Meal and Prepaid Plan

Southern offers a convenient meal plan for students. There are multiple options to fit your needs. Additions to these plans are available in $100 increments during the semester. Residence Hall students are automatically assigned a default amount.  Non-Residence Hall students must select a meal plan in order to use their card on campus.

(*Silver is the default plan charged to student's in the Residence Halls)

Manage your Meal and Prepaid Plan2023-2024 Meal Plans for Residence Hall Students

Meal Plan Selection Semester Amount Max Refund
Bronze $1,460 $50
Silver* $1,660 $250
Gold $1,860 $450

Frequently Asked Questions: Meal Plan | Prepaid Plan

What plan should I choose?

Students that reside in Talge, Thatcher, and Thatcher South will automatically be enrolled in Southern’s Silver meal plan with the option of changing to a Bronze or Gold plan, representing lower and higher balance options. The meal plan allows students to purchase food from the Dining Hall, CK2, the Garden, the Kayak, Village Market Deli, and vending machines on campus. Dorm meal plan purchases are exempt from sales tax.

If I don’t select a plan, can I still use my ID card in the Dining Hall?

For all non-residence hall students the answer is provided you sign up for a meal plan. Only students on a meal plan may use their ID card at the eateries on campus. This includes the Dining Hall, CK2, the Garden, the Kayak, the Village Market Deli, and vending machines on campus. Without a meal plan you must use cash, debit, or credit cards for purchases.  

Residence hall students are automatically assigned a meal plan (see FAQ "Why was I charged for a meal plan, even though I didn't select a plan?").

When must I select my plan? 

You can start a meal plan at any time during the semester. However, switching between plans can only occur before fall semester and before winter semester—after that date, meal plans are locked in as selected.

Are my meal plan purchases subject to sales tax? 

This depends on your housing situation. Tennessee state law requires all retail purchases to be subject to state sales tax, with a few exceptions. An exception is granted to students who reside in an educational institution’s housing and who are on a meal plan. Therefore, if you reside in Southern-owned housing (residence hall, apartment, or house) your meal plan purchases will be exempt from Tennessee state sales tax.  

Why was I charged for a meal plan, even though I didn’t select a plan?

Students that reside in Talge, Thatcher, or Thatcher South are automatically assigned to the Silver Plan.  Applying the default plan ensures students can use their ID card to purchase food after arriving on campus. In addition, it allows Southern to bill a meal plan amount up front to ensure your payment plan reflects the most accurate balance possible for the semester. To change the default plan amount click on the activate plan button and make sure to select the option listed there.  Ability to change plans is available through census, (last day to add a class). 

Do I need a meal plan for summer sessions or (SmartStart)? 

Yes. All summer meal plans for Residence Hall students is $500 for the summer, the unused portion is fully refundable at the end of the summer.

How do I check the balance on my meal plan?

Log in to My Access >Financial>Campus Card Charges. You can only check the balance for the current semester.

What is a Prepaid Campus Account? 

A prepaid campus account gives you the convenience of using your ID card at several locations around campus: the Village Market for groceries, Campus Shop items that are non-book related, and printing/copying around campus are the main locations. The amount you select is billed to your Student Account and paid for as you pay your bill.

How is this plan different than the meal plan? 

The meal plan value is only usable at the Dining Hall, CK2, the Kayak, the Garden, and the Village Market Deli, and vending machines. The prepaid account can be used for Village Market groceries, Campus Shop supplies (non-books), and printing/copying services around campus.

What if I don’t use the whole amount? Is it refundable? 

After the semester is over we will refund any unused portion of the prepaid account.

I selected $150, but decided I don’t want this on my account, can I get a refund now? 

The selection on the prepaid account locks in on the last day to add classes each semester. After that date the only refund will take place after the semester is over.

Do I need a Prepaid Campus Account to purchase books? 

No, book purchases are charged to your account as you purchase them through the online book store, BNC (third party vendor).