TSTC students have three meal plan choices. These plans allow students to access meal services at their convenience without the worry of paying each time or carrying cash. Café menus change frequently to add an extensive variety of items that include both ethnic and cultural favorites, heart healthy selections and grab-and-go items for those in a hurry.
All new students residing on campus in Lavaca Hall, Red River Apartments or Village Oaks Apartments who are 21 years of age or younger on the first day of their first semester are required to participate in the 1M525 Meal Plan* option for his/her first two consecutive semesters on campus, in addition to housing fees. Students meeting these qualifications, will be billed automatically. However, these students are not limited to these meal plans and may purchase an upgrade during the sign-up period. All three meal plans are available to every student for purchase.
Returning students may enroll for a meal plan during the sign-up period† by completing a Meal Plan Contract (see Meal Plan Forms) with the Student Accounting Office and paying the appropriate price for the plan selected.
Depending on the plan selected, students begin each semester with a set amount of funds that are electronically added to their TechOne card account. As purchases are made, students on a meal plan must present their TechOne Student ID to the Tornado Alley Café Cashier. The card will be debited, based on what is being purchased, therefore, the balance declines. Students will receive a receipt for their current purchase that will indicate the remaining balance of their meal plan.
Meal Plan Changes
Students have the first two weeks of a semester to make changes to their meal plan. After that period changes will not be accepted.
To request a change to a current meal plan, a student must complete a Meal Plan Contract Change form (see Meal Plan forms) with the Student Accounting Office and pay any additional costs associated with the new plan, if applicable. This includes upgrades, downgrades and/or cancellations (if not required).
Meal Plan Additional Information
Student Meal Plans are for the meal plan holder only. Meals cannot be provided to other students, friends or visitors.
Meal Plans have no cash value at the semester's end and are not transferable to others or to future semesters. The meal plan holder is responsible for ensuring their account is used up prior to the end of the semester. No refunds are given.
Tornado Alley Café is closed on weekends, student holidays and during semester breaks. No meals are available for purchase on the days the cafe is closed.
*Minimum participation requirement for new students, under 21, living on campus.
†First two weeks of the semester.