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The MIAD Café is open during the semester Monday through Friday for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and on weekends for brunch. The full semester meal plan cost is $850, which includes 12 meals per week and a $100 declining balance for additional meals or other items.

Students may purchase meal plan funds in advance for the MIAD Café. This eliminates the need to worry about bringing a lunch or carrying credit or debit cards. Funds can be used for purchases in the Café only.  A continuing balance is maintained in the food service database, and students can find out from the cashier at any time how much is remaining on the card. Debit and credit cards are also accepted.

Students living in MIAD Housing have been enrolled in a MIAD Café Meal plan at the rate of $850 per semester and can increase their declining balance if needed throughout the semester. Funds remaining on the meal card at the end of the Fall semester can be carried over to the Spring semester. However, funds remaining at the end of the Spring semester are forfeited.

Starting Fall 2023, all students living on campus will be enrolled in a 12-meal-a-week meal plan with a $100 declining balance account; view our Cost of Attendance page for more information.

MIAD’s café is operated by American Dining Creations. Contact them at for catering or other questions.


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