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Commuter Meal Plan

How It Works

  • Two levels to choose from
  • Charge it to your Bursar account
  • 10 percent discount on prepared items at Food Services locations
  • Accessed conveniently with your Penn State id+ Card
  • Available for fall and spring semesters

The Commuter Meal Plan provides an option for off-campus students to enjoy the wide variety of food and beverage choices on campus. Only off-campus students enrolled for the upcoming semester are eligible for the plan.

Students living on campus are required to purchase the Campus Meal Plan.

Purchasing the Plan

The Commuter Meal Plan can be purchased at the eLiving website and charged directly to your Bursar account. Both undergraduate and graduate students are eligible for the Commuter Meal Plan. The plan can be added to your semester bill until September 30 for fall semester and until February 28 for spring semester.

Missed a due date?

LionCash+ shares the same benefits as the Commuter Meal Plan and you can add to your account anytime online using a Visa or MasterCard debit/credit card. LionCash+ is accepted at both on- and off-campus locations. Learn more about other benefits and where LionCash+ is accepted at the LionCash+ website.

Level Options

Choose between two fund levels for the semester. Once you purchase a level and are a registered student for the upcoming semester, the full amount will be deposited into your account.

Level One - $500
Level Two - $1,000

Leftover Funds

  • Leftover funds carry over from fall to spring semester.
  • Leftover funds after the spring semester are forfeited.

Running low on funds?

Food Services registers will automatically use funds from your activated LionCash+ account at the same discounted rate.

Manage your Commuter Meal Plan by visiting the Penn State id+ Card website. Once signed in, you can monitor your account balance and review your transaction history.


With the Commuter Meal Plan, you'll enjoy a 10 percent discount at the all-you-care-to-eat dining commons, as well as a 10 percent discount on prepared items at Food Services locations.

Where The Plan Can Be Used

The Commuter Meal Plan is accepted at Food Services locations at Altoona, Beaver, Berks, Behrend, Brandywine, Greater Allegheny, Harrisburg, Hazleton, Mont Alto, Schuylkill, University Park, Wilkes-Barre, and Worthington/Scranton.

Lost or Stolen id+ Card

If your id+ card has been lost or stolen, deactivate it immediately at the id+ Card website or by calling 814-865-7590. Get your new card at the current replacement fee at the Housing and Food Services Office during normal business hours.