How much it actually costs per meal at Clemson University:
Unlimited meal plan cost with 300 paw points: $2,030
Number of meals eaten in a day: 4 meals (counting snack)
Number of meals a week: 28 meals
Number of meals in an 8 week semester: 224
2,030-300=1,730 ( only focusing on dining hall)
It costs approximately $7.72 for every single meal that a student walks away with at a dining hall. That means that if you only grab a banana for breakfast, it's costing the student $8 for just a banana. That’s ridiculous.
The above calculations show what a typical freshman student at Clemson University would pay for their meals, clearly showing how overpriced everything is. In addition, this takes into account having approximately four meals a day, however many students find themselves only going to the dining halls approximately once or twice a day, thus increasing the price of each meal extremely. Based on the quality of the meals provided to students, the price of the meals is outrageous. This is why many upperclassman find themselves avoiding meals plans altogether and cooking at their apartments. But isn’t it a campus’ job to provide good food for their students? The upperclassman are practically forced to make their own meals since it is cheaper, or are even forced to buy the fast food provided around campus (which isn’t very healthy). As it is college students are broke, but it shouldn’t be the meal plans that dig their grave.