Residence COVID-19 FAQ

Meal Plan Fees

Residential Mandatory Meal Plan Administration Fees

McGill Food and Dining Services and McGill University establish the residential mandatory meal plan administration fee on an annual basis, usually at the end of the spring term. Our administration fees cover the fixed cost of dining facilities including mortgages, equipment and general maintenance.

In addition to the food dollars of the Meal Plan, resident students who have a Mandatory Residential Meal Plan are required to pay fees for: 

  • Capital Improvement Fund: $375 Capital Fund Component for renovation projects, equipment, deferred maintenance, repairs and maintenance contracts needed for improvements to dining locations.
  • Sustainability Fund: $100 to finance various sustainability food projects such as waste and recycling, food waste composting, and eco stations in McGill dining locations.
  • Fixed Facilities Fees: $500 for the operation and management of dining facilities including utilities (gas and electricity), mortgages and contributions to the University and to Student Life and Learning.

Total costs

Mandatory Residential  Meal Plans
2020-2021 - Plan Costs


Capital Improvement Fund*


Sustainability Fund*


Fixed Facilities Fees*


Total Administration Costs


Basic Food Dollar (Home Base)



Flex Food Dollars


Total Food Dollars


Grand Total ( Total Costs and Food Dollars) 


Payment by Semester

The purchase of a meal plan is billed electronically through Minerva to the individual student's account. The fee payment schedule is as follows:

  • Fall term: September to December 2020
  • Winter term: January to April 2021

Payment by Term



Fall Term

Food Dollars



Administration Fee


Two charges will appear on your student fee account and will be due at the end of September. Total Fee $3,225

Winter Term

Food Dollars $2,250
 These charges will be due at the end of January 2021. Total Fee $2,250
  1. The first installment of your Mandatory Residential Meal Plan fees is due at the end of September 2020 as described in your student fee account.
  2. The second installment of your Mandatory Residential Meal Plan fees is due at the end of January 2021 as described in your student fee account.



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