Graduate Student Meal Plan Terms and Conditions

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Student must have a current and active registration indicating that they are a Graduate Student in Bearfacts to purchase or add points to this plan.

Period of Contract
Fall and Spring semester dates as defined in the official University academic calendar shall constitute the period of the Graduate Student Meal Plan contract, except for holiday periods. All meal plan contracts begin on the Sunday prior Fall Semester instruction begins, and ends on the last Friday of Spring Semester (the Friday of Finals Week). Please view the UC Berkeley academic calendar for up-to-date information.

The Graduate Meal Plan contract is for the Fall and Spring semesters. No contracts are sold individually for either Fall Semester or Spring Semester only. Graduate Students are charged the full dollar amount associated with the Graduate Student Meal Plan. Points and costs are not pro-rated based on date of purchase.

Graduate Student Meal Plans must be purchased online using credit card payment. Accepted credit cards include Visa, Mastercard and Discover. Graduate meal plans cannot be billed to your CARS account.

Additional Points
Additional meal plan points can be purchased online at any time prior to the contract end date (last Friday of Spring Semester - Friday of Finals Week). $50 purchases 55 points.  All points will rollover from the Fall Semester to Spring Semester.

There are no refunds, transfers, or cancellations of the Graduate Student Meal Plans. All points (including additional points purchased) must be used by the last Friday of Spring Semester (Friday of Finals Week) or funds will be forfeited. No unused points will rollover to the Summer Semester or to the next academic year.

Cal 1 Card
Cal Dining uses a computerized system to control access to its facilities. The Cal 1 Card is encoded for the appropriate Meal Plan specified on a student's account. No meal shall be provided by Cal Dining without presentation of a valid Cal 1 Card. Cal 1 Cards are not transferable. In the absence of the Cal 1 Card, meals may be purchased with cash, credit, or debit. The Cal 1 Card is valuable and should be protected accordingly. You are solely responsible for immediately reporting / deactivating a lost or stolen Cal 1 Card.  The most effective way to do so is online by logging onto your account (  If you do not have access to the internet when your card is lost or stolen, reports can be made in person at the Cal 1 Card Office or by calling 1.866.2UCBCARD. Once the card is reported missing, you assume no further liability for unauthorized use. A $25 non-refundable replacement fee will be assessed to your student billing account. If your card was stolen and you filed a police report for that incident, the replacement fee will be waived with the provision of the corresponding police report when requesting the replacement.  Replacement cards are only issued to students with a current registration status in the applicable academic term. NOTE: If you withdraw from classes, the Cal 1 Card cannot be replaced if you lose it and you will not be able to use your meal plan points.

Special Diets
Cal Dining strives to provide a variety of meal options, including vegetarian and vegan selections. Although not guaranteed, special diets can generally be accommodated within our regular offerings. Residents are encouraged to arrange a meeting with our Registered Dietitian to discuss any special dietary concerns or food allergies by e-mailing

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