All First-Time-In-College (FTIC) students living in university housing are required to participate in the Mandatory Meal Plan their first two semesters on campus (summer residence not included). FTIC students may choose either the Argo 12, Argo 15, Argo Unlimited, or Argo Unlimited Plus Meal Plan option during Housing sign-up. The chosen plan may be upgraded or downgraded, within the same options (12, 15, Unlimited, or Unlimited Plus), during the first two weeks after the start of classes or after they purchase the plan, whichever is later. The second semester, the plan will default to the plan the student selected at the beginning of the first semester (first selected at UWF Housing sign up), even if the plan was changed during the given time.
Meal Plans allow the student to enjoy up to the specified number of guaranteed meals each week during the semester. Meal plan swipes may only be used in the Nautilus Market. Each time you use a meal it is subtracted from your balance. One meal swipe is allowed per meal period (does not apply to Unlimited or Block Plans). There are three meal periods on weekdays and two meal periods on Saturday and Sunday. The weekly meal total resets each Sunday, and unused meals do not roll over to the next week.
To view the mandatory meal plans for the current academic year, visit UWF Dining Services > Meal Plans > For Residents.
Mandatory Meal Plan: How to Pay
Mandatory Meal Plans will automatically post to the student’s account balance. Balance may be viewed in MyUWF. (my.uwf.edu)
1. Log in to MyUWF
2. Search for “Account Balance”
3. Click on “Cashnet - Pay your Bills” app
- Cards accepted: MC, VISA, Discover, AmEx, and JCB (convenience fee: 2.75%)
- E-check option (no convenience fee)
In Cashier’s Office (B. 20E)
Cash, check, or money order accepted. (no convenience fee)
With Financial Aid
Financial Aid will be applied automatically to your meal plan if you have a sufficient amount to cover the cost after tuition and housing are paid.
How to use a Meal Plan
The student’s specified number of meal swipes (12 or 15) are available in the Nautilus Market UWF’s all-you-care-to-eat and meal plan dining facility located in the Commons, building 22.
There are three meal periods per day Monday through Friday (Breakfast: 7:15-10:30am; Lunch: 10:31am-4:00pm; Dinner: 4:01-9:00pm, Mon-Thurs; 4:01-7:00pm on Fri) and two meal periods per day Saturday and Sunday (Brunch: 11:00am-4:00pm; Dinner: 4:01- 7:00pm). You may use one meal swipe from your meal plan during each meal period. (Meal periods do not apply to the Unlimited Meal Plan or Block Plans.)
To-go meals options are available, except the Unlimited Meal Plan.
Meal Plan participants with the 12 or 15 Meal Plan receive 2 free meal swipes each semester that can be used to pay for guest meals. A free guest meal swipe must be used at the same time as a regular swipe.
Dining Dollars are flexible dollars that may be used at any UWF campus dining venue.
Meal Plans expire at the end of each semester. Dining Dollars rollover Fall to Spring to Summer and expire at the end of Summer Semester. To check your Meal Plan swipes or Dining Dollar balances, simply ask the cashier or go to MyUWF > Nautilus Card Balance and Swipe History app.
How to use an Unlimited Meal Plan
Unlimited swipes are available in the Nautilus Market, UWF’s all-you-care-to-eat and meal plan dining facility located in the Commons, building 22. Meal periods do not apply.
To-go options are not available with this plan.
Meal Plans expire at the end of each semester.
To check your Meal Plan swipe balance, simply ask the cashier or go the MyUWF > Nautilus Card Balance and Swipe History app.
How to use a Block Plan
The block number of swipes are available in the Nautilus Market UWF’s all-you-care-to-eat and meal plan dining facility located in the Commons, building 22. Meal Periods do not apply.
To-go options are available with block plans.
Block Plans expire at the end of each semester. Dining Dollars rollover Fall to Spring to Summer and expire at the end of Summer Semester.
To check your Block Plan swipes or Dining Dollar balances, simply go to MyUWF > Nautilus Card Balance and Swipe History app.
Dining Dollars are flexible dollars that come with each meal/ block plan and are accepted like cash in all dining locations. We recommend using your Dining Dollars to grab a snack between meals or to purchase meals at campus dining venues other than the Nautilus Market. Dining Dollars rollover Fall to Spring to Summer and expire at the end of Summer Semester.
Guest Meal Swipes
Meal Plan participants with an Argo 12 or 15 Meal Plan will receive 2 free meal swipes each semester that can be used to pay for guest meals. A free guest meal swipe must be used at the same time as a regular swipe.
Payment is due at the same time as payment for housing and tuition.
No, but you may add funds to your Nautilus Card declining balance account via MyUWF (convenience fee applies), one of the ADMs located around campus or at the Commons Service Desk (no convenience fee). These funds can then be used anywhere on campus, including Dining Services and they roll over from semester to semester.
Each semester, meal and block plans begin the first day of Housing check-in and run through the last day of finals for that semester.
The mandatory meal plan can apply to some Transfer Students.
A student’s status as FTIC is not the same as a classification indicating academic progress.
“First Time In College” (FTIC) students are defined as students who have earned a standard high school diploma from a regionally accredited high school or its equivalent and who have earned fewer than 12 semester hours of transferable college credit since graduating from high school, as evaluated by UWF.
To determine if you are an FTIC student, please contact the Undergraduate Admissions office at 850.474.2230 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes, you can change your meal or block plan. Contact the Nautilus Card office (email@example.com or 850.474.3324) during the first 2 weeks after the start of classes or after the date you purchased the plan, whichever is later.