Beginning in fall 2019, all students who are enrolled in at least five credit hours each semester, including commuters and non-residential students, are now required to purchase the mandatory Declining Balance meal plan.

The meal plan is mandatory, regardless of whether they eat on campus or not. This is the first year students are required to have this meal plan.

“I have had students ask me why this is done,” said Billy Martin, Associate Vice President of Student Affairs.

“This has been found on other campuses to engage students outside the classroom,” said Martin. “You know, food unites us
all. We are hoping this will get students to come and spend more time on campus.”

The Declining Balance meal plan adds

$300 to students’ Colonel Cards, which can be used at any location on campus including Case Dining, Chick-Fil-A, Steak n’ Shake, Starbucks, etc.

At the beginning of the fall 2019 semester, student accounts will automatically be charged this fee.

Any remaining balance at the end of the fall semester will automatically roll over to the spring semester.

If the remaining balance is unused by the end of the spring semester, EKU will offer a refund for the remaining balance on declining balance meal plans.

Students requesting a refund for unused funds, will need to apply for the refund through EKUDirect under the Student Services and Financial Aid tab.

Submission for the refund will open on May 15, 2020 and close on June 15, 2020 at midnight.

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