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Residence Meal Plan

Residence Meal Plans allow students living on campus to purchase food, without tax, at all cafeterias and coffee shops on campus; however cannot be used at vending machines. Your Ryerson OneCard doubles as your meal plan card, which is used like a debit card. No need to carry cash!

The total value of your meal plan will be loaded onto your Ryerson OneCard in two installments.  

  • First installment will be posted at the end of August
  • Second posting in mid December

Meal plans are mandatory for students living in Pitman Hall, the ILLC and O'Keefe House. You can choose from Blue, or Gold plan once you receive a Residence Offer of Accommodation. Students offered a space in a Pitman Hall Apartment can choose the smaller Light plan.

As of 2015-2016 year, options for meal balances remaining at year end are available.

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I have a mandatory residence meal plan. What happens to my remaining balance at the end of the residence year?

If you have a balance on your mandatory residence meal plan, this balance will carry forward into the next academic year for you to use.

What happens if I do not want my balance to carry forward? Can I request a refund?

If you do not wish to have your balance carried forward into the next academic year, here are a number of options you may consider including refund credit/transfer. They are:

  1. Refund Credit to your Student RAMSS Account. Subject to a 20% CAP of the original annual meal plan assessment. Amounts in excess of the 20% CAP will be brought forward to the next academic year.
  2. Transfer to the OneCard Campus Fund. Subject to a 20% CAP of the original annual meal plan assessment, this option, allows students to transfer the remaining balance in their residence meal plan to their Campus Fund. Amounts in excess of the 20% CAP will be brought forward to the next academic year.
  3. Donation Emergency Food Fund. This option allows a student to donate unused residence meal plan funds (in whole or in part) to supply emergency food dollars to students in need. The fund will be administered by the Vice Provost Students (or designate). There are no administrative fees to the portion attached to this option.

NOTE: Some examples are shown in Appendix tab.

What is the CAP of 20%?

The CAP is the maximum amount that can be refunded, transferred or donated. There are inherent overhead costs to operating a residence meal plan program such as labour, food cost, heat/light, equipment, maintenance, etc. In calculating the overhead it deemed reasonable that 20% of the original annual meal plan assessment was available for refund. Most University and Colleges have a similar CAP and/or like overhead policy.

Are there any administrative fees for requesting a refund credit/transfer of my remaining meal plan balance?

An administrative fee of 5% for refund credit/transfer amounts greater than $50.00 and $2.50 for amounts less than $50.00 where applicable.

One of the options was to transfer to my Campus Fund. What is the Campus Fund?

The Campus Fund is another fund on your OneCard account. This fund can be used at all food outlets on campus, for photocopying and laser printing, bookstore purchases, vending machine purchases, library fines and at some of the academic shops.

If the refund credit is applied to my RAMSS Account, how can I request the funds?

Students may request a refund from their RAMSS student account if there is a net CREDIT balance.  Visit RAMSS Support to start the process for your refund.

When can I start the process to request a refund credit/transfer of my meal plan balance?

The process for the student is only available during the period of April 1st to May 15th.

What happens if I forget to request a refund credit/transfer between April 1st and May 15th?

If you do not make a request during the allotted time frame, your balance will automatically be carried forward into the next year.

I want to make sure that my balance is carried forward or refunded. How do I do this?

To ensure we meet your expectations, you need to complete the Residence Meal Plan Year End Options Form between April 1st and May 15th. You can only submit the form once. If you need to make any changes to your request after you submitted your form you will need to contact the OneCard Office by email to onecard@ryerson.ca .

If I apply on April 1st for the refund credit/transfer, when will the refund credit/transfer happen? Will it be based on the amount I have April 1st or at the end of the year?

All refund credit/transfer transactions will be completed by the end of May. The amount will be based on your balance in the meal plan account at the end of the year (April 30th).

When will the refund credit show up in my RAMSS Account?

The refund credit should appear in your RAMSS Account by the end of May. You will receive a confirmation email detailing the breakdown of your refund/transfer.

When will the transfer to my Campus Fund be complete?

The transfer to your Campus Fund should be completed by the end of May. You will receive a confirmation email detailing the breakdown of your refund/transfer.

Can I split my remaining balance between multiple options? (e.g. half to refund half to carry forward, etc.)

You can choose to split percentages of your eligible CAP balance between the various options. The split cannot exceed the CAP of 20%.

Can I request a refund credit/transfer/donation before April 1st?

No. You can only request the refund credit/transfer/donation between April 1st and May 15th.

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Compulsory Student Residence Meal Plan

Example of how the CAP is utilized.

Plan Type

Meal Plan Charge Per Semester

Meal Plan Charge Per Year

Year Cap @ 20%

Maximum Admin Fee

Flex

1,303.24

2,606.48

521.30

26.07

Small

1,701.01

3,402.02

680.40

34.02

Medium

1,852.53

3,705.06

741.01

37.05

Large

2,051.36

4,102.72

820.54

41.03

 

Example A: At academic year end a student requests a refund of their unused meal plan amount. They originally subscribed to a MEDIUM sized meal plan and have $920.86 left on their compulsory student residence meal plan account.

 

RESPONSE: The maximum refund credit that a student can obtain is 20% of the original assessment amount. The annual refund assessment cap for a medium sized Plan is $741.01. The student will be able to request a refund credit/transfer of $741.01 back to their RAMSS or choose from the options. The remaining $179.85 automatically gets carried forward to the next academic year. Their options are the following:

Option A: Carry Forward

If this student chooses to carry forward this amount, the total refundable amount (up to the CAP) may be carried forward to the next year.  If 100% of the eligible amount is selected for option A, the total carry forward amount would be $920.86

Carry Forward $920.86 = $741.01 Maximum CAP + $179.85 Auto Carry Forward

Option B: Refund to RAMSS

If the student chooses to credit their refund balance to RAMSS, they will be able to request a cheque if their account shows a net credit.  If 100% of the refundable amount is selected for option B, the total refund amount to RAMSS would be $703.96 as a 5% admin fee would apply.

Refund to RAMSS $703.96 = $741.01 Maximum CAP Less $37.05 Admin Fee

Admin Fee $37.05 = 5% of $741.01 Transfer Amount.  If this amount is under $50, the admin fee would be $2.50.

(The amount of $179.85 above the CAP still carries forward automatically)

Option C: Transfer to Campus Fund

If the student chooses to transfer their balance from Meal Plan to Campus Fund, they will be able to use the funds for purchases at the bookstore, vending machines, food outlets on campus, photocopy, printing, etc.,.  If 100% of the eligible amount is selected for option C, the total transfer would be would be $703.96 as a 5% admin fee would apply.

Transfer to Campus Fund $703.96 = $741.01 Maximum CAP Less $37.05 Admin Fee

Admin Fee $37.05 = 5% of $741.01 Transfer Amount.

(The amount of $179.85 above the CAP still carries forward automatically)

Option D: Donate to Emergency Fund

If the student chooses to donate their remaining balance, the funds will be transferred to the Ryerson Emergency Food Bank with no fees.  If 100% of the eligible amount is selected for option D, the total transfer would be would be $741.01.

(The amount of $179.85 above the CAP still carries forward automatically)

 

 

Balance

CAP

 Auto Carry Forward

(balance- CAP)

Eligible Refund/Transfer

Admin Fee

Net Refund/Transfer

 

920.86

741.01

179.85

741.01

37.05

703.96

 

 

Example B: At academic year end a student requests a refund credit of their unused meal plan amount. They originally subscribed to a LARGE sized meal plan and have $720.50 left on their compulsory student residence meal plan account.

 

RESPONSE: The maximum refund credit that a student can obtain is 20% of the original assessment amount. The annual refund assessment cap for a large sized Plan is $820.54. The student will be able to transfer the whole amount ($720.50) to their RAMSS student account, Campus Fund or Emergency Food Fund.

Option A: Carry Forward

If this student chooses to carry forward this amount, the total balance would be refundable as it is below the CAP.  If 100% of the eligible mount is selected for option A, the total carry forward amount would be $720.50.

Option B: Refund to RAMSS

If the student chooses to credit their refund balance to RAMSS, they will be able to request a cheque if their account shows a net credit.  If 100% of the refundable amount is selected for option B, the total refund credit amount to RAMSS would be would be $684.45 as a 5% admin fee would apply.

Refund to RAMSS $684.45 = $720.50 Maximum CAP Less $36.05 Admin Fee

Admin Fee $36.05 = 5% of $720.50 Transfer Amount.  If this amount is under $50, the admin fee would be $2.50.

Option C: Transfer to Campus Fund

If the student chooses to transfer their balance from Meal Plan to Campus Fund, they will be able to use the funds for purchases at the bookstore, vending machines, food outlets on campus, photocopy, printing, etc.,.  If 100% of the eligible amount is selected for option C, the total transfer would be would be $684.45 as a 5% admin fee would apply.

Transfer to Campus Fund $684.45 = $720.50 Maximum CAP Less $36.05 Admin Fee

Admin Fee $36.05 = 5% of $720.50 Transfer Amount.

 

Option D: Donate to Emergency Fund

If the student chooses to donate their remaining balance, the funds will be transferred to the Ryerson Emergency Food Bank with no fees.  If 100% of the eligible amount is selected for option D, the total transfer would be would be $720.50.

 

 

Balance

CAP

Carry Forward

(balance- CAP)

Eligible Refund/Transfer

Admin Fee

Net Refund/Transfer

 

720.50

820.54

N/A

720.50

36.05

684.45

 

 

Example C: At the end of April, a student requests a transfer of their unused meal plan amount to their Campus Fund. The student originally subscribed to a FLEX sized meal plan and have $47.50 left on their meal plan.

 

RESPONSE: The maximum that a student can transfer for a flex meal plan is $521.30 CAP. Since the student has less than $50.00, the remainder of their meal plan balance of $45.00 (47.50 - $2.50 admin fee for balances under $50.00) will be transferred to their Campus Fund.

 

 

Example D: On May 3rd, a student requests to donate funds from their unused meal plan amount to the Student Emergency Food fund. They originally subscribed to a MEDIUM sized meal plan and have $568.45 left on their meal plan. The student requests to donate 50% to the Student Emergency Food Fund.

 

RESPONSE:  The CAP for a MEDIUM sized meal plan is $741.01. As their request was for 50% to be moved to the Student Emergency Food fund, $284.23 is moved from the student’s meal plan to the Student Emergency Food Fund (no admin fee applies to this portion). For the remaining balance of $284.22 the student can choose from the following options:

Option A: Carry Forward

If this student chooses to carry forward the remaining amount, the total balance would be eligible as it is below the CAP.  The total carry forward amount would be $284.22 and not subject to an admin fee.

Option B: Refund to RAMSS

If the student chooses to credit their refund balance to RAMSS, they will be able to request a cheque if their account shows a net credit.  If the total remaining amount is selected for option B, the total refund credit amount to RAMSS would be would be $270.01 as a 5% admin fee would apply.

Refund to RAMSS $270.01 = $284.22- $14.21 Admin Fee

Admin Fee $14.21 = 5% of $284.22 Transfer Amount.  If this amount was under $50, the admin fee would be $2.50.

Option C: Transfer to Campus Fund

If the student chooses to transfer their balance from Meal Plan to Campus Fund, they will be able to use the funds for purchases at the bookstore, vending machines, food outlets on campus, photocopy, printing, etc.,.  If the total eligible amount is selected for option C, the total transfer would be would be $270.01 as a 5% admin fee would apply.

Transfer to Campus Fund $270.01 = $284.22 Less $14.21 Admin Fee

Admin Fee $14.21 = 5% of $284.22 Transfer Amount.

 

Withdrawal from Residence/University

If you are withdrawing from residence you must complete the requiredResidence Withdrawal Package from the Housing & Residence Life office. Housing & Residence Life will contact the OneCard office on your behalf to request a refund of your meal plan. The balance on your meal plan minus a $100 withdrawal administrative fee will be applied to your RAMSS account as a credit.

If you are also withdrawing from the University, please ensure you follow the steps outlined on the Office of the Registrar website as well as complete the required Residence Withdrawal Package from the Housing & Residence Life office.

Options for Residence Meal Plan Balances at Academic Year End

If you still have funds on your meal plan at the end of April you have four options of what to do next with the funds.  You can choose an option between April 1 and May 15.  If a choice is not made by May 15, the balance on your meal plan will remain on your OneCard (carry forward) for you to continue using as a meal plan the following year.

Option A:  Carry Forward Meal Plan Balance to Next Academic Year.

Your meal plan balance will carry forward to the next academic year and can be used for meal purchases.  This is the default option for any student with a balance remaining on their meal plan, unless a different option is selected.  There are no administrative fees attached to this option.

Option B:  Refund Credit to RAMSS Account.

You can request a meal plan refund credit of up to 20% (CAP amount) of your original total meal plan assessment amount.  An administrative fee of 5% ($2.50 for refund balances under $50) will be applied to the refund credit as well.  The refund credit will be applied to your RAMSS account.

If you have more funds on your meal plan than the CAP amount, the remaining funds will carry forward to the next academic year and can be used for meal purchases.

Option C:  Transfer to Campus Fund.

You can request a transfer of funds from your meal plan to your Campus Fund of up to 20% (CAP amount) of your original total meal plan assessment amount.  An administrative fee of 5% ($2.50 for refund balances under $50) will be applied to the transfer as well.  Meal plan funds can only be used for meal purchases.  Your Campus Fund can be used for photocopying, laser printing, campus store purchases, in vending machines, and at food locations.

If you have more funds on your meal plan than the CAP amount, the remaining funds will carry forward to the next academic year and can be used for meal purchases.

Option D:  Donation to Emergency Food Fund.

You can donate funds from your meal plan to supply emergency food dollars to students in need of up to 20% (CAP amount) of your original total meal plan assessment amount.  The funds will be administered by the Vice Provost Students, or designate.  There are no administrative fee for the portion to this option.  Amounts in excess of the 20% CAP will be considered brought forward to the next fiscal year.

Extraordinary Requests

If you have a request for a meal plan refund that does not fall under one of the categories above, you can submit a request with supporting explanation and evidence to the Executive Director, University Business Services.  All requests must be directed through the OneCard Office by email to onecard@ryerson.ca. Approved extraordinary refund requests will apply a refund credit to your RAMSS account.

As of April 30 of each academic year, students enrolled in a residence meal plan with a balance remaining on the residence meal plan account of their OneCard, have the following four options. Students not exercising an option during the annual April 1 to May 15 window will have their balance carried forward (Option A).  

 


 

Option A:  Carry forward OneCard Balance to Next Academic Year (DEFAULT) 

This option will allow a student to carry forward (without any administrative fee) the remaining balance on their compulsory residence meal plan to the next academic year for their use. 

Option B:  Refund Credit (to Student RAMSS Account)

Subject to 20% CAP of the original annual meal plan assessment, allows students to request a refund of the balance remaining on their residence meal plan to their RAMSS account. An administrative fee of 5% for refunded amounts greater than $50 and $2.50 for amounts <$50 is applicable. Amounts in excess of the 20% CAP will be considered brought forward to the next fiscal year.

Option C:  Transfer

Subject to a 20% CAP of the original annual meal plan assessment, allows students to transfer the remaining balance in their residence meal plan to the Campus Fund. An administrative fee of 5% for amounts greater than $50 and $2.50 for amounts <$50 is applicable. Amounts in excess of the 20% CAP will be considered brought forward to the next fiscal year.

Option D:  Donation Emergency Food Fund

This option allows a student to donate unused funds (in whole or in part) on their OneCard to supply emergency food dollars to students in need. The funds will be administered by the Vice Provost Students, or designate. There are no administrative fees attached to the donation portion amount.  Amounts in excess of the 20% CAP will be considered brought forward to the next fiscal year.

 


Refund Options Form

OPEN April 1 to May 15