A food service employee puts a pizza in the brick pizza oven at Stack's Market at Penn State Harrisburg.

Commuter Meal Plan Terms and Conditions


The Commuter Meal Plan offers two levels for students living off campus to purchase. Level one offers $500 in funds, level two offers $1,000. Commuter Meal Plan members will receive a 10 percent discount at the all-you-care-to-eat facilities and a 10 percent discount on prepared items at select Campus Dining locations. No discount is given on branded or packaged items, or at nationally branded restaurants and cafes.

Purchasing the Commuter Meal Plan

The Commuter Meal Plan is available to purchase online through the eLiving website, and the amount for the level purchased will be charged to the student’s Bursar account. The Commuter Meal Plan can be purchased online only during the announced time frame and only if the student has a registration status of “expected” or “scheduled” – meaning the student has not yet completed the registration process by filing their semester bill. Once the contract is submitted, the funds will be available after the student has then completed the registration process. More information about the registration process is available at http://www.registrar.psu.edu/registration/completing_registration.cfm.

Students who are already registered cannot purchase the Commuter Meal Plan. Students should deposit funds into their LionCash+ account at www.idonline.psu.edu.

Once purchased, the Commuter Meal Plan cannot be adjusted to a higher or lower level or cancelled.

Commuter Meal Plan Account Balances

Remaining funds at the end of the fall semester will carry over to spring semester. Any remaining funds at the end of spring semester are forfeited. If the account balance runs low, funds will automatically be pulled from the student’s LionCash+ (provided there are funds available in LionCash+) at the same discounted rate.

Transfer of the Commuter Meal Plan to Another Student

The Commuter Meal Plan cannot be transferred or assigned to another student. The id+ card is used as the meal access card and may be used only by the student to whom it is issued.

Removing Food or Unauthorized Entry into the Dining Commons

When dining in the all-you-care-to-eat locations, takeout options are one piece of hand fruit (apple, orange, or banana) and one ice cream cone. Removing additional food or beverages, dishes, or silverware from the dining room or entering the dining commons without paying for the meal will be considered theft. Theft in the dining commons is a serious issue that will result in disciplinary action by the Office of Residence Life, the Office of Student Conduct, and/or University Police. Further repercussions could include cancellation of the Housing and Food Service Contract. Campus Dining reserves the right to examine customers' backpacks or bags when they exit the dining commons. Acts of horseplay, food fights, and inline skates are prohibited. Students who violate this policy will be subject to disciplinary action.