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