published Friday, April 25th, 2014

UT revisits required dining plans for off-campus students

KNOXVILLE — Five months after the University of Tennessee scrapped a new dining plan that required a buy-in from off-campus students, the university is once again floating a similar proposal.

The newest proposal, which would go into effect in fall 2015, once again requires students who live off-campus to purchase $300 in “dining dollars,” which works like a declining-balance debit account, each semester. All first-year undergraduate students living on campus, meanwhile, would be required to purchase a meal plan.

The requirement applies to all students taking more than six credit hours and can be fully refunded at the end of the semester if the money is not used. It can also be rolled over to an “All-Star” account, which can be used at restaurants on Cumberland Avenue or for books, supplies, apparel and vending at campus facilities.

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