Board Plans & Policies
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On Campus: All first year students are required to participate in the Res 19 plan (any 19 meals). All upperclass students living in College housing excluding the College apartments, participate in either the Res 19 (any 19 meals), Res 14 (any 14 meals) or the Res 10 (any 10 meals) plan.
Off Campus: Students living in College apartments or off-campus may purchase any of the board plans listed above or the Bear 9 (any 9 meals) or Declining Balance Plan. The Declining Balance Plan is an all-points plan that allows off-campus students a flexible alternative to eat meals at the dining halls or on an a la carte basis in the dining cash operations. Points not used at the end of the semester are forfeited and cannot be carried forward to the next semester.
Polar Points: Board plans include a cash component called "points" which may be used when board plans are active. These points enable students to bring guests to the dining halls or purchase a la carte foods at the Smith Union dining operations. Points not used at the end of the semester are forfeited and cannot be carried forward to the next semester. Additional funds for dining may be purchased through the OneCard program.
ID Cards: Board plans are not transferable and all students are required to present their ID cards for entrance into the dining halls and for meal plan point or OneCard purchases in the cash operations. Students who do not have their ID cards may pay the cash rate for their meal. Lost student ID cards should be reported and replaced immediately at the OneCard office located in Coles Tower adjacent to Thorne Hall.
Billing Process and Financial Aid: All meal plans are billed to student accounts on a semester basis. Board plans may be changed during an enrollment period at the end of each semester. Following the enrollment period, a $25 fee will be charged for late changes. No changes will be allowed after the late change period. Please understand that choice of meal plan directly affects the board charge on your semester bill. Since board cost is a component of a student's financial aid budget, financial aid awards will be adjusted for students on aid who do not select the "Res 19" meal plan.
Fee Allocation: The board plan fee is based on the historical number of meals eaten by the average student in each board plan. Because of the College support services needed to operate two dining halls and three a la carte operations, a major portion of the board fee goes to pay operating costs and contribute to the overhead of the College. Income is allocated to pay expenses in the following areas: wages and benefits, food, fixed and overhead costs and other expenses such as supplies, laundry and trash removal.
Schedule: Dining halls provide board meals during the 31 weeks that school is in session. Dining facilities may be open during Thanksgiving vacation, the semester break and spring break but board is not active during these periods. The board plan provides for brunch and dinner during the fall break.
Questions regarding board plan policies at Bowdoin? Contact Tricia Gipson, Business Manager, 725-3912