Managing your plan

Checking your Balance

Your Mandatory Meal Plan balance is listed on the receipt each time you make a purchase, depending on which account the funds came from (Home Base, Flex or oneCard). Keep track of your spending and review your all of your purchasing history on

Topping Up

If you run out of food dollars, you simply need to Top Up in Minerva, in the Student Accounts Menu. After you go to the Student Accounts Menu, scroll down to Meal Plans, and then "Choose Top Up."

Some points to remember:

The amount must be in whole dollars.
The amount must be a minimum of $25 and cannot exceed $800 on any given day.
The amount will be charged to your student fee account.It's important to note that any TOP UPS  can be fully refunded at any time. Simply contact thefood.fds [at] ( Food and Dining Service Center.)

After you make a deposit the funds will usually be available within 24 hours.

These are additional funds which can be purchased in Minerva when food dollars have run out in either one of the food dollar accounts (home base or flex)..

Top up dollars will be credited to the Meal Plan and charged to the student’s account.

Top-up funds are not considered to be home base or flex, but rather may be used anywhere that McGill meal plans are honoured on both campuses.

In addition, Top-Ups are funds that "kick in" in the account that runs out first; the home base or flex.

Any balance leftover at the end of the winter term (April) will automatically be added to the flex rollover account  if applicable. Students who do not meet the $50 minimum requirement for the rollover plan will have their top up balance refunded.

Money Matters - Staying within budget

To stay within budget while getting a balanced meal on the Mandatory Meal Plan, we recommend planning your meals around the hot meal of the day. The meal of the day is a complete and nutritious meal that's prepared daily.

Grill items, sushi, deluxe cakes and desserts are all items that can add up if eaten on a regular basis. Don't make these a part of your regular rotation unless you plan on topping up your Meal Plan during the semester.

Pay attention to your beverage choices. Bottled specialty drinks increase your total bill quickly. In fact, some of these drinks retail at almost half of the price of a full meal! Remember, water is available at every dining hall and it's free!


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