies the withdrawal as a medical or military withdrawal.

A meal plan refund will not be granted if the student withdraws as a result of disciplinary action or suspension. For further assistance, please contact the SUNYCard office, Campus Center B52, 518-442-5989.