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Freshmen: All resident freshmen must
subscribe to the Foundation Meal Plan.
Sophomores: All resident sophomores
(regardless of style of housing) must choose among four dining plans: the
Foundation Meal Plan, the Residential Meal Plan, Declining Balance Option I or Declining Balance Option II.
Juniors, Seniors and Fifth Years: When
resident in the Hill Houses or the Alcove Suites, juniors, seniors and
fifth-year students must choose among five plans: the Foundation Meal Plan, the
Residential Meal Plan, Declining Balance Option I, Declining Balance Option II or Declining Balance Option III.
When resident in the Benefit Street
Apartments, the apartments at 15 West, or the lofts at 15 West, students may
choose from any meal plan option or none at all.
Graduate Students: Graduate students may choose from
any meal option or none at all.
Commuter Account : Initial purchase of $250 and
provides $250 Dining Dollars. The commuter plan carries over, and your Dining Dollars are
available until graduation.
NOTE: The Commuter Dining Plan is
not available to any residential students.
Terms + Conditions
• Meal plan contracts are available to
all undergraduate and graduate students.
• Upper class students are automatically
contracted and billed for the meal plan they had the previous year.
• Although billed by semester, meal plan
contracts are in effect for the full academic year.
• After classes begin, meal plan
contracts may be cancelled in person at the Dining Services main office through
the first two weeks of the semester. No meal plan contract may be canceled
after the second week of the fall semester.
• Meal plan contracts may be changed
only once each semester.
• If you withdraw from RISD before the end of the second week of the new
semester, you will receive an 80% refund on remaining dining dollars. After
that period, 35% of your remaining balance will be refunded. Refunds on the
Foundation and Residential Meal Plans are prorated based on the cost of the
• The Business Office will not process
meal plan contract changes or cancellations. You must contact Dining Services
directly and in person for any action pertaining to meal plan contracts.
Omission of board contract fees from payments to the Business office does not
constitute cancellation of a meal plan contract.
• Meal plan contracts and portions
thereof are non-transferable.
• Meal plan participants must abide by
the same conduct rules outlined in the Residential Life Handbook. Violation may
result in a termination from plan or other disciplinary action.
• Unused Dining Dollars are
non-refundable and are forfeited at the end of the applicable year for all
plans except the commuter plan.
• If plan is terminated for violation of
any of the above terms and conditions, all remaining balance is forfeited.