OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Money Matters

Budgeting Your Dollars

The dining plan provided by University Housing and Dining Services can be compared to a grocery budget. If used wisely, the plan will provide enough credit to last an entire term.

This budget grid is intended to be used as a budgeting tool only. (It is not a guarantee of any refund due to you if you cancel during the term.)

Dining Plan Budget Chart 2014-15
Week
Ultimate
Premium
Preferred
Basic
 
$ Left in Plan
$ Left in Plan
$ Left in Plan
$ Left in Plan
1 (start)
1,167
922
676
430
2
1,060
840
610
389
3
954
756
549
350
4
848
672
488
311
5
742
588
427
272
6
636
504
366
233
7
530
420
305
194
8
424
336
244
155
9
318
252
183
116
10
212
168
122
78
11
106
84
61
39

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the beginning of a given week, you would want to have around the dollar value (corresponding to your dining plan) remaining on your ID card if you want the dining balance to last the entire term.

For example, if you purchased the ULTIMATE Plan, you should have about $742 left on your plan at the beginning of Week 5. If you purchased the PREFERRED Plan, you should have about $427 left on your plan at the beginning of Week 5.

If you find that you have spent over your budget, you may go to MyUHDS and switch to a larger dining plan. You may add money to your Orange Rewards plan on the MyCard site or visit the ID center in person (located in B094 Kerr Administration Building) and pay using cash, check, VISA, or MasterCard.

If you find you are under budget, you may visit MyUHDS and switch to a lower dining plan.

A 15% discount is given with the Ultimate, Premium, Preferred, and Basic dining plans when food is purchased at any UHDS Restaurant. (Arnold Bistro, Markeplace West, McNary Dining, Cascadia Market, Peet's Coffee and Tea, and Bing's Cafe).

Checking Dining & Rewards Balance

Residence Hall Students

Students living in the residence halls have access to their UHDS Dining Dollar and Orange Rewards balances at a click of a button. Simply log in to MyCard site with your ONID ID and view your balances at any time.

MyCard allows you to manage your Orange Rewards account online. You may view your Orange Rewards account; view past Orange Rewards transactions; add money to your Orange Rewards account: set up, update and manage Orange Rewards contributors other than yourself; and deactivate or reactivate your lost OSU ID card.

Adding Orange Rewards

Students who wish to add money to their Orange Rewards account can do so at the OSU ID Center in B094 Kerr or through the MyCard site. You will need to be prepared to pay for the requested addition with cash, check, Visa, or MasterCard.

The requested amount of money will be added to your Orange Rewards account. The Orange Rewards account can be used in all campus dining locations. It will carry over from term to term and year to year as long as you are an OSU student.

Changing Meal Plans

Occasionally students find that the dining plan they currently have is either too big or too small to meet their dining needs. The UHDS contract requires all residence hall students to have a meal plan but allows students to change their dining plan to better accommodate their needs. Some of the specific parameters include:

  • Dining Plan changes may be requested during the term at any time until May 31st via the online portal MyUHDS by using your ONID ID to log in.
  • Requests will be processed for the term the form is submitted online. No requests may be submitted during the breaks between terms.
  • Plan changes will be retroactive to the beginning of the current term. Each term ends the Friday of Finals Week.
  • Requests to lower a plan will not be processed if the plan balance is too small to accommodate the requested change.
  • The resident's OSU Account will be adjusted by the same amount as the dining plan card adjustment.
  • UHDS Dining Dollars transfer from term to term, but must be used by the end of Spring Term.

If a resident wants to lower their dining plan, they need to have a remaining card balance bigger than the amount to be deducted.

    Change FROM
    Change TO
    Amount to be deducted from ID Card
    Ultimate Premium
    $245.00
    Ultimate Preferred
    $491.00
    Ultimate Basic
    $737.00
    Premium Preferred
    $246.00
    Premium Basic
    $492.00
    Preferred Basic
    $246.00

If a resident wants to raise their dining plan, these are the amounts they will see added to their card and to their OSU Student Account with the change.

    Change FROM
    Change TO
    Amount to be added to ID Card
    Basic Preferred
    $246.00
    Basic Premium
    $492.00
    Basic Ultimate
    $737.00
    Preferred Premium
    $246.00
    Preferred Ultimate
    $491.00
    Premium Ultimate
    $245.00

Orange Rewards for All OSU Students, Staff, and Faculty

Join the Orange Rewards program and your OSU ID card will give you a 10% discount at all 28 campus restaurants, coffee shops, and markets.  You will also receive access to members-only opportunities that provide you exclusive discounts and other special offers. On-campus Fall term residents will automatically have $100 of Orange Rewards in addition to their UHDS Dining Plan.

The MyCard website allows you to manage your Orange Rewards account online. You may view your Orange Rewards balance, view past Orange Rewards transactions, and add money to your Orange Rewards account. You can also set and manage Orange Rewards contributors or "donors" other than yourself for your convenience.