Question: Why are students mandated to purchase meal plans? 

Answer: The rationale for the program was to promote an atmosphere of belonging and participation.  Numerous studies have indicated that most engaged students, those residing on-campus and dining on- campus have experienced substantial social and educational benefits from their on-campus experiences.

Another primary reason for this policy is to assist our 1st year resident students with that difficult transition from High School to college.

Question: How do I get a Charger Card? 

Answer: You will have a Charger Card made during New Student Orientation, or you can come to Charger Union room 131 with a copy of your current class schedule and picture ID during our regular office hours.

Question: If I want to change my meal plan, how do I make this change?
Answer: Whether their purchase is required or voluntary, students have the first two weeks of classes to make any changes to their dining options. To make the change, Please complete this form: 

Meal Plan Change Form


Question: How do I add money to one of my Charger Card accounts throughout the semester?
Answer: You can make a minimum deposit of $10.00 in the Cashiers Office (SSB 123) for Flex account and then take the receipt to the Charger Card Office. You can make a minimum deposit of $50.00 for dining dollars. You may pay with cash, check, money order, Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover Card. 

Question: Can money be added to my Charger Card account over the phone with a credit card?
Answer: Yes. Call 256-824-6226, but expect a 24-hour delay in our placing the amount on your card.

Question: Can I mail payments for deposit to my Charger Card account?
Answer: Yes. The money will be added to your account within 24 hours of receiving it in the Cashiers Office. Checks should be made payable to UAH and should include your student ID number (A#) and type of deposit. Please mail to:

Cashier's Office
Student Services Building, Room 123
Huntsville, AL 35899-5050

Unless otherwise instructed, we will apply the deposit to your Flex account.

Question: Can anyone else use my Charger Card?
Answer: No, you should never lend your card to anyone.

Question: Can I use my Dining Dollars or Meal Plan in the bookstore?
Answer: No, the only accounts you can use are the Flex and Book Scholarship. All other accounts are funds committed to our on-campus food service provider.

Question: What should I do if I lose my Charger card?
Answer: Please notify the Charger Card office immediately by phone 256-824-2720 or in person in Charger Union room 131.  We will freeze the card and its accounts and access privileges until a replacement card can be made.  A $25.00 replacement fee will be charged to your student account.  If after hours and for safety or security issues, contact the Office of Public Safety at 256-824-6596.

Question: What if my card does not work or gets damaged?
Answer: Take your card to the Charger Card Office for inspection. Sometimes the magnetic strip's encoding is erased or your card is not programmed correctly. Depending on the circumstances, a $25.00 fee may be charged if replacement is necessary. Please take care of your Charger Card's physical condition, keeping it away from abrasive materials, cell phones and other devices with a magnetic field.

Question: Can I get the current balance of my card account or a copy of my transactions?
Answer: Yes. Given proper identification, we can provide your card account information to the Charger Card Office, Charger Union room 131. A cashier at a point-of-sale terminal and cash deposit machines (PHIL machines) can also give account balances. You can also login to to check charger card account balances. 

Question: Can I request an exemption from the meal plan requirement for off-campus full-time students?
Answer: Yes, you can complete the waiver form: 

Meal Plan Exemption Request Form

If your student status has changed to less than 12 hours, you no longer have the requirement. However, you are responsible for notifying the Charger Card office in writing within the two-week deadline or you will have to keep the plan for the semester.

Contact the Charger Card Office

Question: What happens to my meal plan if I withdraw from the university? Do I get a refund? 

Yes. If you withdraw from the university, you are responsible for notifying the Charger Card Office and we will refund your unused meal funds. 

Contact the Charger Card Office

Question: What happens to my Dining Dollars at the end of each semester? Will I be able to carry them over or get a refund? 

Yes, your Dining Dollar balance will carry over from Fall semester to Spring semester and expires at end of the Spring semester. 

We will also send out an email to all students 4 weeks before the deadline to remind them as well.

Question: What happens to my Flex dollars at the end of each semester? Will I be able to carry them over or get a refund? 

Flex account does not expire. You can request a flex refund when you graduate or leave UAH.

After 2 years of inactivity, we will deduct $25 Flex every year, until the flex account is zero.


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