Declining Balance Dining Cards

Make the most of your CSUSM Experience by buying a Declining Balance Dining Card today! 

  • Get Peace of Mind- knowing those dollars will go to food and beverage on campus. 
  • Totally Secure - if your Card is lost or stolen it can be replaced. 
  • Safer than carrying cash or a Credit Card to make food purchases on Campus. 

On a budget? You pick the amount you would like to load, choose any dollar amount or one of the following to load on your CSUSM Declining Balance Dining Card today.

$250 PLAN
$500 PLAN
$750 PLAN

Purchase your Dining Card HERE

Cards may also be purchased at the Dining Services office in the Market at USU.

 For more information contact Yanai.Yanez@sodexo.com

See below for Frequently Asked Questions:

You can purchase a card online by clicking HERE. You can choose one of the suggested amounts or pick your own amount to load.

You can make the most of your CSUSM Experience by buying a Declining Balance Dining Card today! 

  • Get Peace of Mind- knowing those dollars will go to food and beverage on campus. 
  • Totally Secure - if your Card is lost or stolen it can be replaced. 
  • Safer than carrying cash or a Credit Card to make food purchases on Campus. 

On a budget? You pick the amount you would like to load, choose any dollar amount or one of the following to load on your CSUSM Declining Balance Dining Card today.

If you need vegetarian or vegan options, those will be available when you select your meals. For all other special needs, questions or help contact yanai.yanez@sodexo.com

If you want to purchase a card and you are not sure about whether or not it will work your your specific dietary needs be sure to reach out to us before you purchase.

Purchase you card online HERE. You may pick up your card at the Dining Office inside The Market at the University Student Union, Monday – Friday, 10 am – 1pm

IF YOU ARE MOVING INTO HOUSING-

If you are moving into housing and you purchased a Declining Balance Dining Card online prior to move in, your card will be in your move in welcome packet.

You may use your Declining Balance Dining Card at:

·        The Market @ USU

·        Crash’s Café

·        Get Fresh

·        Caliente

·        WOW

·        Panda Express

·        Starbucks

Once you purchase a Declining Balance Dining Card you can add Cougar Dollars at any time. For further assistance with changing the value of your card please contact  Yanai.yanez@sodexo.xom

Example

750.00 Card

500.00 Card

250.00 Card

Add Dollars as needed

I like to eat every meal, every day.

X

X

 

 

I eat most meals on campus.

X

X

 

 

I eat late in the Day

X

 

X

 

I am a light eater.

 

 

X

 

I am not on campus for every meal.

 

 

X

 X

I need flexibility with my meal plan.

X

X

X

 X

I am a commuter, but I still want a meal plan.

X

X

X

X

I live in other Apartments, but I still want a meal plan.

X

X

X

X

Yes. Any unused Cougar Dollars rollover from the Fall to the Spring semester. Any Cougar Dollars remaining on your Declining Balance Dining Card at the close of the Spring semester can be used the following semester.

For Fall 2021 the average meal on Campus should cost you about 8.50 and a snack is about 4.00.

If you eat 2 times a day on campus plus a snack you should budget 21.00 a day for food.

·        A 250.00 card will cover you for about 3 weeks if you eat on campus 9 times a week and have a snack 4 times a week. Your results may vary based on your menu choices.

·        A 500.00 card will cover you for about 6 weeks if you eat on campus 9 times a week and have a snack 4 times a week. Your results may vary based on your menu choices.

·        A 750.00 card will cover you for about 2 months if you eat on campus 9 times a week and have a snack 4 times a week. Your results may vary based on your menu choices.

·        If you want to load your card one time for the Semester- we recommend you load 1600.00 and check your balance at the Thanksgiving break. You can always add more Cougar Dollars and they don’t expire.

Declining Balance Dining Card are not mandatory for resident students but highly suggested.

Any student may purchase a Declining Balance Dining Card HERE

Having a Declining Balance Dining Card is safe, secure and most of all ensures that the money you set aside for food on campus gets used for food on campus.

Declining Balance Dining Card Refund Policy:

-100% refund at any time for the remaining balance on the card. Contact Yanai.Yanez@sodexo.com if you need to request a refund.

Declining Balance Dining Card are an extremely valuable resource to CSUSM staff and students. If you lose your card, immediately contact the Dining Office during office hours to report it lost (760-750-4764). Or email at Yania.Yanez@sodexo.com. Replacement Declining Balance Dining Cards may be obtained from the Dining Services office for $5.00