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Plan Definitions

Cougar Bucks - Optional debit account that can be used for meals as well as for vending, laundry, printing, bookstore and other places on campus. See a full list of places you can use your Cougar Card. Funds are added to this account online at MyCougarCard through the MySIUE portal or in person with the Cougar Bucks Deposit Form at the Service Center, room 1309, Rendleman Hall. Unspent money can be refunded if certain criteria are met and a completed refund form is submitted. See Request for Refund for details.

Mandatory Meal Plan - 60/40 Plan or Plan A or B - These meal plans are required and are part of the housing contract for all residents of Woodland, Prairie, or Bluff Hall. No sales tax is charged for mandatory meal plans. Residents of Evergreen Hall or Cougar Village Apartments have the option of purchasing Plan A or B. Funds are added to these plans in University Housing. Plans can be used only for meals at any University food venue. Any unspent money on these plans is refunded automatically at the end of spring semester to the student's account.

Voluntary Meal Plan - Plans D, E and F - These optional meal plans are available only to students residing in Evergreen Hall or Cougar Village Apartments and are part of the housing contract. No sales tax is charged for these voluntary meal plans. Funds are added to these plans in University Housing. Plans can be used only for meals at any University food venue. A refund can be requested by sending an email to housing@siue.edu.

Cougar Commuter Plan - Optional meal plan available to non-resident students, faculty and staff. This plan is managed by the University Center and can be used only at University food venues and vending. An initial $100 minimum deposit is required. The University provides a 10% incentive for every dollar placed. For example, a $100 deposit will result in $110 available to be spent on food. Funds are added to this account in person with the Cougar Commuter Meal Plan Deposit Form at the Service Center, room 1309, Rendleman Hall. Unspent money can be refunded if certain criteria are met and a complete refund form is submitted. See Request for Refund for details.

Spend $ on ... Tax-Exempt? Available to ... Refundable?
Cougar Bucks Meals and More No Students, faculty, staff Yes, if criteria are met
Mandatory Meal Plans Meals Only Yes Mandatory for residents of Woodland, Prairie of Bluff Hall. Optional for residents of Evergreen Hall and Cougar Village Yes. Automatically refunded at end of spring semester to your student account
Voluntary Meal Plan Meals Only Yes Students residing in Evergreen Hall or Cougar Village Yes, with email request
Commuter Meal Plan Meals and Vending No Non-resident students, faculty, staff Yes, if criteria are met