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Meal Plan FAQs

Do I need to purchase a meal plan?

No, but it's a great value!

What are Miner Dollars/Miner Bucks/Miner Meals?

Miner Dollars are cash values included in some meal plans. They work like a prepaid debit card with funds kept on your Miner Gold Card and may be used at any on-campus dining location.


Miner Bucks are cash values that you can add at any time onto your Miner Gold Card.  They work like a prepaid debit card with funds kept on your Miner Gold Card and may be used at the Bookstore, on-campus dining locations and any other participating UTEP location.


Miner Meals are cash values that you can add at any time onto your Miner Gold Card in blocks of $25.  They work like a prepaid debit card with funds kept on your Miner Gold Card and may be used at any on-campus dining location.


Do Miner Dollars/Miner Bucks/Miner Meals carry over from year to year?

Miner Dollars are not carried over from the fall to the spring. They are not carried over from year to year. They are non-refundable.


Miner Bucks are carried over from the fall to the spring. They are carried over from year to year. They are refundable through the Miner Gold Card office.


Miner Meals are carried over from the fall to the spring. They are carried over from year to year. They are refundable through the Miner Gold Card office.

Do Block Meals carry over from semester to semester?

Only block meals under the Faculty & Staff plan roll over from semester to semester.

Can I get a cash advance on Miner Dollars/Miner Bucks/Miner Meals?

No. 


Miner Dollars stay on your Miner Gold Card until the funds are exhausted or the semester ends and funds are forfeited.


Miner Bucks stay on your Miner Gold Card until the funds are exhausted or until you request a refund.


Miner Meals stay on your Miner Gold card until the funds are exhausted or until you request a refund.

Can I get a refund on any unused portion of my Miner Dollars/Miner Bucks/Miner Meals?

No. Funds under Miner Dollars are not refundable, as they are part of your meal plan.  



Yes. Refunds are issued upon request at the Miner Gold Card office for funds under the Miner Bucks or Miner Meals program. The Miner Gold Card Office is located on the first floor of the Mike Loya Academic Services Building.

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