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Carolina Food Co.

A group USC students enjoy a casual meal on-campus.

Meal Plans

Our affordable meal plans, which are available in various sizes, are designed to meet the dining needs of different groups of students as well as individual students. Meal plans are mandatory for all first-year students who are living on campus. 

Find a Plan

Your meal plan will include a specific number of meal swipes you can use to enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and late night meals on-campus. To your meal plan, which is purchased per semester, you can add meal plan dollars (MPD) for use at all campus dining locations for meals, snacks and meal swipe overages. 


 *Meal plans expire at the conclusion of each semester.

Meal Period Time Retail Meal Allowance
Breakfast (6 a.m. - 10:29 a.m.)  $5.54
Lunch (10:30 a.m. - 3:59 p.m.)  $6.95
Dinner (4 p.m. - 11:59 p.m.)  $7.46
Late Night (12:00 a.m. - 3:00 a.m.)  $7.46


Frequently Asked Questions

Meal swipes are only used on the Meal Swipe options in convenience locations. Take a look at the options.
Yes, first-year students are required to have a meal plan. Your are assigned the Garnet 14 with 25 Meal Plan Dollars to start with, but you are able to upgrade to any of our weekly plans.
No, your meal plan does not rollover to the next semester. You will need to sign up for your meal plan each semster.
Meal Plan Dollars are loaded on your Carolina Card along with the meal plan that you selected. Those dollars can be used for snacks and small items that you would not want to use a whole swipe for.


*Student meal plans are active for usage all days with the exception of March 7th through March 15th during Spring Break.  Meal Plans will resume during the dinner period on March 15th. The last day of meal plan usage for the Spring 2020 semester is Thursday, May 7th.


Terms & Conditions

All funds and plans purchased for use at the University of South Carolina are for the personal use of the owner of the account or plan only and are non-transferable. Meals may not be bought or sold, and meal plan holder must accompany guest when using guest meals. The Carolina Food Co. funds and plans cannot be used as a gift card or gift certificate.Except as otherwise expressly stated in these terms, all Carolina Food Co. funds and plans are non-refundable and will expire on December 16, 2019.


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