On Campus Dining 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 four options and students are free to choose from the one that best fits their needs.

Understanding Baseline Plan Cost

There are two parts to the Baseline Plan: Dining Funds and Board Fee

Dining Funds
The Dining Funds are the funds deposited onto your Stout BlueCard. Baseline Dining funds are accepted at all dining locations; however, you will get the most value from your plan by dining at Commons Cafeteria or North Point Cafeteria. In these locations you will pay only Baseline cafeteria prices and receive one entrée, unlimited sides, salad bar, beverages, and desserts per visit.


Baseline Cafeteria Prices








Board Fee
The Board Fee is a fee paid each semester by all students on the Baseline Plan. 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.

Anticipated 2019-2020 Rates, subject to Board of Regents approval


Board Fee

Dining Funds

Total Costs


*per semester

Plan 1


+ $230 =


Plan 2


+ $300 =


Plan 3


+ $370 =


Plan 4


+ $440 =


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 amount 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 time of checkout alternative payment (cash, debit or credit card) will be required.

Baseline Plan Frequently Asked Questions

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 around $400 dollars. This amount rests between plans 3 and 4. 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 4 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.