Paw Points purchases are a part of certain meal plans. Because meal plans are tax free, you will not pay tax on purchases made with Paw Points. The points are also designated for purchases at Dining Services' locations and Vending only. Bulldog Bucks is a convenient, secure, and widely-accepted way to pay for all of your day-to-day expenses. You deposit money to your Bulldog Bucks account and then spend that money using your existing UGACard much as you would with a debit card. Unlike Paw Points, Bulldog Bucks can be used for on-campus printing and at the UGA Bookstore as well as any Dining location and Vending on campus. Bulldog Bucks purchases are not a part of the meal plan and are subject to tax. For a complete list of participating locations, please view our campus vendors.
Yes, you can purchase a meal plan after meal plan service has begun. However, the cost for the meal plan remains the full amount for the first 7 days of meal service. After that time, the cost will be reduced by one day’s cost at the daily meal plan rate for either the 5-day or 7-day meal plans. Note: Because the meal plan cost stays the same for the first week, there is no cost advantage in waiting to get on the meal plan unless you have no choice due to funds availability.
You are responsible for only one-half of the total academic year meal price - one semester's cost only. Your meal plan agreement will expire on the last day of Spring semester meal plan service. Your academic year meal plan will not carry over to the Summer or Fall semester.
The meal plan offered to each student is voluntary; you choose to be our customer. Students living on-campus are eligible for any of UGA's All-Access plans. Students living off-campus are eligible for any All-Access or Commuter Plan.
After you sign up for a meal plan, you will receive a confirmation email and number. This means your meal plan contract was activated and you can immediately begin dining provided, of course, that the dining locations are open and serving. If you purchase a meal plan prior to its start date, your plan will not be active until the first serving day of your contract (ex. if you purchase a summer plan in spring, the summer plan will not activate until the first serving day of your chosen plan).
The One Stop Shop was built to assist you with all the services that connect you to campus. It is located in Tate Plaza, next to the UGA Bookstore, behind the ATMs. One Stop has experts from Dining Services and Parking and Transportation services who are ready to assist with anything you need. A few of the services offered include:
Don't worry about having to use them before the end of each semester, as your Paw Points will now remain active for one calendar year past your last use of Paw Points. Even if you have graduated or are no longer on the meal plan, your unused Paw Points are still available as long as your ID card is active during that time period.
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Any meal plan participant with an illness or injury can have a friend or family member come to any dining commons and pick up a sick meal for them. The person must bring the ill participant’s UGA ID and explain to the cashier that they need a sick meal. All of the dining commons have to-go boxes and are able to supply this service for 1 day. If the participant needs meals for more than 1 day, they must seek approval for continued meals through the Registered Dietitian. The RD will contact the participant and determine the best way to meet their needs. Sometimes medical documentation is required. Blended meals for those with gastroparesis or jaw surgery is arranged through the Registered Dietitian. Medical documentation is required.
If you acquire a meal plan online before 5:30pm, Mon-Friday, the charge should post to your student account the next business day. If after 5:30pm, the charge should post the second business day. If you acquire a meal plan after 5:30pm on Friday and before 5:30pm on Monday, the charge will not post until Tuesday.
If you will be on the meal plan for Fall semester, but one of these conflicts occurs during Spring semester then go ahead and sign up for the academic year contract. Once charges have posted to your account for Spring semester (usually late November or early December), you may go online to the “Request Meal Plan Change” form and follow the directions to cancel your Spring meal plan. If your approved internship is scheduled for just a part of the Spring semester, please bring documentation from your adviser indicating the dates of your internship. Dining Services can adjust the Spring semester charges to reflect those dates that you are not participating in your internship to allow you to participate in the meal plan.
If one of these conflicts occurs during Fall semester and you only can be on the meal plan during Spring semester, just complete the academic meal plan contract before the start of Spring semester. Your meal plan charge will be only for Spring semester.
Please note: Dining Services offers the Bulldawg Box program which allows students to register to take meal to-go Monday - Friday from Oglethorpe, the Village Summit, or The Niche (HSC residents only). Click to learn more.
You can purchase a meal plan online or through the One Stop Shop in Tate Plaza. If you purchase a meal plan online, the charge will be added to your student account. Payment deadlines and more information about your Student Account are available at the Bursar's Office. Be sure to check your student account after your purchase to verify that you fall under the standard deadlines.
If your classes are cancelled, you may continue to dine up until re-instatement of your classes is no longer available. You will receive an email from Dining Services advising that your meal plan is in jeopardy of being cancelled. If your meal plan is cancelled due to non-payment, you will be denied access to the dining commons and you will owe the Bursar the payment on your meal plan. Should you decide to withdraw from the University before this action is taken, please contact Dining Services so the withdrawal can be verified with the Registrar and the appropriate refunds can be processed.
Students living on campus are eligible for any of UGA's All-Access plans. Students living off campus are eligible for any All-Access or Commuter plan.
If you wish to upgrade your All-Access 7-Day Plan to the All-Access 7-Day Plus Plan or your All-Access 5-Day Plan to the All-Access 7-Day Plan, All-Access 5-Day Plus Plan, or the All-Access 7-Day Plus Plan you may do so online.
All other upgrades must be done by contacting the One Stop Shop either by phone at (706) 542-7130 or by visiting the office in Tate Plaza.
Meal plan fees are added to your student account and need to be paid in accordance with Bursar payment instructions sent to your UGA email. If you pay via my.uga.edu with a credit card (MC, Discover, AMEX), the total cost plus a 3% fee will be additionally charged. You may mail a check to the Bursar for your meal plan. Make your check payable to The University of Georgia and mail it to:
Include the student's name and last four digits of their SSN on the check.
A Paw Point rollover account is where unused PAW points are stored from previous semesters. They remain in this account until the present semester’s Paw Points are depleted and then are automatically activated. ANY Paw point balances remain available to the student until after one year of their last activity on the account or until their UGA ID is deactivated, whichever comes first.