There are three meal periods per day Monday through Friday and two meal periods per day Saturday and Sunday. You may use one meal swipe of your meal plan during each meal period (does not apply to Unlimited or block plans). 

No. Meal/Block Plans and Dining Dollars roll over from fall to spring to summer and expire at the end of the summer term.

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), the ADM located in Pace Library 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

Yes, you can change your meal or block plan. Contact the Nautilus Card office ( 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. 

Meal Plan participants will receive 2 free meal swipes/passes each semester that can be used to pay for guest meals, except for Unlimited Plans. A free guest meal swipe must be used at the same time as a regular meal swipe.