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Carolina Food Co.

Traditional Plans

Your university meal plan will include a specific number of meal swipes per week. These meal swipes can be used to enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner at our all-you-care-to-eat restaurants, food court or retail dining locations. Meal plan dollars (MPD), that come with all traditional meal plans, can be used anytime at on-campus dining locations for meals, snacks and overages. 

Fall 2020 Meal Plans 

Meal plan sign ups for fall 2020 can be made by visiting the Self Service Carolina portal at until August 20.  After August 20, meal plan sign ups and upgrades can be made directly with the CarolinaCard Office.

Customize a Meal Plan

Meal Plan Platinum ($325 MPD)

Gold ($190 MPD) Silver ($25 MPD) No MPD
Gamecock 21 $2,327 $2,221 $2,047 N/A
Cocky 16 $2,232 $2,115 $1,941 N/A
Garnet 14 $2,087 $1,958 $1,790 (First-year default) N/A
Carolina 10
(Gamecock Gateway students only)
N/A $1,754 N/A N/A

Meal plan pricing show above is subject to change based on Board of Trustee approval in mid-July.

* First-year residents default plan: Garnet 14 - Silver
* Gamecock Gateway students default plan: Carolina 10 - Gold

Step One:
Select the number of meal swipes you would like per week:

  • Gamecock 21: 21 meal swipes per week  (Best Value)
  • Cocky 16: 16 meal swipes per week  (Most Popular)
  • Garnet 14: 14 meal swipes per week  (Good Value)

Meal swipes can be used in our residential restaurants for all-you-care-to-eat dining or in retail for a meal equivalency. You can use more than one swipe per meal period and up to 4 in a day. There is a 30-minute window between allowed swipes. Unused meal swipes expire at the end of the week and meal swipes will reset back the following week.

Some students have meal plan requirements. The Garnet 14 Silver plan is the minimum required meal plan for all first-year students living on-campus in university housing. For Gateway students, the Carolina 10 Gold ($190 MPD)  plan is the minimum required meal plan.


Step Two: 
Select the amount of meal plan dollars you'd like for the semester:

  • Platinum: $325 Meal Plan Dollars
  • Gold: $190 Meal Plan Dollars
  • Silver: $25 Meal Plan Dollars

Meal plan dollars (MPD) are tax free and can be used for snacks, coffee or overages at retail locations when using a meal equivalency. MPD can be used at all dining locations and expire at the end of the semester.


Step Three: 
Purchase your meal plan starting mid-July!

Visit, select “Your Student Account” and choose your desired meal plan.

 *Meal plan swipes and meal plan dollars expire at the conclusion of each semester.


 Fall 2020 Cash Equivalency for Meal Swipes in Retail

Meal Period Time Retail Meal Allowance
Breakfast (6 a.m. - 10:29 a.m.)  $6.19
Lunch (10:30 a.m. - 3:59 p.m.)  $7.29
Dinner (4 p.m. - 11:59 p.m.)  $7.49
Late Night (12:00 a.m. - 3:00 a.m.)  $7.49

 *Cash Equivalency is only offered at retail dining locations

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