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About Dining Dollars

What are Dining Dollars and where can I use them?

Students can use Dining Dollars to buy snacks, beverages, convenience store items or extra meals in any of the residential dining courts or retail operations. They are automatically part of meal plans and come loaded on a student's Purdue ID card. Dining Dollars can be used at our cafés, restaurant locations and markets throughout academic campus.

Dining Dollar FAQs

What is the difference between Dining Dollars and BoilerExpress?

Dining Dollars are a part of your meal plan and can be used to buy additional meals, snacks, or mini mart items in retail dining locations. Dining Dollars will be added to your account in two installments: one at the beginning of the Fall semester, and the second installment at the beginning of the Spring semester. They are not refundable and expire at the end of the contract. Your BoilerExpress account is one that you open which allows you to use your Purdue ID instead of cash at any participating food or nonfood location on campus.

Can I only use Dining Dollars during meal periods?

Dining dollars can be used at any time Purdue Dining & Culinary operations are open. They can be used to buy additional meals in dining locations or make purchases in retail operations.

How will I know how many Dining Dollars and BoilerExpress dollars I have left in my accounts?

Monthly account statements will be available to students who have BoilerExpress debit accounts. You can view all of your account balances by visiting e-Accounts.

What happens if I don’t use up all of my Dining Dollars or all of the money in my BoilerExpress account by the end of the semester?

Unused Dining Dollars are not refundable, as they are a part of your contract meal plan and expire at the end of the contract. Dining Dollars will be carried over from fall to spring semester. Unused BoilerExpress funds can be refunded at the end of the school year or whenever the student withdraws from school. A fee of $10 will be charged to close a debit account.

Can I use Dining Dollars to buy school supplies and laundry detergent in the mini marts?

Yes. Dining Dollars may be used for purchases in any retail operation.

Can I sell, trade or gift my Dining Dollars?

No, Dining Dollars are not transferable. You may not sell, trade or gift your Dining Dollars to others. This act will result in the card being confiscated and a judicial process will follow.