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Current Student Meal Plan Early Sign-Up Form

Signing up for your fall 2024 meal plan is an effortless process. Select your plan today and have it preloaded to your student account for the fall.

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Read through the information and links on this page then complete the form below. A confirmation email will be sent to you regarding your meal plan selection to include terms and rates.

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Student Status *

Choose the student status you are today. This form is not for incoming students for fall 2024.

Enter your legal first name

Enter your legal last name

This is listed on the back of your CarolinaCard

Enter your cell phone number (xxx-xxx-xxxx)

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Choose the meal plan you'd like to have in the fall.

Enter today's date.

All funds and plans purchased for use in Carolina Food Co. dining locations are for the personal use of the owner of the account or plan only and are non-transferable. The Carolina Food Co. dining funds and plans cannot be used as a gift card or gift certificate. Access dates, semester opening and closing of dining halls and retail locations are closely connected to the academic calendar and are readily available through Carolina Food Co.'s website and social media channels.

Continuing and Returning Student Meal Plans

Continuing and returning students are not required to purchase a meal plan, but they may choose to purchase any Carolina Food Co. student meal plan. The selected fall 2024 meal plan will automatically be assigned as the spring 2025 meal plan option, and the associated charges by semester will be added to the USC tuition bill.

Upgrade, Downgrade, and Cancellation

Continuing and returning students may request to downgrade or cancel their meal plan during a specified timeframe during the semester. Such requests must be completed at by 5 p.m. on the first day of classes. After that, downgrades or cancellations must be made via the Meal Plan Change Request Form by 5 p.m. on Fri., August 30 for the fall semester and Fri., January 24 for the spring semester.

Meal Plan Dollars associated with each meal plan will remain at the same price and value as if purchased at the beginning of the semester. Meal Plan Dollars are not prorated when changing a meal plan.

Continuing and returning students may request to upgrade their meal plan at any time. Such requests must be completed at by 5 p.m. on the first day of classes. After that, upgrades must be made directly through the CarolinaCard office.

Meal plans will be available to purchase at until 5 p.m. on the first day of classes. After this, meal plans can be purchased at or directly through the CarolinaCard office.


Generally, all meal plans are nonrefundable. However, there are limited circumstances in which a refund may be requested to include:

  1. Withdrawal from the University or failure to enroll.
  2. Physical absence from the University for academic reasons (e.g., study abroad or co-op).
  3. Medical condition with dietary requirements that cannot be met by Carolina Food Co. provided that the student submits documentation from a physician to the Student Disability Resource Center and Dining Appeals Committee setting forth the student's specific dietary requirements.
  4. Other good cause as determined by the Dining Appeals Committee in their sole discretion.
Refund Calculation

All Access Meal Plans – refund is calculated based on the number days remaining in the semester.

Block Meal Plans – refund is calculated on unused meal swipes for the semester.

No refunds will be granted within six weeks prior to the end of the semester per University policy.


Appeals will not be accepted during the last six weeks of the semester. Students must submit documentation supporting their request to the Appeals Committee before cancellation of a meal plan will be considered. If cancellation is granted, the Dining Appeals Committee, in its sole discretion, will determine whether a refund will be awarded and the amount of such refund.

Unused meal swipes for student meal plans expire at the end of each semester

Refunds for unused meal swipes will not be issued.

Meal Plan Rollover Policy - Fall to Spring 

All fall meal plan selections will automatically roll over as the meal plan selection for the spring semester and will be added to the spring tuition bill. Failure to review the spring student tuition bill does not constitute grounds for refund or cancellation. You may change your meal plan selection for the spring semester at starting in early November. Changes must be made prior to making any form of tuition payment. If a meal plan is no longer desired for the spring semester, the student (continuing, returning, upperclassmen, and graduate) that enrolled in a fall meal plan must request cancellation before 5 p.m. on Fri., August 30 for the fall semester and by Fri., January 24 for the spring semester. No downgrades or cancellations can be made after this point.

Meal Plan Dollars

Meal Plan Dollars (MPD) are a purchased value (1 MPD = $1.00) and are stored on the CarolinaCard ID. Purchased MPD values rollover from fall semester to spring semester, until the balance is depleted, the student is no longer enrolled and becomes inactive, or the student is disaffiliated with the university (i.e., suspension, official transfer, or withdrawal). MPD are non-refundable. MPD associated with each meal plan will remain at the same price and value as if purchased at the beginning of the semester. MPDs are not prorated when changing a meal plan. Additional MPDs may be purchased in increments with a minimum deposit of $10 at or by calling the CarolinaCard office at 803-777-1708.

Meal Plan Termination by the University

Upon reasonable notice and for good cause, the University reserves the right to terminate a meal plan for failure of the student to abide by its policies. Examples of good cause, include but are not limited to, a change in student status (including academic or disciplinary suspension) or failure to comply with the policies and regulations contained in the official bulletins distributed by the University, which are hereby made a part of this agreement. The student will be responsible for all fees related to termination of the meal plan.

Right of the University to Prohibit Access

The University, in its sole discretion, may determine that it is in the best interest of the campus community to prohibit or restrict students access to campus dining due to exigent circumstances, including but not limited to, natural disasters (e.g., tornado, earthquake, flood, hurricane, etc.), war, terrorist act, strike, public health outbreak (e.g., pandemic or infectious disease outbreak), fire, release of nuclear material or dangerous substance into the environment, other public health or safety concern, or the disruption of University operations. If dining access is prohibited pursuant to this section, and alternative dining arrangements are not provided, then refunds, if any, would be subject to the approval of the Executive Vice President for Administration and Finance or his/her designee.

Acceptance of Terms and Conditions

Students accept the terms and conditions of their selected meal plan agreement upon initial tuition payment and processing of meal plan charges.

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