Fraternity and sorority membership involves a financial cost. That cost varies widely by chapter, and students interested in pursuing membership should ask questions to clearly understand financial expectations. Additionally, some of our chapters have facilities that involve some kind of financial and housing obligation as well. Questions interested students might consider asking include:
- What is the per semester cost to be a member of this chapter?
- When are dues due to the organization?
- Does your chapter offer payment plans to pay dues in installments? Are scholarships available?
- What do dues cover? Should we expect any additional fees as part of membership?
- Does the chapter have a facility? If so, what is the live-in obligation? What are the costs associated with housing?
Chapters should be easily able to respond to questions regarding financial expectations. Most CSU fraternity and sorority chapters do not have facilities, but for those that do, costs are typically inclusive of all utilities, parking, and meals. This means that housing costs in fraternity/sorority housing are often lower than those associated with all costs of living on campus as well as in off campus housing.
The grid below provides additional financial information, including average and range of costs by council. Since financial obligations vary widely, if you wish to understand more about each governing council to better utilize the grid below, use the following links to determine in which council(s) you have interest:
- Interfraternity Council (IFC)
- Multicultural Greek Council (MGC)
- National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC)
- Panhellenic Council (PHA)
- Professional Fraternity Council (PFC)
The financial information presented here is from fall 2019, the last full semester fraternity and sorority operations were in person. While this information might be adjusted for fall 2021, these numbers more adequately represent chapter costs than figures from the 2020-2021 academic year due to the largely virtual nature of operations during that timeframe. The most updated financial information will always be provided directly by individual chapters.
Dues Cost Range (semester) – New Member
Dues Cost Range (semester) – Active Member
Average Dues Cost (semester) – New Member
Average Dues Cost (semester) – Active Member
Semester Housing Cost Range
Semester Housing Cost Average
$200 – $850
$300 – $780
Roughly five IFC chapters report that there are additional fees connected to non-mandatory events, a one-time activation fee, etc.
$1800 – $4200
One MGC chapter reports there may be additional costs connected to apparel and transportation.
$50 – $300
NPHC chapters report additional costs connected to attendance at conferences and potential participation in certain activities (like step shows).
$170 – $495 (associate); $640 – $1589 (NPC)
$22.52 – $415 (associate); $300 – $1339 (NPC)
$315.63 (associate); $994.56 (NPC)
$328.13 (associate); $727.67 (NPC)
Roughly three PHA chapters report that there are additional fees connected to ordering badges or covering additional social events, but in small amounts. Dues costs listed cover “out of house” or “parlor” fees for any members not living in the facility. These additional amounts (for housed chapters) can add $350-800 to chapter dues and should be discussed with chapters.
$3740 – $4575
$80 – $250
$40 – $300