Yes. A minimum of $100 is required per plan (including Independence and Patriot Plans). Liberty Plans have fixed amounts assigned to them. However, additional Dining Dollars are not required if a second Patriot Plan is purchased within the same semester.

Note: The average student selects $350 of Dining Dollars.

Dining Dollars may be added in one of four increments: $100, $200, $350, or $500 at any point during the year. To add Dining Dollars, click on meal plan management on the left side of the screen. If you have further questions, please email

Remember: Dining Dollars will rollover into Spring semester as a courtesy, but they become non-refundable at the end of Spring Semester.

Dining Dollars are tax-exempt (6% savings) at most dining venues and come with certain meal plans (Independence, Liberty and Patriot). You can use them in all dining venues, pay for Starship Deliveries and Grubhub. Your funds will roll over from fall to spring semesters.

Mason Money is separate from your meal plan, and you can use it at a variety of places such as dining, book store, print shop, parking services. Mason Money is taxable.

Remember: Dining Dollars offer Dollar-For-Dollar Tax-Exempt (6% savings) at all dining venues on all campuses; Mason Money is not tax-exempt.
Freshmen and sophomores living on campus without a full kitchen are required to have an Independence Meal Plan. Junior and Seniors living on campus without a full kitchen are required to have either an Independence Meal Plan or Liberty Plan.

On campus students who live in apartment-style-halls (Rogers, Townhouses, Northern Neck, Liberty Square, Potomac Heights) are not required to have a meal plan. However, all meal plans are available to off campus students. Take this short quiz to find out your perfect match.

Liberty Square | Northern Neck | Potomac Heights | Rogers | Townhouses
Yes, graduate students living in areas without full kitchens are required to select one of the Liberty or Independence Plans.
The university feels that the Independence Plans are instrumental in acclimating freshmen and sophomores to campus life. Not only will it enhance community living, but it will also ensure healthy dining choices are available at every meal.

Starship delivery robots are our little helpers that deliver food and snack to you and your friends on campus. They are contactless, low cost, fast and friendly.

You can use Dining Dollars or Mason Money as well as credit/debit card to pay small delivery fee. Experience the future today:

GrubHub is an app that helps you to order ahead. Simply download the Grubnub App from the App Store to begin ordering today. Once your meal plan is loaded onto your student account, you will have the option to select Dining Dollars or Mason Money as your form of payment

Each dining hall has Simple Servings station. All foods served at this station are prepared exclusively with ingredients that do not contain the following food allergens: Milk, Eggs, Wheat, Soy, Tree Nuts, Shellfish, Gluten, Peanuts. All staff working at that station are AllerTrain certified.

If you have allergy or dietary concern, we encourage you to set up a FREE appointment with our Registered Dietitian Brooke Tresch (

The Mason Dining Registered Dietitian is a free resource for all students. Students may meet with the dietitian to help navigate the dining venues on campus based on specific dietary needs.
Mason Dining is making a concentrated effort to serve certified halal meat following locations:
Halal Options at Resident Dining:
  • Southside and Ike's Dining Halls - Simple Servings station. In the event that non-halal items are the only option, halal entrée will still be available upon request. 
  • The Globe Dining Hall - halal options are available upon request.
Halal Meat
Halal Options at Retail Dining:
The Halal Guys, located at the Johnson Center, serves "American halal" platters and sandwiches, prepared using ingredients such as chicken, gyro meat, falafel, and rice. The taste has been described as entailing a complex melting pot of flavors originating from the Mediterranean and the Middle East.
Halal Guys 
Only Starbucks, Panera Bread, Panda Express, Manhattan Pizza, Chipotle accept gift cards.