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Housing Options and Meal Plans

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Housing and meal plan options and costs are available here. New students are required to put down a $250 housing deposit (included in costs) when they apply for housing. Meal plans are optional for graduate students living in graduate houses.

Meal Plan Changes

 Must occur within the first two weeks of an academic semester. To do so please stop by the Residence Life Office.  If you are changing your meal plan prior to the start of the semester, you may email your change request to

Meal Plan Appeal Process

Students wishing to appeal a meal plan must complete the appropriate online form at the bottom of the page.

The deadline to submit a meal plan appeal is two weeks after the first day of class. For the fall, the deadline is 4:30 p.m., September 5, 2014. For the spring, the deadline is 4:30 p.m., January 16, 2015. Appeals typically fall into two areas of concern: medical or financial hardship. Below are additional guidelines to follow based on the concern warranting the appeal.

Medical: Appeals based on medical reasons must provide a medical diagnosis to the Office of Health Services with dietary recommendations, restrictions, guidelines from a healthcare provider. After this information is received, the appellant will need to schedule a meeting with the Operations Manager of Sodexo Food Services. Special dietary needs will be reviewed and a recommendation sent back to Health Services. A follow up meeting must then be scheduled with Health Services to discuss the findings. Upon completion, Health Services will then submit a recommendation to the Food Services Committee.

Financial Hardship: Only students with 60 or more credit hours may submit a financial appeal. Appeals based on financial reasons need to outline a detailed explanation of the financial situation to the Food Services Committee advisor. The appeal must be of an outstanding nature to warrant approval. Given the confidentiality of this appeal and the possible need to gather financial records from the university, a modified committee (comprising the chair, the Assistant Director of Residence Life and the Vice President of Finance or his/her designee) will discuss the financial hardship and make a recommendation.

In previous years, the Food Services Committee accepted appeals based on scheduling difficulties. However, due to expanded hours of operation in the cafeteria, scheduling appeals will no longer be accepted. Please contact Sodexo Food Services at 563-333-6360 to get more information on hours of operation and meal replacement options

Financial Hardship Appeal

Medical Appeal

Questions? Please give us a call at 563-333-6258  or e-mail us at 

Whats Next

Click here for more information on each meal plan.