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Meal Plan Options for ESF Students

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First-Year Students Living in Centennial Hall

All first-year students (freshmen) living in ESF’s Centennial Hall must choose a meal plan for ten meals or more per week provided by Syracuse University Dining Services. ESF students can use their SU meal plan at any of the dining centers or other food service locations found on the SU campus, and will most often use the Sadler Hall dining center located just a short walk from Centennial Hall.

SUpercard FOOD and ESF Trailhead Dollars accounts are declining balance accounts used for the non-taxable purchase of food and beverages on campus. Account balances are carried forward from fall to spring semesters, but must be used by the end of spring semester (balances cannot be refunded). Students may add funds to these accounts at any time to allow for additional food purchases.

We recommend that most new students choose the 10-Meal Plus Trailhead Plan or the 14-Meal Plan to begin their first-year. You can change your contract to a larger meal plan if you find that 10 or 14 meals are not enough, but you cannot change to a smaller plan once you have submitted a contract for a larger plan.

Unlike any other plan, the 10-Meal Plus Trailhead Plan offers the combination of a 10-meal per week plan at Syracuse University plus a "Trailhead Dollars" account (debit) for use at the Trailhead Café at ESF. The Trailhead Café in ESF's Gateway Center is especially convenient for breakfast and lunch. Trailhead Dollars can also be used for food and beverage purchases at the Treehouse Grab and Go store in Marshall Hall. All food purchases made using Trailhead Dollars are non-taxable.

Meal plan selections can be made by logging on to MyESF. After a meal plan is selected, additional Trailhead Dollar deposits can be made through GET Funds ($50 minimum deposit). Please note that spring semester meal plans will default to the previous fall semester meal plan selection.

Meal Plans for First-Year Students Living in Centennial Hall (2016-17)

  10-Meal Plus
Trailhead Plan “A”
SU 14-Meal Plan SU 19-Meal Plan SU Deluxe Plan
Cost per Semester $3,370 / semester $3,575 / semester $3,845 / semester $4,025 / semester
Meals per Week in SU Dining Centers 10 Meals / week 14 Meals / week 19 Meals / week 21 Meals / week
SUpercard value per semester $155 / semester $180 / semester $195 / semester $245 / semester
Guest Meals 9 15 18 24
Trailhead Dollars value per semester $315 / semester - - -

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Transfer Students Living in Centennial Hall

Meal plan requirements for transfer students living in Centennial Hall depend on the room type assigned to the student.

“A” Unit Residents (Double or triple room)

If you have been assigned to a double or triple room (“A” Unit), you must choose a 10-Meal Plus Trailhead Plan “A” or larger (details above).

“B” Unit Residents (Two-bedroom suites)

If you have been assigned to a two-bedroom suite (“B” Unit), you may choose any of the plans listed above, or one of the smaller meal plan options described below to fulfill your campus meal plan requirement.

Meal Plans for Transfer Students Living in Centennial Hall (2016-17)

  Trailhead Plan “B” SU 5-Meal Plan SU 7-Meal Plan
Cost per Semester $1,200 / semester $1,790 / semester $2,540 / semester
Meals per Week in SU Dining Centers - 5 Meals/Week 7 Meals/Week
SUpercard value per semester - $185 / semester $320 / semester
Guest Meals - 5 6
Trailhead Dollars value per semester $1,200 / semester - -

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Continuing Students/Upperclassmen Living in Centennial Hall

Continuing ESF students living in Centennial Hall in “B Unit” two-bedroom suites must purchase a meal plan for each semester in residence. These suites do not provide a full kitchen. You must (1) purchase the Trailhead “Plan B” as your minimum required meal plan, or (2) purchase a meal plan through Syracuse University that provides at least 5 meals per week. Larger meal plans are also available and may be selected to meet your meal plan requirement. Students living in Centennial Hall in apartments or suites that include a full kitchen (with stovetop) are not required to purchase any meal plan, but may purchase any available plan.

All meal plans provided for ESF students, by ESF’s Trailhead Café (Morrisville Auxiliary Services) or by Syracuse University, must be selected by using links provided through the MyESF student portal. The Syracuse University MySlice portal should not be used for meal plan selection. The MyESF system will pass information to Syracuse University Dining Services to ensure accurate meal plan billing by ESF and SU.

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Students Living Off-campus

In addition to all resident student meal plans, students living off-campus have the opportunity to add a Trailhead Meal Plan with pre-paid Trailhead Dollars. All food purchases made at The Trailhead Café and The Treehouse Grab and Go using Trailhead Dollars are non-taxable. Off-campus residents can choose a $100, $300, or $600 per semester Trailhead Meal Plan and add additional dollar amounts at any time. The starting balance for the plan you purchase will be billed by ESF along with other semester costs (allowing the use of financial aid credits for payment).

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