Meal Plans

Making Changes to my Account

  • Add Money: Add money to a Meal Plan or Campus Cash by clicking on this link: Deposit Now.
  • Account Details: Students and Employees access AppCard Online from their AppalNET accounts. See AppCard Online for details.
  • Change your Meal Plan:  Fill out the Meal Plan Change Request Form to change your meal plan level for the current semester, submit a change for next semester, or add a meal plan if you live off-campus .
  • Deactivate Your AppCard: Deactivate lost or stolen AppCards online through your AppalNET account. 
  • Transfer your Meal Plan Balance to Another Student: For full details on transfers, visit the Frequently Asked Questions page.

Meal Plan Options 2021 - 2022 Academic Year

Meal Plans allow students to purchase on-campus food and food-related items. There are no restrictions on how, when, or where students can use their funds. Meal Plan funds are non-refundable

Meal Plan Option

Price* Per Semester/Session

Low Option$1,124
Standard Option$1,446
High Option$1,680
Super Option$2,043
Summer 2021 Meal Plan$440 (SUMMER 2021 ONLY)

* Prices include state sales tax

About Meal Plans

Meal Plans operate on a declining balance system. Students are only charged for the food items they choose and can use Meal Plan funds anytime, anywhere for any on-campus food purchase. Meal Plans cannot be used for non-food items or off campus and are non-refundable.

Please see below for the following information:

Is a Meal Plan required?

Living in a residence hall on-campus*Yes
Living off campusNo
Classified as a freshman by credit hoursStandard Option and above**

* Students living in Appalachian Heights are not required to have a meal plan but may choose one if desired

** Students classified as freshmen by credit hours cannot select the Low Option Meal Plan

Selecting a Meal Plan & Adding Funds

Students living on campus choose a Meal Plan option when they complete their housing contract. Students not living on campus may contact the AppCard Office to add a Meal Plan to their account. Meal Plans will automatically be ready for use at the beginning of each semester for which a student is enrolled. Students may change a Meal Plan option by contacting the AppCard Office (828-262-6141).

  • Adding Funds in person is currently unavailable due to COVID-19 precautions.
  • Add Funds Online: There is a $5.00 minimum to make a deposit online (MasterCard or Visa) and a $0.50 service charge is added.
  • Because Meal Plan funds are non-refundable, we recommend adding additional funds as needed. Students are able to monitor account usage and check daily spending through AppCard Online.

Spending Meal Plan Money

Because our pricing is a la carte rather than based on a number of set meals each day, students have complete flexibility of how, when, and where to use their Meal Plans.


  • Meal Plans operate on a declining balance system which allows students to select only the items they desire to purchase. This means if they want a cup of coffee and a bagel, the price of those items is removed from their balance. 
  • Balances on Meal Plans carry over from Fall to Spring semester and end on Spring Commencement. Funds not spent by this date are non-refundable.
  • There are no restrictions on the number of times per day students use their Meal Plan ( with the minor exception of a $40 per day limit on vending machine purchases).
  • Students can use Meal Plan funds for food purchases anytime, anywhere on-campus.
  • Meal Plans cannot be used off campus.
  • Students cannot withdraw cash. 


  • All food items are priced individually.
  • Students have control over how best to spend their funds.
  • Daily spending can vary greatly according to eating habits and selections.
  • Visit the Price Comparison Tool to learn more about how Campus Dining prices compare to those of area restaurants.


Use Meal Plan funds for any on-campus food purchase. Meal Plans cannot be used off campus.