On Campus Baseline Plan

The Baseline Plan is for students living in the residence halls.
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We want you to get the most out of your dining experience at UW-Stout, that's why we created the Baseline Plan. The Baseline Plan is for students living on campus in the residence halls. The plan offers six options and students are free to choose from the one that best fits their needs.

Understanding the Baseline Plan Costs

Your dining plan is comprised of two parts, the Board Fee and the Dining Funds.

Board Fee: 
The Board Fee, $994, is the same for all on-campus students. This fee pays for operating costs such as utilities, labor, supplies, maintenance, and insurance in our cafeteria locations. The Board Fee pays for everything, other than food, required to operate Commons and North Point Cafeterias.

Dining Funds:
The Dining Funds are the funds available on your Stout BlueCard which function as an on-campus debit-account when purchasing food. In cafeteria locations, students pay the average food costs for the meal period. Students receive the best value from their dining plan when eating at Commons or North Point Cafeterias. In these locations, you will pay only Baseline cafeteria prices and receive one entrée, sides, salad bar, beverages, and desserts per visit.

2021-2022 Baseline Cafeteria Prices







Dining funds roll over semester to semester, year after year. So students can be confident in selecting a higher plan to meet their needs. Additionally, students can add dining funds at any time on a dollar for dollar basis. There are also no transaction fees when adding dining funds.

Anticipated 2021-2022 Baseline Plan Selection

Students can choose from Six Baseline Dining Plans, each with different fund amounts.

Baseline Plan 1

Dining Funds: $200
Board Fee: $994
Total Cost: $1194

This plan is not recommended for first-year students
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Baseline Plan 2

Dining Funds: $300
Board Fee: $994
Total Cost: $1294

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Baseline Plan 3

Dining Funds: $400
Board Fee: $994
Total Cost: $1394

Students on average spend slightly over $400 in dining. This plan would approximately cover eating breakfast and lunch in the cafeterias during a semester with a few extra meals.
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Baseline Plan 4

Dining Funds: $500
Board Fee: $994
Total Cost: $1494

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Baseline Plan 5

Dining Funds: $600
Board Fee: $994
Total Cost: $1594

Plan 5 is recommended for first-year students until their dining habits are determined. Plan 5 would approximately cover all lunch and dinners in the cafeteria during a semester. It would also provide around half the breakfast meal periods in the cafeterias. On average, 10% of students eat breakfast making this plan a great starting option. Keep in mind, unused dining funds roll forward. 
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Baseline Plan 6

Dining Funds: $700
Board Fee: $994
Total Cost: $1694

Plan 6 approximately covers every meal offered in the cafeteria with extra funds for other dining operations.
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Students can also add supplementary funds to their Baseline Plus account. Baseline Plus is a linked account for food, laundry, vending and other campus purchases.

Dining Funds Calculator 

The calculator below will assist you in determining the best plan for you. Remember, the Baseline Plan provides the student flexibility with complete control of their dining funds. It can be used in all dining locations.

Meal Cafeteria Weekly Use Cafeteria Meal Cost Semester = Semester Cost
Breakfast __________ x  $1.50           x 15 weeks = _______
Lunch __________ x  $2.50 15 weeks = _______
Dinner __________ x  $2.70 15 weeks = _______
      Outside Cafeteria Meals + ______
      Total Dining Fund Estimate = ______

Where can you use your Baseline Plan?

You can use your Baseline Plan dining funds at any dining location on campus. You'll get the most from your Baseline Plan both financially and nutritionally by dining in the cafeterias. A student should take advantage of as many of these meals as possible to maximize the value of their Baseline Plan.

How are purchases made with the Baseline Plan?

Baseline Plan dining funds are available through your Stout BlueCard which is your on-campus debit card when purchasing food from any dining location. Your Baseline Plan account balance, both dining funds and Baseline Plus funds, will be displayed at the register each time a purchase is made. This allows you to easily track the number of funds left on your account.

With the Baseline Plan, your Stout BlueCard is your method of payment so you must always bring it with you when purchasing food. If your Stout BlueCard is not with you at the time of checkout alternative payment (cash, debit or credit card) will be required.

Baseline Plan Frequently Asked Questions

Students can also add supplementary funds to their Baseline Plus account. Baseline Plus is a linked account for food, laundry, and other campus purchases.

What Baseline Plan is best for me?

Consider how often you will eat in the cafeteria dining locations, and how often you may be eating outside the cafeterias at our retail locations.

Assessment of average use shows Baseline Plan holders spend a little over $400 dollars. Remember, dining funds roll over semester to semester, year to year, so there is no penalty in selecting a higher plan. 

We recommend first-year students choose Plan 5 until they learn their dining habits. 

Where you dine is the most important factor besides frequency of dining when you select a plan. Dining in Commons Cafeteria and North Point Cafeteria the majority of the time is the most economical use of the Baseline plan.

What if I have extra Baseline Plan funds?

Your unused Baseline Plan dining funds will continuously carry forward with you at Stout. These funds become Baseline Plus Funds at the end of each semester and are then usable at both dining and non-dining locations. If you choose to leave the University, you can take them with you. 

Can I treat guests in dining locations using my Baseline Pla

Yes! In the cafeterias, the guest's charge will be based on their Baseline Plan participation or non-participation. Your guest must possess and present a valid Stout BlueCard in order to verify plan participation. If your guest is not a Baseline Plan holder, their charge will be at the special guest price in the cafeteria.

What if I run low on Baseline dining funds?

If you run low on Baseline dining funds at any point in the semester, additional funds may be deposited through a variety of options.

Online Deposits

Online deposits can be made by the student or other individuals, such as parents, using a major debit/credit card (MasterCard, Visa, American Express & Discover).

Deposit Stations

 Deposit Stations are conveniently located in the following locations:

  • Robert S. Swanson Library and Learning Center
  • North Point Dining
  • Price Commons
  • Memorial Student Center

Deposit Stations only accept cash deposits in denominations of $1, $5, $10 or $20 bills. No change is given.

Campus Card Office

The Campus Card office accepts cash, check or debit/credit card deposits with a minimum deposit of $10.00. Deposits may also be charged to the Student University Fee Account in the Campus Card Office (subject to credit approval) with a minimum charge of $25.00.

What if I have dietary concerns?

Dining employs a registered dietitian to assist students with special dietary needs, nutrition information and food allergies. The dietitian can be reached at 715-232-3599 or can be e-mailed from the Nutrition page. This service is free to Baseline Plan participants.