Off Campus Residents:

You can purchase
the Add 15 meal plan online
through the link below.

Just click the link, sign
in, and select which
plan you want.  It will
be charged to your
student account.

WCU Special Payments

WCU Campus Dining is a vital part to the Western experience.  We take pride in offering a variety of dining locations serving quality food.  We offer national brands such as Chick-Fil-A, Starbucks, McAlister's Deli, & Panda Express.  The 2nd floor of the brand new Courtyard Dining Hall offers a residential restaurant serving a variety of dishes daily. 

Why buy a Meal Plan?
  • The flexibility of choosing a dining location that fits your busy schedule
  • Never have to carry cash, its all on your CatCard
  • Financial aid can be applied to it
  • Monthly special events
  • And of course, you'll save money!

    How Do They Work?
    Our meal plans are developed with our customers in mind.  Each meal plan offers the customer a wide selection of dining choices, giving them the flexibility to choose their next meal. Your meal plan is tracked on your CatCard.  Simply, swipe your CatCard and happy eating!

    Block Meals are only valid for the semester in which they are purchased.  Any block meals not used at the end of the semester expire and are no longer valid.  Your block meals are to be used at the Courtyard Dining Hall.

    Declining Balance works just like a debit card.  Your allotted amount of declining balance is on your CatCard, so don't lose it.  Any declining balance dollars left on your account at the end of the fall semester will roll over to the spring semester.  At the end of the spring semester all declining balance left on the account expires and is no longer valid.  Your declining balance can be used at all dining locations and snack machines.

    Announcement: NC Legislature repeals exemption of sales tax on dining and meal plans.

    The North Carolina tax reform bill (H998) SL 2013-316 repeals the exemption in G.S. 105-164.13(27) on “meals and food products served to students in dining rooms regularly operated by State or private educational institutions or student organizations thereof,” effective January 1, 2014.

    What this means to you

    • The University has been advised that meal plans will be subject to sales tax effective Spring semester 2014.
    • An additional 6.75% (which is the sales tax on prepared food) will be added to the existing meal plan rates.

    The increase resulting from this law will apply to all available meal plans.

    For information about the effect of this legislation on the cost of meal plans please click on the link :

    * You must be present at all times to use your Cat Card.  You can use block meals to feed guest/friends if you purchased any meal plan other than an "Unlimited Plan" (ie. Catamount Plus or Catamount).  The dining hall block meal portion of the "Unlimited Plans" can only be used by the person who purchased the plan.  The Declining Balance points of ANY meal plan can be used for guest/friends, but the plan holder must be present with the card.  If you are not present when your card is used for payment the card will be confiscated for your protection. *

  • Meal Plan Sign Ups

    All students living on campus will be required to register for a meal plan.  You may choose your meal plan when selecting your on campus housing through ResNet.  


    OFF CAMPUS STUDENTS:   You are eligible for ALL meal plans.  Purchase the Add 15 meal plan online here: WCU Special Payments.  Simply click the link and sign in.  It will be charged to your tuition bill.  All other meal plans you can sign up through the One Stop 828-227-7170.

    WCU Special Payments

    If you have any questions about meal plans please feel free to call
    Dining Services at 828.227.3778
    You may also contact the One Stop office at 828.227.7170 with any payment or registration questions.


    Fall 2013- Spring 2014 Meal Plans

    Meal Plan

    Meal Allowance



     Cost with 6.75% tax

    Catamount Plus Plan

    Unlimited access to the Courtyard Dining Hall plus $271 Declining Balance.




    Gold Plan

    125 Block Meals (approximately 8 meals per week) per semester plus $750 Declining Balance.  Block meals are only valid upstairs at the Courtyard Dining Hall.




    Catamount Plan

    Unlimited access to the Courtyard Dining Hall during hours of operation.

    Freshmen ON Campus Students must choose either the Catamount Plus, Gold Plan, or Catamount Plan.




    Purple Plan

    80 Block Meals (approximately 5 meals per week)  per semester plus $835 Declining Balance.  Block meals are only valid upstairs at the Courtyard Dining Hall. 




    Standard Declining Balance

    $1,119 Declining Balance points each semester.




    Commuter Declining Balance

    $500 Declining balance points available to off campus students.  Points may be used at any dining location.



    $ 533.75

    Block Plan

    25 Block meals per semester at the Courtyard Dining Hall + $390 Declining Balance. Available to all 
    off campus students.




    Add on 15 Block Meals

    Add on 15 block meals per semester.  This is not a meal plan; it is only a supplement to the meal plans listed above.



    $ 113.16

    All funds and plans purchased for use in WCU Campus Dining are for the personal use of the owner of the account or plan only and are non-transferable.  The WCU Campus Dining funds and plans cannot be used as a gift card or gift certificate.  Except as otherwise expressly stated in these terms, WCU Campus Dining funds and plans are non-refundable and will expire at the earlier of the last day of enrollment or employment, as applicable, or the last day of the current semester.   

    All WCU Campus Dining meal plans and declining balance funds are non-refundable. 
    Unused block meals from the Catamount Plus, Catamount, Gold, Purple, Commuter Block, and Add on 15 Plan will expire on the on the last day of the semester purchased.  Unused declining balances expired on the last day of the Spring Semester.