Dining hall

In an effort to ensure that students receive options for proper daily nutritional requirements, Pratt Institute offers its students a number of meal plans.

The meal plans are designed on a debit card system; students’ meal plan points decrease as the student purchases items in the main dining room, convenience store or pizza shop. A meal plan point equals one dollar. However, the cost of meal plans is fixed.

A student will not be refunded unused points at the end of the semester (in the case of Semester Only plans) or at the end of the year (in the case of Yearly plans). However, points not used on Yearly Plans in the Fall semester are not forfeited: They are added to the Spring semester allotment.

Purchasing a meal plan can save the student almost 10% over a student paying cash since purchases with a meal plan are not charged tax. Please Note: “Pratt Bucks” are a different, distinct line of debit that can also be created, but they are charged tax when used.

With all meal plans (and Pratt Bucks accounts), students have the option to add points at any time during the semester, via www.prattcard.com accessed with the Pratt OneKey login.


A meal plan for 2021–22 is available here


Any student living on or off-campus may sign up for a meal plan.

  • Start at our one.pratt.edu portal
  • Sign in with your OneKey credentials
  • Click on the "Residence Life Housing Application" link
  • For students living on-campus, underneath your current term room assignment is the link for the “Housing and Meal Plan Contract”
  • For students living off-campus, click on the term link named “Meal Plan Sign Up – For Off Campus Students Only”
  • Follow the online prompts to submit your meal plan contract sign up.


Students who have a current meal plan may find themselves "running low" of points as the semester progresses or their meal plan points have been all used up before the semester ends. In these cases, students have two choices: They can upgrade to a higher value plan or add amounts greater than $25 to their existing plan.

Upgrading is a process done in person at the Office of Residential Life and Housing. The student will receive the additional points and their student account will be rebilled the difference. Things to remember if upgrading from a semester plan to a yearly plan: You will have the upgraded plan again in the Spring semester, but unused points will then carry over from Fall to Spring. Things to remember if upgrading from one semester plan to another semester plan: All points end at the conclusion of that given semester; add only what you can use during that semester. 

Adding points is a process done online with any credit or debit card through the PrattCard.com website. Be sure to specify on the site that you wish to add "Meal Plan Points" rather than "Pratt Bucks." Keep in mind that meal plan points are only usable in the dining services areas and Pratt Bucks are only usable in the non-dining services areas. Also, remember that all points on semester plans end at the conclusion of that semester: So, add only the points you feel you will use before the semester ends.

  • Meal plan points - Only usable in dining services areas: Cafeteria, PI Shop, C-Store, etc.
  • Pratt Bucks - Only usable at copy center, bookstore, non-dining services/off campus vendors