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When craving freshly prepared cuisine, Kean students have a large selection of on-campus eateries to utilize. Some of these options include the Miron Student Center cafeteria, Cougar's Den, and the dining hall located in the New Upperclassman Residence Hall. With hundreds of genres of foods, from quick snacks to fine-dining options, Kean University's food services offers diverse menus filled with culinary intrigue.

 

Meal Plans, Cougar Dollars & Cougar Cash

Meal Plan Restrictions: Please note that students are not allowed to obtain cash advances, purchase alcohol, tobacco, lottery tickets, or money orders with their Cougar Dollars and Cougar Cash.

In order to meet the varying eating habits and needs of our diverse student body, Gourmet Dining and Kean University have developed flexible meal plan options to suit your campus lifestyle.

 

Unlimited Meal Plan MK 100 Information 

Freshman residents living in Whiteman Hall, Dougall Hall, Bartlett Hall or the New Freshman Residence Hall will be assigned the default Unlimited Meal Plan MK-100 within 24 – 48 hours after room assignment.  Students must be registered before a meal plan will be assigned.

The Unlimited Meal Plan MK 100 consists of unlimited dining in the residence dining hall.  This plan offers the most opportunity to treat yourself to any of the offerings provided with unlimited helpings.  Additional Cougar Dollars can be purchased and utilized in the Miron Student Center and various eateries throughout campus.  Additional Cougar Cash can also be purchased and utilized at all on campus and off campus eateries. In addition, each Unlimited Meal Plan includes two guest meals per month.  At the end of every month, any unused guest meals will be forfeited.

Meal Plan Cost

Unlimited Meal Plan MK-100 $1,915 per semester (Unlimited meals/$100 Cougar Dollars/$100 Cougar Cash)

 

UPPERCLASSMEN PLAN

Block Meal Plan- KB96

Upper-Class students and Returning Freshman living in Sozio Hall, Rogers Hall, Burch Hall, Bartlett Hall or the New Upper-class Residence Hall will be assigned the default meal plan KB-96 within 24 – 48 hours after room assignment.  Students must be registered before a meal plan will be assigned.

The Upper-Class student meal plan is designed for students who plan to eat a minimal number of meals in the Residence Dining Hall and still have the flexibility of grabbing a quick snack or meal at other campus food service locations.   Because there are no maximum or minimum meals per week, this block plan allows you the flexibility, variety and most of all value to meet your own personal dining needs.

 

Meal Plan Cost

Upper-Class Meal Plan KB-96 $1,371 per semester (96 meals/$200 Cougar Dollars/ $100 Cougar Cash)

(Any unused Fall Cougar Dollars or Cougar Cash that come with the purchase of the Unlimited MK-100 and the KB-96 Meal Plans will carry over into the Spring semester.  All remaining Cougar Dollars and Cougar Cash from these two plans will be forfeited at the end of the Spring semester and no credits or refunds will be provided.)

 

$1500 Declining Balance Plan - per semester* ($1,000 Cougar Dollars and $500 Cougar Cash) 

Upper-Classmen (Juniors and Seniors only) have the opportunity to choose a Declining Balance Meal Plan funded with Cougar Dollars and Cougar Cash.  This meal plan gives the students the ability and freedom to purchase beverages, snacks or meals anytime at various food service venues around campus and off campus.  These venues include the Residence Dining Hall, the Miron Student Center Food Court, the Cougar’s Den, both the Library and the Center for Academic Success, Barnes & Noble Café and Au Bon Pain as well as Smashburger, Auntie Anne’s, and Jersey Mike’s Subs. In addition to the on-campus locations, Cougar Cash can be used at the following Off-campus locations:  Applebee’s Union Morris Ave, BonChon Chicken, Koki Buffet, Rock’ N Joe Coffee Bar, and Tropicana Diner.

 

*$1500 Declining Balance Option: ($1,000 Cougar Dollars and $500 Cougar Cash): A 2% (of the purchased plan amount) non-refundable Student Access Fee will be assessed to your student account if you purchase this plan.  Students who have the Declining Balance plan are eligible for a maximum of a $500.00 refund per semester for unexpended Cougar Cash funds. Refunds will be issued only after any balance due on the student account has been satisfied.

 

Flex Plans

Flex plans are available to students, faculty, and staff.  This easy and convenient system allows you to deposit dollar amounts onto your Cougar ID card.  The minimum purchase amount is $50.00.  Flex dollars may be added via your KeanWise login if you have a credit balance on your student account.  Students without a credit balance and employees may come to Student Accounting to make a payment towards a flex plan. 

Flex dollars can also be purchased to supplement the mandatory meal plans required for all students living on campus.  The flex dollars can be spent at any food services location, the Residence Dining Hall, the Miron Student Center Food Court, the Cougar’s Den, Smashburger, Auntie Anne’s, Jersey Mike’s Subs, and both the Library and Center for Academic Success Starbucks, Barnes and Noble Café (Green Lane Academic Building), and Au Bon Pain (North Ave Academic Building).  

Flex dollars can also be used at the following Off-campus locations:  Applebee’s Union Morris Ave, Rock' N Joe Coffee Bar, Tropicana Diner, Koki Buffet & BonChon Chicken.

KeanWise transfers or in-person payments towards a flex plan that are received by the end of the business day will download to your Cougar ID card for use the next day.  For your convenience Flex dollars are rolled over from semester to semester until all funds are used or a cancellation request is received by the Office of Student Accounting.  The cancellation forms can be found under the student menu via your KeanWise login.  Upon your request, unused Flex dollars will be credited back to your student account.  Refunds will be issued only after any balance due on the student account has been satisfied. 

Please note flex plans can only be used during the term in which you are an enrolled student and/or a current Kean University employee.  Refunds are only processed upon request. 

 

GENERAL INFORMATION:  Students may change their meal plan selection or assignment through the second week of the semester ONLY. Changes to assigned meal plans can be made on KeanWISE by selecting “Change My Meal Plan” on the “Meal Plan Options” menu. Freshman students are only able to choose the MK-100 freshman plan. Sophomores are able to choose from the MK-100 or the KB-96 plan. Upper-Classmen (Juniors and Seniors) wishing to change their meal plan assignment may choose from any Meal Plan options. Please note that you are financially responsible for any additional meal plan charges incurred as a result of changing your meal plan. The online meal plan change process for the fall semester is available from July 1, 2017, through September 15, 2017. The online meal plan process for the spring is available for January 1, 2018, through January 26, 2018.

 

GUEST MEALS: The MK-100 Freshman Meal Plan also includes two guest meals per month. Bring a friend and share a delicious meal before, between or after class. At the end of every month, any unused guest meals will be forfeited.

 

MEAL PLAN EQUIVALENCY: Meal Equivalencies may be used at participating locations from 1 pm to 3 pm & 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm in the Miron Student Center Food Court. A meal equivalency allows for a student to choose to eat at one of these locations rather than the Residence Dining Hall. Students using this option will not be able to utilize their meal plan in the dining hall during the designated equivalency meal hours.

 

MEAL PLAN LATE ASSIGNMENT POLICY: Resident students who are assigned a Meal Plan during the first two weeks of the semester will incur the full cost of the Meal Plan. Resident students assigned a Meal Plan after the first two weeks will incur a prorated charge based on the date of the assignment.

 

MEAL PLAN RESTRICTIONS: Please note that students are not allowed to obtain cash advances, purchase alcohol, tobacco, lottery tickets, or money orders with their Cougar Dollars or Cougar Cash.

 

MEAL PLAN CANCELLATION POLICY:  Students who have purchased a meal plan and withdraw from Kean University or terminate their housing contract may cancel their meal plan. The meal plan credit will be based on the date of cancellation and number of Meals/Cougar Dollars/Cougar Cash used at the time of cancellation. This cancellation request must be received within the semester the meal plan was purchased.

Prior to the beginning of the academic semester, the following cancellation policy will apply:  A student who cancels their housing or withdraws from the University will receive a 100% reversal of the meal plan charge.

Once the meal plan is valid and can be utilized in dining services, the following cancellation policy will apply: A student who cancels their housing or withdraws from the University will receive a credit calculated on a percentage basis (equivalent to the Residence Life cancellation policy) or the student will receive a credit based on the number of Meals/Cougar Dollars/Cougar Cash used, whichever is higher.  Refunds will be issued only after any balance due on the student account has been satisfied.

 

MEAL PLAN REFUND APPEALS:  Students may appeal a calculated refund within the semester the meal plan was purchased. Meal plan refund appeals must be directed to the Office of Student Accounting at billing@kean.edu.

 

MEAL PLAN EXEMPTION:  Students may request to receive an exemption from the meal plan for a specific documented medical condition. Students must submit a letter of appeal by September 1, 2017, for the Fall 2017 semester and December 1, 2017, for the Spring 2018 semester to Donna Dingle, Counseling & Disability Services, Kean University, 1000 Morris Avenue, DN-122, Union, NJ 07083.

 

Kean Currency Description & Frequently Asked Questions

Cougar Dollars

Where can I use Cougar Dollars?

At the following on-campus locations:

  • The Residence Dining Hall
  • The Miron Student Center Cafeteria
  • The Cougar’s Den
  • Starbucks (Center for Academic Success, 3rd Floor, and University Library)
  • Smashburger
  • Auntie Anne’s
  • Jersey Mike’s Subs
  • Outtakes

What can I buy with Cougar Dollars?

  • Cougar Dollars can be used for the purchase of food at specific on-campus locations.

How do I get Cougar Dollars? Are they Refundable? Do they expire?

Cougar Dollars are issued as part of the University meal plans. http://www.kean.edu/offices/student-accounting/flex-and-meal-plans

Cougar Dollars are non-refundable and will roll over from Fall to Spring semester but will expire at the end of the Spring semester.

 

Cougar Cash

Where can I use Cougar Cash?

At the following on and off campus locations:

  • The Residence Dining Hall
  • The Miron Student Center Cafeteria
  • The Cougar’s Den
  • Starbucks (Center for Academic Success, 3rd Floor, and University Library)
  • Smashburger
  • Auntie Anne’s
  • Jersey Mike’s Subs
  • Outtakes
  • Barnes and Noble Café
  • Au Bon Pain
  • Northside Cafe
  • Ursino Steakhouse and Tavern (coming soon)
  • Applebee’s
  • Bonchon Chicken
  • Koki Buffet
  • Rock’ N Joe Coffee Bar
  • Tropicana Diner

 

What can I buy with Cougar Cash?

  • Cougar Cash can be used for the purchase of food at on and off campus locations.

How do I get Cougar Cash? Is it refundable? Does it expire?

Cougar Cash issued as part of the University meal plans.  http://www.kean.edu/offices/student-accounting/flex-and-meal-plans

When issued in connection with the Unlimited Meal Plan (MK100) or the Block Meal Plan (KB96), Cougar Cash is non-refundable and will roll over from Fall to Spring semester but will expire at the end of the Spring semester.

When issued in connection with the Declining Balance Plan, unused Cougar Cash is refundable up to $500 at the end of the Spring semester.

Kean Bucks

Where can I use Kean Bucks?

At the following on-campus locations:

  • The Residence Dining Hall
  • The Miron Student Center Cafeteria
  • The Cougar’s Den
  • Starbucks (Center for Academic Success 3rd Floor, and University Library)
  • Smashburger
  • Auntie Anne’s
  • Jersey Mike’s Subs
  • Outtakes
  • Barnes and Noble Café
  • Barnes and Noble Campus bookstore
  • Au Bon Pain
  • Ursino Steakhouse and Tavern (coming soon)
  • Northside Cafe
  • Ocean County Book Store (Flex plan)

What can I buy with Kean Bucks?

Kean Bucks can be used for the purchase of food, books or other items at any on-campus location.

How do I get Kean Bucks? Are they refundable? Do they expire?

Kean Bucks are awarded as an incentive to students who take Friday or Saturday courses. http://www.kean.edu/offices/student-accounting/kean-bucks

 Kean Bucks are non-refundable and will expire one year from the date of issue.

Flex Dollars

Where can I use Flex Dollars?

At the following on-campus locations:

  • The Residence Dining Hall
  • The Miron Student Center Cafeteria
  • The Cougar’s Den
  • Starbucks (Center for Academic Success, 3rd Floor, and University Library)
  • Smashburger
  • Auntie Anne’s
  • Jersey Mike’s Subs
  • Outtakes
  • Barnes and Noble Café
  • Barnes and Nobel Campus bookstore
  • Au Bon Pain
  • Ursino Steakhouse and Tavern (coming soon)
  • Northside Cafe
  • Applebee’s
  • Bonchon Chicken
  • Koki Buffet
  • Rock’ N Joe Coffee Bar
  • Tropicana Diner

What can I buy with Flex Dollars?

  • Flex Dollars can be used for the purchase of food, books or other items at any on-campus location or off-campus locations.

How do I get Flex Dollars? Are they refundable? Do they expire?

Flex Dollars can be purchased at any time in any amount over $50. Flex Dollars roll over from semester to semester and any unused portions are fully refundable.

 

Click here for the Fall 2017 Dining Hours of Operation

Gourmet Dining Services

Visit Gourmet Dining to learn more about campus dining options.

 

 

Au Bon Pain

Visit Au Bon Pain's Kean University website by clicking here. Au Bon Pain is located on the first floor of the North Avenue Academic Building (NAAB).

 

Barnes and Noble Cafe

Visit Barnes & Noble's Kean University cafe website by clicking here. The Barnes & Noble Cafe is located on the first floor of the Green Lane Academic Building (GLAB) within the Barnes & Noble bookstore.