Along with access to the residential restaurants, each meal plan comes with Dining Dollars that can be used at any on-campus M Food Co. location, including Starbucks, Panda Express, Chick-fil-A, Subway, Erbert & Gerbert’s, Caribou Coffee, and more. These funds are conveniently loaded on your U Card.

Dining Dollars make your U Card work like a declining balance card. When purchasing food, present your U Card to the cashier and let them know you want to use Dining Dollars. They will swipe your card and deduct your purchase from your Dining Dollars account balance. M Food Co. also accepts Gopher GOLD.

Duluth students: Dining Dollars from Twin Cities and Duluth are separate accounts and do not transfer between campuses.


Dining Dollar plans are à la carte and may be added at any time via the Dine on Campus website


Table of available Dining Dollar deposit levels
Plan Level You Pay Bonus Dollars* Total Dining Dollars Bonus %
Minimum Deposit $25 $0 $25 0%
Basic $50 $0 $50 0%
DD 160 $150 $10 $160 5%
DD 320 $300 $20 $320 7%
DD 650 $600 $50 $650 8%
DD 1100 $1,000 $100 $1,100 10%
DD 1540 $1,400 $140 $1,540 10%

*Dining Dollars Bonus Dollars are issued for online transactions only. Physical deposits in the U Card Office are not eligible for bonus dollars.

Financial Clarifications

Unused Dining Dollars

Unused Dining Dollars carry over through semesters in the same academic year until the balance has been used. On May 13, 2023 any funds remaining in individual Dining Dollars accounts will be removed and transferred to the U of M.

Cash Equivalent

One (1) Dining Dollar is equivalent to One (1) US Dollar.