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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.

Unlimited Meal Plan 

How It Works

Freshman resident students living in Whiteman Hall, Dougall Hall or the New Freshman Residence Hall will be assigned the default meal plan MK-100 within 24 - 48 hours after room assignment.

This meal plan consists of unlimited dining in the new residence hall dining facility. Feel free to have as many servings as you want as long as you stay in the New Residence Hall Dining facility dining room. This plan offers the most opportunity to treat yourself to any of the offerings provided with unlimited helpings.

This plan includes $100 Cougar Dollars and $100 Cougar Cash which gives students the ability and freedom to purchase beverages, snacks or meals anytime at any food service venue on campus (Excluding Barnes and Noble Café). These on-campus venues include: the New Residence Hall Dining facility, the Miron Student Center Cafeteria, the Cougar’s Den, Starbucks (Center for Academic Success, 3rd floor and University Library) Smashburger, Auntie Anne’s, Au Bon Pain and Jersey Mike’s Subs. Student's can also use their Cougar Dollars at the following off campus food venues:  Applebee's, Bonchon Chicken, Koki Buffet, Rock 'n' Joe's and Tropicana Diner (See below for locations).  

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 and $100 Cougar Dollars and $100 Cougar Cash

Any unused Cougar Dollars from the fall semester that come with the purchase of the MK-100 Meal Plan will carry over into the spring semester. All remaining Cougar Dollars from these two plans will be forfeited at the end of the spring semester and no credits or refunds will be provided.

Block Meal Plan - KB96

Upper-Class and Returning Freshman resident students 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.

This meal plan is designed for students who plan to eat a minimal number of meals in the new residence hall dining facility and still have the flexibility of grabbing a quick snack or meal at other campus food service locations. Students are able to use 96 meals per semester in the all you care to eat dining facility in the New Upperclassman Dining Hall and have $250 Cougar Dollars as part of this plan.  Cougar Dollars give the students the ability and freedom to purchase beverages, snacks or meals anytime at any food service venue on campus (Excluding Barnes and Noble Café). These venues include: the New Residence Hall Dining facility, the Miron Student Center Cafeteria, the Cougar’s Den, Starbucks (Center for Academic Success, 3rd floor and University Library) Smashburger, Auntie Anne’s, Au Bon Pain and Jersey Mike’s Subs. Student's can also use their Cougar Dollars at the following off campus food venues:  Applebee's, Bonchon Chicken, Koki Buffet, Rock 'n' Joe's and Tropicana Diner (See below for 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

Block Meal Plan KB-96 $1,371 per semester and $200 Cougar Dollars and $100 Cougar Cash

Any unused Cougar Dollars from the fall semester that come with the purchase of the KB-96 Meal Plan will carry over into the spring semester. All remaining Cougar Dollars from these two plans will be forfeited at the end of the spring semester and no credits or refunds will be provided.

Meal Plan Equivalency 

Meal Equivalencies may be used at participating locations in the Miron Student Center Food Court and the Cougar's Den. 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.

Cougar Dollar Meal Plan add (a 2% Student Access Fee) 

  • $1,500 Cougar Dollars – Declining Balance Plan. Junior and Senior residential students have the option of changing their KB96 plan to an all Cougar Dollar Plan.

​Available to all commuter students, faculty and staff

  • $500 Cougar Dollars 
  • $250 Cougar Dollars  
  • $100 Cougar Dollars 

This declining balance meal plan gives the students, faculty and staff the ability and freedom to purchase beverages, snacks or meals anytime at any food service venue on campus (Excluding Barnes and Noble Café).  These venues include: the New Residence Hall Dining facility, the Miron Student Center Cafeteria, the Cougar’s Den, Starbucks (Center for Academic Success, 3rd floor and University Library) Smashburger, Auntie Anne’s, Au Bon Pain and Jersey Mike’s Subs. Student's can also use their Cougar Dollars at the following off campus food venues:  Applebee's, Bonchon Chicken, Koki Buffet, Rock 'n' Joe's and Tropicana Diner. (See below for locations).  

Cougar Dollar Refund Policy

A 2% (of the purchased plan amount) nonrefundable Student Access Fee will be assessed to your student account if you purchase this plan. Any funds remaining in the $1500 Cougar Dollar plan will be refunded a maximum of up to $500 per semester of unexpended cougar dollars at the end of the spring semester. Refunds will be issued only after any balance due on the student account has been satisfied.

$500, $250, $100 Cougar Dollar: Any funds remaining in these (3) plans can be refunded to the student/employee upon request. The cancellation forms can be found under the student menu via your KeanWISE log-in on The Office of Student Accounting.

GENERAL INFORMATION: Students may change their meal plan selection or assignment through the third week of the semester ONLY (first 21 days). Changes to assigned meal plans can be made on KeanWISE by selecting “Change My Meal Plan” on the “Meal Plan Options” menu. Freshman resident students are only able to choose the Unlimited meal plan. Sophomore resident students are able to choose from the Unlimited plan or the Block KB-96 plan. Upper-Classmen resident students (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 16, 2016 through September 22, 2016. The online meal plan process for the spring is available for January 1, 2017 through February 07, 2017.

GUEST MEALS: The Unlimited 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 LATE ASSIGNMENT POLICY: Resident students who are assigned a meal plan during the first three weeks (21 days) of the semester will incur the full cost of the meal plan. Resident students assigned a meal plan after the first three weeks (21 days) 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.

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 used at the time of cancellation. This cancellation request must be received within the semester the meal plan was purchased.

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 Residential Student Services cancellation policy) or the student will receive a credit based on the number of Meals/Cougar Dollars used, whichever is higher. Refunds will be issued only after any balance due on the student account has been satisfied.

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.

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.

Protect Your Cougar ID Card

Each student is responsible to protect the security of his/her card. Cougar ID cards are nontransferable; students may not lend out their cards to others. Cards that are used by someone other than the cardholder will be confiscated and may result in disciplinary action.

Lost or Damaged Cougar ID Cards

During business hours, lost cards should immediately be reported to the Cougar ID Office or the Student Accounting Office located in the Administration Building.  When the card is reported lost, the Cougar ID will be deactivated and will become invalid. Students are responsible for informing the Cougar ID Office if the Cougar ID card has been found.  Students with a meal plan option are expected to purchase a new Cougar ID Card the day it is lost.  Food Vouchers will not be handed out when the ID Card is lost.

After business hours, students can report their lost card to the University Center Administration Office.  Students residing on campus can call the Office of Residential Student Services at 908-737-6800 or speak directly with a Resident Assistant for assistance. When the card is reported lost to the Cougar ID Office, the Cougar ID will be deactivated and will become invalid.

Replacement for lost, stolen or damaged ID cards can be obtained at the Photo ID Office on the 3rd floor of the Administration Building.

Meal Plan Accommodations

Any student who needs accommodations in the Residence or Dining Halls should contact the Office of Disability Services.

Office of Disability Services
Kean University
1000 Morris Avenue
Union, NJ 07083

Phone: 908-737-4910 or Fax: 908-737-4865

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Can I use the meal plan during the winter session or spring recess week?
A. Resident Students may utilize dining services that reopen during the winter session and spring recess. Dinning Services will only accept Cougar Dollars as a form of payment to purchase meals.   

Q. Can a commuter purchase a meal plan?
A. Yes, commuter students can purchase a meal plan. Commuter students may purchase any of the meal plans listed in this brochure.  Most commuters purchase the following meal plans:

Cougar Dollar Meal Plan add (a 2% Student Access Fee) 

  • $1,500 Cougar Dollars – Declining Balance Plan. Junior and Senior residential students have the option of changing their KB96 plan to an all Cougar Dollar Plan.

​Available to all commuter students, faculty and staff

  • $500 Cougar Dollars 
  • $250 Cougar Dollars  
  • $100 Cougar Dollars 

This declining balance meal plan gives the students, faculty and staff the ability and freedom to purchase beverages, snacks or meals anytime at any food service venue on campus (Excluding Barnes and Noble Café).  These venues include: the New Residence Hall Dining facility, the Miron Student Center Cafeteria, the Cougar’s Den, Starbucks (Center for Academic Success, 3rd floor and University Library) Smashburger, Auntie Anne’s, Au Bon Pain and Jersey Mike’s Subs.

Student's can also use their Cougar Dollars at the following off campus food venues:  Applebee's, Bonchon Chicken, Koki Buffet, Rock 'n' Joe's and Tropicana Diner.

Q. Can I take food out of the New Residence Hall Dining Facility?
A. No.  All food served in the dining facility must be consumed or disposed of in the dining facility. Exceptions to this policy are: one ice cream cone or one fruit when leaving the facility.

Q. What should I do if I lose my Kean ID?
A. During business hours, lost cards should immediately be reported to the Cougar ID Office or The Student Accounting Office located in the Administration Building.  When the card is reported lost, the Cougar ID will be deactivated and will become invalid.  Students are responsible for informing the Cougar ID Office if the Cougar ID card has been found.

After business hours, students can report their lost card to the Miron Student Center Administration Office.  Students residing on campus can call the Office of Residential Student Services at 908-737-6800 or speak directly with a Resident Assistant for assistance. When the card is reported lost, the Cougar ID will be deactivated and will become invalid.

Replacement for lost, stolen or damaged ID cards can be obtained at the Photo ID Office on the 3rd floor of the Administration Building.

Q. If I am sick, can I send my friend to get me a meal?
A. Yes.  Arrangments can be made through the Office of Residential Student Services.

Q. How can I change my meal plan option?
A. Students may change their meal plan selection or assignment through the third week of the semester ONLY (first 21 days).  Changes to assigned meal plans can be made on KeanWISE by selecting “Change My Meal Plan” on the “Meal Plan Options” menu.  Please note that you are financially responsible for any additional meal plan charges incurred as a result of changing your meal plan.

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