Dining Club Plans Update! (2019-2020)

Dear Students,

Thank you for your feedback. We understand that the current meal plan is not working for many students and have decided to revert to the debit system we had in place last year, with the full value of a student’s dining card available for direct purchases in the cafeterias and caf-stores. This change will be retroactive to the beginning of the current semester and both the membership fee and the discounts received, will be reversed. 

Over Thanksgiving weekend, the following changes will be made:

  • The $675 “membership fee” will be redeposited into every resident student’s Dining Club account,
  • The amount of money you already saved on caf purchases, which received the 40% discount, will be deducted from the new balance,
  • All students on the standard and low meal plans will see additional money on their caf cards,
  • Moving forward, there will be no 40% discount on caf purchases and prices will remain as marked.
  • This is a good time to re-evaluate your plan and make sure it is meeting your needs.  If after this change you have a balance of $250 or less, you may be on too low of a plan for your eating habits; if you have $1000 or more, you may be on too high of a plan.  In either case, you can always add money to your balance at onecard.yu.edu or switch your plan for next semester.


The Yeshiva University Undergraduate Dining Club Card is designed to give people greater convenience, accessibility, and money management in the Dining Halls, Facilities and Convenience Stores located on the Wilf and Beren Campuses. Here's how it works:

The Dining Club Card is mandatory for undergraduate students. The current amount per semester is billed in advance as shown in the Office of Student Finance's fee schedule.

Resident Dining plans are required for all undergraduate students residing in University Housing. Students can choose between one of two plans: Standard ($3,500) or Reduced ($3,000). 

Calculated within the cost of each resident plan is a $1350 membership fee per year, covering basic overhead costs associated with dining hall operations and supplies. The remaining balance of each plan is applied to Dining Dollars and Flex Dollars. Dining Dollars can be used for tax-free, discounted, food purchases in the dining halls on either campus, including school cafeterias and food marts in residence halls. Flex Dollars Funds can be used at participating local restaurants (Eden Wok, Mendy's, Tiberias, Paprika, Chop Chop, Lake Como, Grandma's Pizza, Burgers & Grill, 16 Handles, Golan Heights). 

For members of these plans, all food purchased with Dining Dollars on campus will be at significantly discounted prices because the overhead costs will be already covered by the membership fee. All funds are tax free and expire at the end of the spring semester.

Undergraduate non residents are enrolled in the Non Resident meal plan. All funds on this plan may be used in Dining Halls or participating local restaurants. 

Plan Options

Resident Standard Plan (per academic year)

•    Membership fee: $1350
•    Dining Dollars: $1650
•    Flex Dollars: $500
•    Total Cost: $3,500

Resident Reduced Plan (per academic year)

•    Membership fee: $1,350
•    Dining Dollars: $1,350
•    Flex Dollars: $300
•    Total Cost: $3,000

Non Resident Plan:  The total cost of the plan is $800 for the year which may be used for food on campus or at participating local vendors.  These funds are tax free and expire at the end of the spring semester.

Undergraduate Voluntary Funds may be added and used on campus and at participating local vendors to supplement your meal plan selection. These funds are tax free and expire at the end of the spring semester.

High School Voluntary Funds may be added and used on campus and at participating local vendors. These funds are fully taxable.

Graduate Voluntary Funds may be added and used on campus and at participating local vendors.  These funds are tax free and expire at the end of the spring semester. 

Employee Voluntary Funds may be added and used campus and at participating local vendors.  These funds are fully taxable.

Dining Club Cards are non-transferable and can only be used for purchases by/for the person whose name is on the card.

Declining Balance Program

The Dining Club is a declining balance program, which operates similarly to a bank debit card when a purchase is made. Each time the Dining Club Card is used to make a purchase, the amount of that purchase is deducted automatically from the balance of the account. Any balance in an account at the end of the first semester will be carried over to the second semester automatically. Any balance must be used by the end of the second semester, as there are no refunds. for the 2019-20 academic school year, balances must be used by midnight of May 22, 2020.

The above plans do not guarantee that a student will have enough funds to cover the costs of food for the entire semester. Students should budget their dining dollars and determine, based on their expected weekly consumption, which plan to purchase. If in doubt, a student may consider purchasing the lowest cost plan. Funds can be added in any increment over $50 at anytime during the semester.  There is no additional membership fee and you will have the added benefit of the discounted pricing in the Dining Halls as well as having the funds available for use with our participating vendors.   Please make sure to add the money to the Flex Dollar fund.  Log in to onecard.yu.edu  to access your account and add money. 

Up-To-Date Balancing

Dining Club Card Members will always know the balance on the account. Whenever a purchase is made, the amount of the purchase and the adjusted available balance in that fund is shown on the register's LED display and purchase receipt. Once an account is opened, it can be augmented at any time by additional deposits of $50 or more with the Mobile App or Web Pay.  Additionally, balance inquiries and transaction history can seen on the Heartland Onecard mobile app and WebPay site see www.yu.edu/yucard for additional information.. 

Participating Vendor Dining Program

A list of the vendors may be found here


For more information about card policies and usage, please read the FAQs