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Meal Plans

Our plans are all about Convenience, Flexibility, and Savings!

  • No limited number of meals-per-week or missed meals.
  • Eat when and where you want at 25+ locations open 19 hours a day.
  • Pricing is à la carte–pay only for the items you select.
  • Rollover any unused I-BUCKS to next semester or the next school year.
  • Reward yourself–the more you spend with us, the more you save!
Home > Meal Plans > How Meal Plans Work

How Meal Plans Work

We offer I-BUCKS 60 and I-BUCKS 25 plans to students and smaller Flex Bucks plans to students, faculty, and staff. All of our plans operate in a similar manner. The differences are in prices, cancellation terms, and the length of time the plan is active.

All of our meal plans use a point-based currency system called I-BUCKS or Flex Bucks, which are our version of meal points. I-BUCKS and Flex Bucks are used to purchase food and other items at our locations.

The number of I-BUCKS or Flex Bucks available on a meal plan is determined by the total price of the plan less operational costs.

Plan Price - Operational Costs = I-BUCKS or Flex Bucks

Three other important things about our meal plans:

  1. Operational costs are the non-food costs to operate dining services and include labor, supplies, maintenance, equipment and utilities, etc. Because we take the money for operational costs up front, you receive a 60 or 25 percent discount off listed retail prices. Here are some examples:

    Jane has an I-BUCKS 60 meal plan and buys a lunch at Wright Food Court that has a retail list price of $10. Jane receives a 60 percent discount off of $10, so she only pays 4 I-BUCKS.

    If Jane instead had an I-BUCKS 25 or Flex Bucks meal plan, the same $10 meal would have cost her 7.5 I-BUCKS or Flex Bucks.

  2. You reward yourself when you add money to an I-BUCKS meal plan. Here's how:

    Jane is running out of I-BUCKS 60 and adds $50 to her meal plan. She isn't charged operational costs on this $50, so she gets 50 I-BUCKS with a retail value of $125 because she still receives a 60 percent discount on her purchases.

  3. I-BUCKS do rollover from fall to spring semester, and from one academic year to the next. Refer to your housing and/or dining contract for specific rollover terms and conditions.
Home > Meal Plans > Compare Meal Plans

Compare Meal Plans

Please review the plan below:

Plan Purchase Price Operational Costs Flex Bucks Discount Off Retail Purchasing Power
Faculty/Staff Flex Bucks $50 $10 40 25% $53
Benefits
  • Low-price, debit-style plan.
  • Over $3 bonus value with each plan purchase.
  • Valid for 18 months and you can repurchase as needed.
  • Return on investment of 6.67%.
  • Home > Meal Plans > Buy or Change a Meal Plan

    Buy or Change a Meal Plan

    Students living with RPS who are required to purchase a meal plan will select it while completing the housing application.

    Other students buy an I-BUCKS or buy a Flex Bucks plan online at any time.

    Faculty and staff may purchase a Flex Bucks plan online at any time.

    I-BUCKS 60 and 25 meal plan selections may be changed by August 1 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester.

    Home > Meal Plans > Check Your Account Balance

    Check Your Account Balance

    You may check your balance and add more I-BUCKS at any time! A budgeting tool is available within the app to plan your spending so you never run out.

    Remember, the more you spend with us, the more you save!

    • I-BUCKS 60 additions start at $25 and up in $5 increments. Each dollar added represents a retail value $2.50.
    • I-BUCKS 25 additions start at $10 and up in $10 increments. Each dollar added represents a retail value of $1.20.

    You may check your balance or purchase another Flex Bucks plan online.

    Similarly, you may view all your balances (including I-BUCKS, Flex Bucks, and Crimson Card) anytime at My IU ID Accounts.


    Dining Services

    Administrative Offices
    Nelson Administration Building
    801 N. Jordan Avenue
    Bloomington, IN 47405-2107
    Phone: 812-855-2417
    Meal Plans & I-BUCKS: 812-856-1515
    Fax: 812-855-3287
     
    RPS Dining Services rpsdine@indiana.edu
    Hire Me hireme@indiana.edu
    RPS Dietitian nutrinfo@indiana.edu

    Dining Services

    Administrative Offices
    Nelson Administration Building
    801 N. Jordan Avenue
    Bloomington, IN 47405-2107
     
     
    Phone: 812-855-2417
    Meal Plans & I-BUCKS: 812-856-1515
    Fax: 812-855-3287
    RPS Dining Services rpsdine@indiana.edu
    Hire Me hireme@indiana.edu
    RPS Dietitian nutrinfo@indiana.edu

    Dining Services

    Administrative Offices
    Nelson Administration Building
    801 N. Jordan Avenue
    Bloomington, IN 47405-2107
    Phone: 812-855-2417
    Meal Plans & I-BUCKS: 812-856-1515
    Fax: 812-855-3287
    RPS Dining Services rpsdine@indiana.edu
    Hire Me hireme@indiana.edu
    RPS Dietitian nutrinfo@indiana.edu