Residence Life

Dining FAQ

Dining Dollars

How can I add more dining dollars?
You can add dining dollars only if you already have a dining dollars contract for the semester. Pay by credit card here. Students can also access the form to make a purchase by credit card through the Hofstra portal.
Can someone help me add dining dollars online?
Yes, there are step-by-step instructions here:
Click “Services” | “Make a Deposit”
Need more help? Call, visit, email, tweet – we’ll help in any way we can.
I have too much money on my dining plan and I want to lower it. How do I do that?
You can change/cancel your dining plan up to approximately two weeks after the semester begins by filling out a form in the Office of Residential Programs. Please note that if you lower your dining plan for the spring semester, you will forfeit any unused dining dollars from the fall semester. Certain dining plans may not be available to you, depending on your student status (first-year, resident, etc.). For more information, visit the Residential Programs site.
Will my remaining fall dining dollars transfer over to my spring dining dollars?
dining dollars may or may not remain on your card the following semester, depending on the plan you select. If you choose the same dining plan or higher for the spring semester, any remaining fall points will automatically be transferred over. If you choose a lower plan or cancel your spring dining plan, any remaining fall points will be forfeited. Please note that effective fall 2013 semester, all resident undergraduate students must select a dining plan. Specific options are outlined on the dining plan contract.
Is there a winter dining plan?
No, fall dining plans remain active during winter intersession and you can add points to the fall plan if necessary.
Is there a summer dining plan?
Yes, you can sign up for summer dining plans through the Hofstra portal or by visiting the Office of Residential Programs.
Can I get a refund for my unused dining dollars?
Meal points are nonrefundable and expire the day after spring commencement, so be sure to use them. Here are some of the most common ways students use leftover points:
  • Have a party catered; contact the Catering Office,
  • Buy in bulk at Dutch Treats.
  • Donate food to a charity; contact the Catering Office.
  • Treat your friends and family when they visit.