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Frequently Asked Questions

Am I required to purchase a meal plan?

All freshman are required to have an unlimited meal plan. Sophomores or higher that are living in a Residence Hall are required to have a minimum of a 15 meal plan. Students living in the suites are required to have a minimum of 11 meal plan. The 7 meal plan & 75 block plan are only available to off campus students, students living in the Apartments, and commuter students.

Can I make changes to my meal plan?

All requests to changes in your designated meal plan must be made in writing to the Office of Residence Life at Requests must be submitted no later than 7 business days from the first day of classes.

What are Friar Bucks?

Friar Bucks are tied to your meal plan and can be spent in the Alumni Hall Food Court, Friar Buyer Convenience Store, Ruane Center Cafe', Raymond Hall Diningl and Schneider Arena Concessions.  Friar Bucks carryover from the fall semester to the the spring semester, as long as the student keeps his/her meal plan.  At the end of the spring semester, any unused Friar Bucks will be forfeited.  

What if my Friar Bucks run out before the end of the semester?

You can load additional Friar Bucks to your PC ID through the PC Online Card Office at anytime.

What is PC Cash?

PC Cash is used to make purchases on and off campus.  PC Cash carries each semester until graduation, at which time any PC Cash balance under $25 will not be refunded.  Account balances $25 or greater will be applied to any outstanding balance you may have with the College.  Any remaining balance will be returned in a check.

Where can I use my Friar Bucks & PC Cash?

On CampusPC CashFriar Bucks
Alumni Food Court, Alumni Hall
Bookstore, Slavin CenterX
Copy MachinesX
Dunkin' Donuts, Slavin CenterX
Friar Buyer Convenience Store, Davis HallXX
McPhail's, Slavin CenterX
Print ReleaseX
Raymond Hall DiningX
Ruane Center Cafe'XX
Schneider Arena ConcessionsXX
Smith Center Ticket OfficeX
Student Information Desk, Slavin CenterX
Vending MachinesX
Off CampusPC CashFriar Bucks
CVS Pharmacy, 400 Admiral St., Providence RIX
The Abbey, 686 Admiral St., Providence, RIX
Big Tony's Pizzeria, 525 Eaton St., Providence, RIX
Domino's Pizza, 1010 Chalkstone Ave., Providence RIX
Golden Crust Pizza, 228 Oakland Ave., Providence RIX
Moe's Southwest Grill, 229 Waterman St., Providence, RIX

How do I put PC Cash on my card?

You can load PC Cash, online with a credit card at the Online Card Office or PC Card App, at one of the four cash-to-card machines located on campus (lower level of Slavin, the first floor of the Philips Memorial Library, Accinno Hall first floor and the Davis Hall Lounge), in person at Harkins Hall, Room 401 by cash or check or by mailing a check and Deposit Form

How can I check my meal plan balance?

To manage your account, load additional Friar Bucks, or deposit PC Cash log onto your account at the Online Card Office.

I have special dietary requirements, are you able to accommodate me?

Yes, our dedicated staff is happy to accommodate students with special dietary needs. We provide nutritional facts on the dining menus within the dining room and post possible allergen alerts where applicable. In addition, we offer menu offerings that accommodate vegan and vegetarian diets. For individual needs, please 1

I am allergic to gluten (or peanuts, or treenuts) are there foods that are safe for me to eat?

We have an area called MyZone in Raymond Hall Dining. My Zone is a "pantry" where food items needed by customers with celiac disease or food allergies can be housed with precautions against cross-contamination. This special area gives students the ability to be involved in their own allergen-safe meal preparation. My Zone will always be free of gluten-containing ingredients and products, as well as tree nut and peanut products. We ask that students help to maintain the area ensuring that it stays allergen friendly and educate their peers on the importance of not cross-contaminating products within the pantry with other food items. As a student with allergies, we ask they do their part and not bring in foods from other areas into MyZone.

What is the Take3 program?

A meal exchange program designed as a quick meal on the go from a select menu at Alumni Hall, Mon.-Fri. 11:00am-8:00pm MENU

What are the hours of operation?

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Important Info

Using Your ID Card
To enter Raymond Hall you must present a valid ID card.

Alumni Food Court, Friar Buyer, Ruane Cafe' and Schneider Arena - you must present your card to the cashier for all purchases so they can deduct the Friar Bucks or PC Cash (where applicable) from your account.

There are no exceptions to this policy. If you do not have your card you may pay cash.

Lost ID Card Information
If you have lost your card, you may obtain a replacement card at the PC Card Office in Harkins Hall.  Lost or stolen cards must be IMMEDIATELY deactivated online, by using the App, in person at the PC Card office or by telephone (during business hours).  The replacement fee for a lost card is $20.  Old cards cannot be reactivated.  

Dietary Accommodations
For students on a meal plan with dietary concerns, we have a consulting dietitian and health and wellness coordinator on staff. Please visit our Dietary Accommodation page for more information.

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