In so many ways, your ID card is your meal ticket.
First, it's the access card for using your Meal Plan.
Student Living On-Campus
Because eating is important, Meal Plans are required for students living in Bayliss, Caroline Grote, Corbin, Henninger, Olson, Tanner, and Thompson Halls . Depending on the meal plan you selected when you contracted with University Housing & Dining Services, your "purchasing power" plan is automatically loaded on to your ID card at the start of each semester. Learn more about the meal plan...
Student Living Off-Campus
Students who live off campus have the option of purchasing a Meal Plan via STARS as well. There is a minimum first-time $100 buy-in (annually). You can use this money at any dining location and it will be billed to your student account. The convenience of charging your meals to your student account make this option for off-campus students worth every cent.
Ok...so what are Rocky Dollars?
Your Rocky Dollars account is something different than your Meal Plan account. While Rocky Dollars can be used at dining locations, they are most commonly used at other locations such as laundry, vending, bookstore. Meal Plan money can only be used for purchasing food at a dining location - Meal Plan money cannot be used for laundry, vending or bookstore type purchases. Learn more about Rocky Dollars....
Access to Services
Students requesting service(s) that require proper identification (i.e. Meal Plan, Student Recreation Center, entrance to a athletic event, etc) must present a valid Western Illinois University ID in order to access desired service(s). Access and/or service may be denied if a valid University ID is not presented. Additionally, lending your ID card to anyone or failing to present it upon request is a violation of University regulations and subjects the holder to disciplinary action.
Adding to your Meal Plan
Adding money to your meal plan is easy and is automatically billed to your University Account.
- Log-in to STARS
- Select "UHDS: Add Meal Plan Money and Rocky Dollars" from the drop-down menu
- Choose an amount between $10 and $100 to add.
- Money will be available 20 minutes after your purchase for use on your meal plan.
**Parents/Guest can add money via STARS only after a student authorizes access.