Costs of Membership

Joining a fraternity or sorority comes with a financial commitment. Financial obligations differ among individual chapters, as well as whether you live in or out of a chapter house. 


Average dues for men are $367 per term on campus, as of Winter 2017. For women, the average dues are $350 per term on campus, as of Winter 2017. Additional new member dues, national dues and social dues may also be charged. When you participate in the recruitment process, make sure to ask about the exact financial obligations of membership for each organization.

Each chapter collects chapter dues from every member. Chapter dues go toward the programming and chapter operating expenses. Some organizations, particularly national organizations, also have a one-time initiation fee, plus termly or yearly national dues. Some chapters may also charge a parlor fee which is an additional fee for the members who do not live in the house but use the facilities regularly.

During recruitment, each student should ask about specific chapter fees. Fees vary from chapter to chapter and whether the member lives in the house. Dues range from $170 to over $600 per term depending upon the chapter. The chapter treasurer can give you specific information. Chapters may also charge social dues, this is not something that is charged through college billing. Each individual undergraduate treasurer can explain how their dues system works.

Chapter or “house” dues — programming and chapter operating expenses. Typically charged through college billing or the national HQ in the case of some sororities.

“Social” dues — for social events only. Social dues are not charged through college billing, they are charged separately to the member.

National dues — paid to the national HQ. May be included with chapter dues via college billing, or charged separately.


Rent in college-owned Greek houses is the same as current residence hall fees. The cost as of financial year 2017 is $2,962 per term. Rent in college-owned Greek Life apartments in Channing Cox is the same is other college-owned residence hall apartments, currently $2,962 per term as of financial year 2017.

Privately-owned Greek Life houses must charge a minimum of 85% of the Residence Hall room rent amount, and may charge more if they wish. The average rent as of financial year 2017 for a privately-owned Greek House is $2,703. There may also be extra fees for cable TV, single rooms, parking etc. as in any rental housing arrangement, along with security deposits in some cases. Rent must always be processed through college billing. Students residing in Greek chapters houses are required to purchase a meal plan.

Typically, students choose to live in a Greek chapter house in sophomore summer, for their senior year and for part of their junior year, space permitting. Officers (President, Vice President, House Manager and Treasurer) generally need to live on the premises.

Please discuss all fees and charges with the chapter treasurer or alumni/ae advisor before you make any decisions. For information on individual houses please see Chapters.

Fines and Damages

From time to time the chapter officers will fine a member. Examples of when fines will be charged are: if a member does not turn up for house clean-up day, if an item of furniture is damaged or a key is lost. All fines will be charged via DA$H, directly to the students administrative DA$H account. Fines will never be charged via college billing. Students are always notified in writing before the fine is charged.

Financial Aid

Students who receive financial aid are asked to meet with their Financial Aid Counselor to review their individual situation and options. Financial aid cannot be applied to any dues payments. If you are in need of house financial aid or scholarships to reduce your dues please speak to the chapter treasurer or chapter alumni/ae advisor to ask if they may provide any assistance, either full or partial.