Meal Swipes and Flex Dollars
Meal plans may include meal swipes and/or flex dollars to spend like cash, all accessible by using your Cal 1 Card at Cal Dining locations. There are meal plans for: students living in the residence halls (Ultimate, Gold or Blue Plans); students living in off-campus housing or university-owned/affiliated apartments (2700 Plan, 1900 Plan, 1400 Plan); graduate/extension students; and flex dollars for faculty and staff.
A meal swipe is how students living in a residence hall pay when they eat at the dining commons. Meal plans include a certain number of meal swipes stored on their Cal 1 Card. One meal swipe per meal period will be used each time a student enters the dining commons.
Flex dollars are stored on your Cal 1 Card and function like cash dollars, but they hold greater value because you can purchase them at a discount.
- For students living in residence halls, flex dollars may be used as payment at convenience stores, campus restaurants, late night, and concession stands, or at the dining commons if you out of meal swipes for the week.
- For students living in off-campus housing or university-owned/affiliated apartments, as well as graduate/extensions students, and faculty and staff, flex dollars may be used as payment in all dining locations.
Flex dollars can be used by anyone to pay for guests at a discounted rate at the dining commons.
Manage your meal plan online. Purchase a meal plan, buy add-on flex dollars, check your balances or transactions online anytime.