What happens if I don't use all my Paw Points by the end of a semester?

Unused points at the end of Fall semester will be added to Spring semester's balance. Don't worry about having to use them before the end of the academic year though, 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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What's the difference between Paw Points and Bulldog Bucks?

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 an online account-based debit card program which you can use to pay for printing and at on-campus merchants. Bulldog Bucks purchases are not a part of the meal plan and are subject to tax.

How do I know if I successfully acquired a meal plan online and when can I begin dining?

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).  

How do I access the dining commons?

The new IRIS Camera System will replace the hand readers and the need to swipe your UGA card for entry into the dining commons starting Fall 2017. The IRIS Camera System uses a mathematical analysis of the random patterns within the iris of an eye to verify a person’s identity. In the enrollment stage, the IRIS Camera System captures a digital photographed iris pattern (D-PIP) of a user’s eyes. To use your Paw Points in UGA Dining Service retail locations you will present your UGA ID card to the cashier.

How do I upgrade my meal 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 Dining Service Administration Office either by phone at (706) 542-1256 or by visiting the office on the lower level of Snelling Dining Commons.


How do I purchase a meal plan?

You can purchase a meal plan online, through the Dining Services Administrative office on the lower level of Snelling Dining Commons, or by mail. 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. To purchase by mail, you may print, sign, and mail the meal plan contract to:


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