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Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Can first-year students change their dining plan?

A: First-year students have two choices: The Ultimate Access Meal Plan and the All Access 7 Meal Plan. Students can upgrade to the Ultimate Access Meal Plan at any time. Any first-year student who did not sign up for a meal plan by the deadline of July 6, 2018, will be signed up for the default plan, the All Access 7 Meal Plan.

Q: What happens if a student has unused Plus Dollars at the end of the semester?

A: Unused Plus Dollars transfer from the fall to the spring semester, but must be used by the end of spring semester. At the end of the spring semester, any unused dollars are not refundable and cannot be transferred to the summer or the new academic year.

Q: How can you add Plus Dollars?

A: When students purchase snacks or full meals, they can ask the cashier how many Plus Dollars they have remaining. If their balance is low, students or parents can add more Plus Dollars by going to The additional Plus Dollars will be credited to the student’s card in a separate account, and the bill will be sent to the email billing address on file with Student Financial Services. Please note, additional Plus Dollars are in a separate account and will not show up on the card readers until the original contractual balance of Plus Dollars has been totally depleted; the new funds are then immediately accessible. Check Plus Dollar balances by going to the Cavalier Advantage website.

Q: What is the difference between Plus Dollars and Cavalier Advantage?

A: Plus Dollars are a part of a student’s dining plan and are only available for use in dining locations on the Grounds. When students use Plus Dollars, they automatically receive a tax savings on their purchases, and Plus Dollars can be added at any time. A Cavalier Advantage account can be used just about anywhere on the Grounds — from vending machines, copy machines, and parking to the UVa Bookstore and all dining locations.

Q: What if my daughter or son has food allergies or needs dietary modifications?

A: UVa Dining is a partner in the health and wellness of students. Food allergies and intolerances do not excuse first-year students from mandatory meal plans. An on-staff nutritionist, location managers, and executive chefs will all work together with your student to create a personalized dining plan. UVa Dining works with hundreds of students annually with food allergies and intolerances to ensure they are being served with excellence. Please have your student email to start the process.

Q: Are vegetarian options available?

A: Yes. Students will find meatless entrees and vegan choices at all residential dining rooms during each meal period. Students are not excused from a meal plan because they are vegan or vegetarian. A variety of options are available at all dining rooms, all meals.

Q: What about kosher dining?

A: UVa Dining provides kosher dining in partnership with the Hillel House at the University of Virginia. Hillel House provides kosher meals at both lunch and dinner for Fresh Food Co. at Newcomb and O-Hill Dining Room. UVa Dining does not keep a kosher kitchen. All meals, therefore, come from Hillel House. For more information on this program, please contact

Q: Can parents eat in the dining rooms on Grounds?

Parents with students on a meal plan are welcome to eat for free in any residential dining room with their students when they visit after Move-In weekend. Students must be on a meal plan and must be dining in with their parents to take advantage of the "Parents Eat Free" program.