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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 for themselves or guests in any of the residential dining courts or retail operations. They are automatically part of most meal plans and come loaded on a student's Purdue ID card. Dining Dollars can also be used to buy a milkshake or order late night pizza from Harrison Grillé, grab a burger at Cary Knight Spot or get coffee at Starbucks® on your way to class in Purdue Memorial Union. Dining Dollars can be used at our satellite locations throughout academic campus.

Third Street Suites, our brand new residence hall features a Starbucks® location on the ground floor in addition to 3rd Street Market. Several additional residential retail operations, such as the Harrison Grillé or Venture Cafe also offer a We Proudly ServeTM Starbucks program where student may use their Dining Dollars. Unused Dining Dollars roll over from fall to spring semester but expire when the meal contract ends.

Dining Dollar FAQs

What is the difference between Dining Dollars and debit dollars (BoilerExpress account)?

Dining Dollars are a part of your meal plan and can be used to buy additional meals, snacks, or mini mart items in Purdue Dining & Catering facilities. 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 & Catering 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 debit dollars I have left in my accounts?

An account balance and printed receipt will be available at the time of your purchase or transaction. Without a transaction, you can get a balance at your residence main office or at a reader in any dining service location. 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 Purdue Dining & Catering retail operation.

Will I be able to pay for a guest by swiping my card and using my Dining Dollars?

Yes, you will be able to have a guest eat a meal with you and pay for it with your Dining Dollars.

Can I sell, trade or gift my Dining Dollars?

No, Dining Dollars are not transferrable. 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. 

Can I use Dining Dollars at Purdue Memorial Union dining operations?

Yes, students can use all of their Dining Dollars in Purdue Memorial Union as well as any Purdue Dining & Catering retail operation on campus.