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Office of Residential Student Services

Meal Plans

Any Way You Like It, Pick Your Plan

In order to meet the varying eating habits and needs of our diverse student body, Gourmet Dining and Kean University have developed a wide range of flexible meal plans to suit your campus life-style. Choosing any one of the plans from the many options we offer, in an all-you-care-to-eat format, gives you a terrific value.

We want you to be happy and healthy while enjoying a variety of delicious and nourishing food during your time in college. The New Residence Hall Dining facility offers a wide variety of good, nutritious foods from fresh salads and fruits to delicious and wholesome pastries, grilled entrees, pastas and more in a warm, courteous and clean environment.

To access your meal plan with the fastest service, don’t leave home without your Cougar ID card. The New Residence Hall Dining facility is the only place you can use your meal plan, while your Cougar Dollars can be used at any of the food service locations. So, purchase your favorite meal or treat with just the swipe of your card.

FRESHMAN PLAN

Unlimited Meal Plan 

How It Works

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)

UPPERCLASSMAN 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, Rockin’ Joe’s Green Lane, 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.

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: Students who have purchased the Unlimited Meal Plan (MK 100) or the Block Meal Plan (KB 96) can also utilize meal plan equivalencies. During certain hours, 1 pm to 3 pm for Lunch and 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm for Dinner.  A meal equivalency allows for a student to choose to eat at the Miron Student Center Food Court 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 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.

On-Campus Eateries

MIRON STUDENT CENTER FOOD COURT (Cougar Dollars, Cougar Cash, Kean Bucks & Flex Dollars are accepted here)

The Miron Student Center Food Court features new food station concepts in a completely renovated dining facility. Stations include Jersey Mikes, Pasta Plus

Sonos, Pizza, Entree Buffet, Salad Bar & Fresh Fruit,  Grab & Go Breakfast & Bakery and a Full line of beverages including our new Better for You Beverages: Fair Trade & Organic line.

COUGAR'S DEN (Cougar Dollars, Cougar Cash, Kean Bucks & Flex Dollars are accepted here)

With a menu that features all natural ingredients and a glass-enclosed atrium dining room, the Cougars’ Den provides a relaxing atmosphere for the university community to escape the daily bustle of campus life.  The Cougars’ Den offers a variety of gourmet soups, sandwiches, salads and authentic Asian options.

OUTTAKES (Cougar Dollars, Cougar Cash, Kean Bucks & Flex Dollars are accepted here)

This One-stop convenience store features a full line of hot and cold grab and go sandwiches and salads, hot soup, fresh fruit, sushi, frozen meals, beverages, freshly brewed coffee and teas, assorted bakery items, grocery and cleaning supplies, fresh brewed and personal care products, Outtakes is the place to go on campus for convenience items for on the go or to take back to the dorms!

SMASHBURGER (Cougar Dollars, Cougar Cash, Kean Bucks & Flex Dollars are accepted here)

Smashburger offers burgers, chicken sandwiches, salads, sides, and shakes. We are known for the smashing technique of “Smashed Fresh, Served Delicious”. Our smashed burgers are always made-to-order, never frozen, smashed and seared to perfection on our grill.

AUNTIE ANNE’S (Cougar Dollars, Cougar Cash, Kean Bucks & Flex Dollars are accepted here)

Auntie Anne’s is a bakery chain specializing in various pretzels with a wide variety of dips. We also offer Pretzel Dogs, beverages and frozen drinks.        

RESIDENCE DINING HALL (Cougar Dollars, Cougar Cash, Kean Bucks & Flex Dollars are accepted here)

The Residence Dining Hall offers continuous dining with menu consisting of a wide array of healthy and nutritious items. The all you care to eat feature allows students to pick and choose the items they want from a variety of stations.

CAS STARBUCKS (Cougar Dollars, Cougar Cash, Kean Bucks & Flex Dollars are accepted here)

“Proudly Brew Starbucks” program

NANCY THOMPSON LIBRARY STARBUCKS (Cougar Dollars, Cougar Cash, Kean Bucks & Flex Dollars are accepted here)

The Nancy Thompson Library now features the 2nd largest Starbucks on a college campus in the eastern United States.  The facility is a fully functioning Starbucks coffeehouse/restaurant and features all of the menu items that people expect at a Starbucks.

AU BON PAIN (Cougar Cash & Flex Dollars are accepted here)

Au Bon Pain is an American fast casual bakery and café chain featuring freshly baked items, hot and cold sandwiches, soups, specialty salads and entrees. 

BARNES & NOBLE CAFÉ (Cougar Cash, Kean Bucks & Flex Dollars are accepted here)

Proudly serving STARBUCKS Beverages, The Barnes & Noble Café also features freshly baked signature cookies, scones, cupcakes, muffins and Cheesecakes from the Dream Factory exclusively from the Cheesecake Factory Bakery, soups, salads and sandwiches

Off-Campus Eateries:

Applebee’s (Cougar Cash and Flex Dollars are accepted here)

1721 Morris Ave, Union

www.applebees.com

BonChon Chicken (Cougar Cash and Flex Dollars are accepted here)

1045-C Stuyvesant Ave, Union

Unionnj.bonchon.com

Koki Buffet (Cougar Cash and Flex Dollars are accepted here)

1350 Galloping Hill Rd, Union

www.kokibuffet.com

Rockin’ Joes (Cougar Cash and Flex Dollars are accepted here)

900 Green Lane, Union

Rocknjoeunion.comcastbiz.net

Tropicana Diner (Cougar Cash and Flex Dollars are accepted here)

837-545 Morris Ave, Elizabeth

Tropicana.touchmenuusa.com

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.

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.

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