Dining Cash

The George Washington University (GW) offers an open dining program, providing our students with flexibility to personalize their meal plan by finding food that best meets their dining preferences and needs. Open dining means that students can use their dining funds to purchase prepared meals, snacks and groceries at more than 90 dining and grocery partners located on, or near, our Foggy Bottom and Mount Vernon campuses, as well as across the city. Our students are not limited to a few on-campus options. For example, students can grab a salad at Sweetgreen, shop for groceries at Whole Foods or order delivery pizza. The dining funds that are associated to the open dining program are called Dining Cash. 

Students living in GW residence halls will be assigned a Dining Plan based upon the availability of a kitchen in a student's housing assignment. All undergraduate students living in GW residence halls are required to participate in the Dining Plan. 

2019-20 Academic Year Dining Cash Plan Rates:

  • Residents Without a Kitchen: $4,750 Dining Cash ($2,375 per semester)
  • Residents With a Kitchen: $3,050 Dining Cash ($1,525 per semester)

2020-21 Academic Year Dining Cash Plan Rates:

  • Residents Without a Kitchen: $4,891 Dining Cash ($2,445.50 per semester)
  • Residents With a Kitchen: $3,140 Dining Cash ($1,570 per semester)

Any residents with a kitchen can choose to opt-into the "Residents Without a Kitchen" Dining Plan. Students are encouraged to seelct the higher rate meal lpan if they are concerned that they will not have enough dining cash or if they would prefer to dine more outside of their room during the year. Dining plan changes must be made by the student online through Housing E-services within the first 2 weeks of the semester.  

GW Dining Plan values represent average average amount of Dining Cash needed by students for the academic year. Dining funds roll over from semester-to-semester and year-to-year.

Dining Cash Details:

  • Requirement: Dining Cash plans are required (per the GW Undergraduate Housing License Agreement) for all undergraduate resident students and are the primary funds for GW’s dining plan. Dining plans are billed to the Student Account each semester along with housing and tuition charges. 
  • Deposits: Dining Cash plans are deposited in full at the start of fall and spring semester. Dining Cash is a declining balance account that will count down based on each purchase made. Additional deposits can be made any time during the year. 
  • Permitted Purchases: Dining Cash can be used to purchase food at over 90 Dining partners. These partner locations include restaurants, grocery stores, convenience stores, vending machines, and Mount Vernon on campus dining venues. 
  • Restricted Purchases: Dining Cash cannot be used to make purchases at non-dining GWorld merchants such as the GW Bookstore, the Colonial Health Center, and salons. Students can add Colonial Cash to make purchases at these GWorld service and retail mercahnts. Colonial Cash and Dining Cash may not be used to purchase alcohol, tobacco, or gift cards. GWorld funds can not be used to pay your Student Account (tuition bill).
  • Printing & Laundry Purchases: Dining Cash may be used for campus printing and residence hall laundry facility purchases when a student does not have Colonial Cash available.
  • Remaining Balances: Any unused funds left over at the end of term roll over from semester to semester and year to year. Having a remaining balance does not decrease the amount of the Dining plan that will be deposited next semester. 
  • Refunds: Dining Cash is non-refundable and non-transferrable. Per the GW Undergraduate Housing License Agreement, students waive the right to a refund for any unused GWorld funds while they are a student at GW. Students who withdraw from their housing assignments within the first 4 weeks of the semester (check the GW Undergraduate Housing License Agreement for specific dates) may be eligible for a prorated housing refund and a refund of unused Dining Cash. Any refund amount will not exceed the Dining Cash Plan assigned for the given semester. Students are not eligible for refunds of GWorld monies left over from previous semesters under any circumstances. 
  • Expiration: Colonial Cash and Dining Cash will not expire unless your account remains inactive (no deposits or charges) for a consecutive 36 month period.
  • Online Account Management: Via GET, an online system and mobile app, students can log on to check their balance, view their transactions, make deposits, make mobile orders from select GWorld merchants, and report their lost card.
  • Savings Opportunities: Students can use Dining Cash to take advantage of meal deals, promotions, specials and discounts available through their dining plans at GWorld locations.
  • Learn More: The GW Dining website includes information on GW’s dining plans as well as tips on where to eat and how to plan meals depending on a student’s diet preferences and needs.
  • Social Media: Follow @gwdining on Twitter or like us ("GW Dining") on Facebook to stay up to date on Dining partners and specials.