Yes! It's a great value and it is UT Tyler's policy that all designated campus residents purchase a meal plan each semester.



Meal plans are automatically assigned to students living on campus based on where the student will be living. With the Star Plan assigned to Ornelas Hall residents and the Blue Plan for students living in University Apartments. If a student prefers a different available meal plan, the student can email prior to the 10th day of class to request the change.
The cost of a meal plan is added to a student’s account, and students can access their current bills via myUTTyler. Parents can make an online payment on their student’s bill by the student adding the parent as an authorized user. Questions regarding bills or payment can be answered by the UT Tyler Cashiers Office at (903) 566-7180 or
Whether a student has a nut allergy, needs a dairy-free or gluten-free diet or vegetarian and vegan options, we have food choices for those needs available each day and provide nutrition information on all our menu items, both by signage throughout the Met and through Sodexo’s Bite app for mobile devices. We also encourage anyone with questions or concerns to contact our general manager, Tammy Hill, at (903) 565-5819 or by email at

Dining Dollars are cash values included on all meal plans.  They work like a prepaid debit card, with funds kept on your Patriot Power card (P2 Card).  Students can use Dining Dollars to eat in the Met or at any on-campus retail location and for purchases in the University Center convenience store.

Students who live in on-campus housing are required to purchase a meal plan.   Off-campus students have the option of purchasing either an on-campus meal plan or a commuter plan.   Plans are available for fall and spring semesters.

Meal plans come with two main features: meal swipes and Dining Dollars.  You can access your meal swipes and Dining Dollars through your P2 Card.

Meal swipes are a certain number of meals you can eat at the MET (located on the first floor of the University Center).   When you purchase a meal plan, you are pre-paying for the meals you will eat during one semester.  Each time the cashier swipes your P2 Card to eat in the MET, one meal is deducted from your total number of meals available for the week or semester (depending of the type of meal plan you have).