All About Food at Alfred State

Every on-campus students must have a meal plan. The good news is that Dining Services makes it easy and economical to select a plan that works for you.*

In addition to meal swipes, each meal plan includes Dining Dollars which can be used to buy value meals or a la carte food purchases at any on-campus restaurant. Students can also use their Campus Spending Account, a credit card or cash to buy meals and snacks on campus and from certain off-campus partners. Meals that are not used each week are not refundable or transferable due to New York State tax laws. As part of the meal plan, Dining Dollars are also not refundable nor transferable. Dining Dollars expire at the end of each semester. 

When you are ready to start thinking about meal plans, think simplicity and flexibility. Your goal as a student, especially as a freshman, is to focus on academics. Good nutrition is an important part of that goal. Sometimes it can be hard to juggle a close budget and school work at the same time. So we suggest that the 14 or 18 meal plan works best for your first semester.

Meal Plans 2020-2021

Plan Description Dining Dollars** Price Best Value
21 Meal Plan Plus Any 21 meals per week $125 $3220  
18 Meal Plan Plus Any 18 meals per week $125 $2995 Excellent for on-campus freshmen. Very good for three meal per day diners.
14 Meal Plan Plus Any 14 meals per week $150 $2650 Excellent for freshmen.
12 Meal Plan Plus Any 12 meals per week $200 $2580 Perfect for students who travel off campus on weekends.
9 Meal Plan Plus Any 9 meals per week $225 $2350 Good for light eaters.
5 Meal Plan Plus * Any 5 meals per week $500 $1885

*Not available to first year freshman or transfer students

Commuter 5 Meal Plan Any 5 meals per week   $1185 Excellent for commuters.
Commuter Dining Dollars N/A Plan I    
Plan II    
Saves on taxes. Provides non-taxable food purchases while on campus. Keeps out of pocket spending down.

* Before students can select a non-resident meal plan, an approved housing waiver must be on file with the Residential Life office.

**Dining Dollars may be increased at any time online or a the ACES business office on the first floor of CDH.

Every residential meal plan comes with 5 bonus meals to be used throughout the semester.

Remember, students may only decrease their meal plan option during the first two weeks of the Fall semester. After that, meal plan reductions can be changed when you process the next semester's bill. Meal plan options can be increased at any time. New or transfer students who enter Alfred State in the spring semester will have two weeks to change their meal plan selection in January.

How to Use a Meal Plan

Learn the basics of how to use your meal plan.

  • Weekly meal totals begin on Sunday and expire on Saturday night. Meals do not carry over if unused.
  • Use Dining Dollars when you want a light snack – like a bagel or a coffee. Save the ‘meals’ for when you need a full meal (a visit to The Terrace, the Wellsville dining hall, or a “meal deal” where you get an entrée, side and drink at any other on-campus dining unit. )
  • Meal plan changes are only possible during the first two weeks of the fall semester.
  • Need more dining dollars? Reload on-line at You can also reload dining dollars at the ACES business office. Cash, credit card, personal checks accepted.

Take advantage of special events at the Terrace.

Each semester the dining staff hosts elaborate special dinners and buffets. These exciting events are part of your meal plan – be sure to take advantage of them!

Use social media to stay up-to-date.

Stay current using Facebook and Twitter @ACESAlfred.

Paying for meals.

When you place your order, hand the cashier your ID card. If your card is on a lanyard or in a protect sleeve, remove it first. Tell the cashier how you would like to pay:

  • Meal swipe
  • Dining dollars
  • CSA
  • Cash
  • Credit card
  • Bonus meals

Curious about how many meals or dining dollars remain on your account? Feel free to ask the cashier.

What if you get sick?

If a student is sick and confined to their room, a roommate or friend may pick up a meal for them at any dining location. Whoever is picking up the meal should bring along the ID of the sick student and a note from that student specifying what they want to order. Take-out containers are located in all units, including The Terrace.

Students who are sick for more than one day should contact the Health Center for additional assistance.

Flu care packages are provided by Dining Services at the request of the Health Center.

What if you have company? 

Every meal plan that includes meal swipes comes with five (5) bonus meals. Use them to host your friends and show off Alfred’s campus.

Learn about meal zones.

The meal plan identifies 3 meal zones: breakfast, lunch, and dinner. You can use only three meal swipes within each meal zone. Meal zones are:

Breakfast 6:30-10:30 am
Lunch 10:30am-4:00pm
Dinner 4:00-11:00pm
Please note that meal zones do not equate to serving hours in every dining unit. Please check serving hours in each unit to see when meals are served.

Complete Hours of Operation

Dining is available on campus from 6:30am to 11pm Monday through Friday. On weekends, we begin serving at 8:30am.