Commuter Meal Plan

How It Works

  • Three levels to choose from
  • Charge it to your Bursar account
  • 10 percent discount on prepared items at Campus Dining locations
  • Accessed conveniently with your Penn State id+ Card
  • Available for fall and spring semesters

The Commuter Meal Plan provides an option for off-campus students to enjoy the wide variety of food and beverage choices on campus. Only off-campus students enrolled for the upcoming semester are eligible for the plan.

Purchasing the Plan

The Commuter Meal Plan can be purchased at the eLiving website and charged directly to your Bursar account. Only students who have at least one class scheduled are eligible to purchase the Commuter Meal Plan. Fall plans can be purchased until September 30; spring plans can be purchased until February 28.

Missed a due date?
LionCash+ shares the same benefits as the Commuter Meal Plan and you can add to your account anytime online using a Visa or MasterCard debit/credit card. LionCash+ is accepted at both on- and off-campus locations. Learn more about other benefits and where LionCash+ is accepted at the LionCash+ website.

Level Options

Choose between three fund levels for the semester. Once you purchase a level and are a registered student for the upcoming semester, the full amount will be deposited into your account. Level availability may vary by campus.

Level One - $250
Level Two - $500
Level Three - $1,000

Leftover Funds

  • Leftover funds carry over from fall to spring semester.
  • Leftover funds after the spring semester are forfeited.

Running low on funds?
Campus Dining registers will automatically use funds from your activated LionCash+ account at the same discounted rate.

Manage your Commuter Meal Plan by visiting the Penn State id+ Card website. Once signed in, you can monitor your account balance and review your transaction history.


With the Commuter Meal Plan, you'll enjoy a 10 percent discount at the all-you-care-to-eat dining commons at University Park and Behrend, as well as a 10 percent discount on prepared items at other Campus Dining locations.

Where The Plan Can Be Used

The Commuter Meal Plan is accepted at Campus Dining locations at the following campuses:

  • Abington
  • Altoona
  • Beaver
  • Berks
  • Behrend
  • Brandywine
  • Dubois
  • Fayette
  • Greater Allegheny
  • Harrisburg
  • Hazleton
  • Mont Alto
  • New Kensington
  • Schuylkill
  • Scranton
  • Shenango
  • University Park
  • Wilkes-Barre
  • York


Lost or Stolen id+ Card

If your id+ card has been lost or stolen, deactivate it immediately at the id+ Card website or by calling 814-865-7590. Get your new card at the current replacement fee at your campus id+ Office during normal business hours.

Removing Food From or Unauthorized Entry into Campus Dining facilities

When dining in all-you-care-to-eat locations, the only takeout options are one piece of hand fruit (apple, orange, or banana) and one ice cream cone; in retail dining centers, all items must be paid for before consuming or leaving the serving area. Removing additional food or beverages, dishes, or silverware from the dining room; entering the dining commons without paying for the meal; or consuming or removing food without payment from a retail dining center will be considered theft.

Theft in the dining center is a serious issue that will result in disciplinary action by the Office of Residence Life, the Office of Student Conduct, and/or University Police. Further repercussions could include cancellation of the Housing and Food Service Contract. Campus Dining reserves the right to examine customers' backpacks or bags when they exit Campus Dining facilities. Acts of horseplay, food fights, and inline skates are prohibited. Any student who violates this policy will be subject to disciplinary action.