FAQ: If I need assistance with my meal plan who can I contact?

We are available to manage and assist you with any questions or concerns regarding your meal plans.  Please contact us at DolphinCard@csi.cuny.edu or 718-982-2294 and we will get back to you as quickly as possible.

Save 8.875% on food and beverage purchases by enrolling in a student meal plan program! Meal plan purchases for students are tax exempt. You can use your meal plan to purchase beverages and food at all campus dining facilities.

Account Types

Meal plans consist of two different accounts, each tax exempt when making food and/or beverage purchases:

Dining Dollars: The account which holds the funds for meal plan. Note that all first-time CSI students residing in dolphin cove are required to purchase either blue dolphin, gray dolphin, green dolphin meal plan for the first (2) consecutive semesters of residency. This is a pre-paid, declining balance account that can be accessed using your DolphinCard. Each time you make a purchase, the purchase amount is subtracted from your account balance. All purchases of food and/or beverages made using this account are exempt from NYS sales tax.

Dining Plus Dollars: If/when meal plan Dining Dollar funds have been exhausted, students and/or their parents have the option of making additional deposits to the Dining Plus Dollars Account. Dining Plus dollars may be used to purchase food and beverages at all Campus Dining Facilities anytime that meal plan service is in operation (see Meal Plan Contract Period for specific information). A minimum deposit of $50.00 is required. Purchases made using these funds are NYS sales tax exempt.

Meal plans are non-transferrable. All unused Dining Dollars and Dining Plus Dollars are forfeited at the end of each contracted semester and may not be carried over semester to semester.

Dining Hours of Operation

For current information on hours of operation for 1C Campus Center Main Cafe, Bits & Bytes Café, Dolphin Express Food Cart and the Park Café visit the Locations Page

Meal Plan Descriptions:

  • *Blue Dolphin Plan: $1,975/Semester ($3,950 Annual)
  • *Gray Dolphin Plan: $1,500/Semester ($3,000 Annual)
  • *Green Dolphin plan: $935/Semester ($1,870 Annual)
  • Commuter Dolphin Plan: $300/Semester ($600 Annual)

*First-time CSI Students residing in Dolphin Cove are required to purchase either blue dolphin, gray dolphin, green dolphin plan. Commuters may purchase any plan.

Meal Plan Contract Period:
Meal plan service will begin with dinner on the first day of official move in date for Dolphin Cove each semester and end with lunch on the last day of final exams for each semester.   Please refer to the academic calendar for specific dates. 

Please note, meal service will not be available during the following holidays when the College is officially closed: Thanksgiving Break and Winter Break.

Modified meal service will be available during the following holidays when the College is officially closed: Labor Day, Columbus Day, Lincoln’s Birthday and President’s Day.

Meal service will be available on days that classes are not in session and the College is officially operational (as listed in the official academic calendar).

Signing up for a Meal Plan

Residential and Commuter students have the option purchasing a meal plan.  Meal plan agreements are available at the Office of Parking & DolphinCard Services, West Administration Building 3A Room 106 or at the Student Housing Office located in the Campus Center during regularly scheduled business hours.  You may contact the Office of Parking & DolphinCard Services 718.982.2294 if you have questions or need assistance.

In order to purchase a meal plan, a completed and signed Meal Plan Agreement must be returned with a deposit of $300 to the Office of Parking & DolphinCard Services.  Check, money order and cash are accepted.  Checks should be made payable to “College of Staten Island”. 

Any outstanding balance will appear on your CUNYfirst account as a “Meal Plan” Charge, and must be paid through the Bursar Office located in North Administration Building 2A, Room 105.

Please note that first year residents of Dolphin Cove are required to purchase Blue Dolphin, Gray Dolphin, Green Dolphin Meal Plan for both the Fall and Spring terms.  Signed meal plan contract and $300 deposit are due prior to July 15th.

  • For additional payment information visit the bursar web page.
  • Access your CUNYfirst account.
  • In person: West Administration Building 3A, Room 106

By mail:
College of Staten Island
Office of Parking & DolphinCard Services
West Administration Building 3A Room 106
Staten Island, New York 10314


Both students and Faculty/Staff may deposit funds into this account. This account may be used for purchases made in the Bookstore, Parking & DolphinCard Services, vending machines, Dolphin Cove laundry facilities (Dolphin Cove Residents only), and the purchase of food throughout campus. Purchases made using this account are taxable. Funds placed into this account will roll over semester to semester, as long as the cardholder is affiliated with the college. Upon separation from the College, refunds may be requested.


Meal Plan Policies and Agreement