University leaders explain new dining contract

Emma Austin

WKU’s proposed contract with Aramark will collect $330,000 from students not previously on a meal plan by requiring all students taking face-to-face classes on the university’s main campus to pay for declining balance plan.

According to numbers provided by Brian Kuster, vice president of Student Affairs, there were around 11,500 full-time students taking classes on WKU Main Campus last semester. Of those students, around 6,100 were on a meal plan, and 1,000 had purchased a declining balance plan.

The remaining 4,400 full-time students who chose not to buy  a meal plan last semester will be required to buy a $75 declining balance plan, which may be deducted from the cost of a meal plan or used as dining dollars at facilities on campus