Costs

Fraternities and sororities  are quite affordable, and fees go to services that will positively impact students by providing them with leadership skills, academic assistance and lifelong friendships. 

Each chapter is responsible for determining dues (used for the betterment of the chapter and the inter/national organization), as well as one-time new member and initiation fees.  If the chapter has a housing facility, there may be requirements to live in for some amount of time.  Rent in these facilities is comparable to, if not cheaper than, many other housing units. 

To assist members, chapters may offer various scholarships and grants and provide payment plans.  Students are encouraged to ask questions related to finances during the recruitment process and go over the costs associated with fraternities and sororities with their parents.

Each member has a financial obligation to his or her chapter. Below is a description of some of the obligations and how they are funded.

Bursar Billing

Cornell University offers all chapters the use of the university Bursar system. Some chapters choose not to use the Bursar system and bill through their national organization or an accounting firm.

A number of conditions must be met in order to use the Bursar system:

  • Bursar Assignment Agreement: The chapter must sign an agreement with the University stipulating the responsibilities of both parties in the relationship.
  • Bursar Release Form: Each student billed through the system must complete a release form that acknowledges that his/her chapter charges billed through the Bursar are subject to the same nonpayment consequences as other University charges.
  • Only full-time registered students can be billed through the system.
  • Use of the system can only be obtained by using one of two approved accounting firms in Ithaca: Student Management Corporation and Sciarabba Walker & Co. Chapters who reside in university-owned houses can work through the Fraternity & Sorority Life.
  • Only charges for housing, dining, social dues, member dues, and damage deposits may be applied to Bursar bills.

Meal Plan Billing

New fraternity and sorority members, who join IFC fraternities in the spring semester and the previous fall semester, on a Cornell Dining meal plan can reduce their plan to the smallest declining dollar plan (Bear Bucks). New members can trade down their meal plan in the spring semester but not after the deadline February 8, 2017.  PHC and MGLC don't have new members on their meal plan.

No meal plan cancellations are allowed.

If you want to modify your plan you must make that change online at dining.cornell.edu by 11:59pm, Wednesday, February 8, 2017.

It is not reasonable for anyone to pay for more than is convenient for them to consume. Total (CU Dining & Greek dining) meal plan charges must be considered. A person on CU Dining meal plan should be charged a lower “living out” meal plan rate at most.

Non-Resident House Charge (living out or parlor fee)

The budget process determines all the expenses associated with the operation of the facility and distributes them to the members as housing charges or rent. A good management principal is to pass a portion of the housing expenses on to all members, as opposed to just the members that live in. This principal, while not immediately intuitive, is rooted in the belief that a fair housing system receives support from all its members. Chapter houses have public and residential spaces. As a chapter house, the facility is the meeting place and hub for all the organization’s activities, and this benefits all members, regardless of whether they live in or not.

Billing a housing charge (some organizations refer to this as a parlor fee) to members that live out has a number of benefits:

  1. Appropriately distributes responsibility for the facility to all members
  2. Reduces the burden of the room rates paid by live-ins because their proportionate cost is reduced
  3. Improves prospects for house occupancy because the cost to live out is increased

F&S Housing Contract

This Fraternity/Sorority Residence Contract ("FSR Contract") is a legal agreement between the University and you, the student.

Rates

Our office provides transparency and clarity on fraternity and sorority bursar billing costs.  These are billing amounts only, for exact amounts or questions please contact the chapter president or treasurer. 

Fraternity Bursar Rates for Spring 2016

Chapter

 

Housing

Dining

Dues

Social

Damage*

 

New Member Fee

Living in

Living out

Living in

Living out

Living in

Living out

   

Acacia

-

3100

 400

1500

 800

 670

 670

 750

 none

Alpha Delta Phi

700

4650

 650

2200

 775

 700

 700

 700

 1000

Alpha Epsilon Pi

466

1000

 200

600

 450

 1250

 1050-1150

 See dues

 none

Alpha Gamma Rho

500

2828

 -  

1919

 960

 250

 250

 945

 200

Alpha Sigma Phi

950

3850

 60 -900

1955

 1630

 1125

 1125

 See dues

 300

Alpha Zeta

650

1900 - 4000

 -

1200 - 1600

 400

 450 - 650

 450 - 650

 90 - 100

 300

Beta Theta Pi

724

3900

 200

1500

 300

 400 - 725

 400 - 725

 See dues

 30 - 500

Chi Phi

190

4000

 400

2100

 1100

 200

 200

 800

 250

Delta Chi

505

3230 - 4590

 350 - 450

1854

 515 - 927

 700

 150

 40 - 100

 40 - 100

Delta Phi

780

4025

 360

2150

 825

 500 - 550

 500 - 550

 550

 350 - 400

Delta Tau Delta

380

3200 - 3800

 500

1600

 400 - 800

 160 - 390

 160 - 390

 900

 100

Delta Upsilon

725

3200

 150

1800

 400

 725 - 850

 725 -  850

 600

 500

Kappa Delta Rho

-

2700 - 3375

 450

600

 -

 1800 - 1250

 1800-2250

 See dues

 -

Kappa Sigma

445

4000 - 4200

 200

600 - 2150

 200 - 600

 250

 250

 350

 -

Lambda Chi Alpha

500

3750

 550

1625

 1625

 1100

 1100

 See dues

 500

Phi Delta Theta

430

3700 - 4210

 450

1950

 600

 625

 625

 350

 500

Phi Gamma Delta

1152

2700 - 4200

 300 - 450

1975

 300 - 975

 See social

 See social

 925

 -  

Phi Kappa Psi

500

3750 - 4150

 250

1800

 800

 200

 200

 850

 250

Phi Kappa Tau

910

3500 - 3700

 200

2100

 630 - 1250

 580

 580

 65 - 540

 350

Phi Sigma Kappa

550

2740

 200

1800

 600

 550 - 600

 550 - 600

 600

 300

Pi Delta Psi

-

3182-3432

 

350

 

 

 

 

 

Pi Kappa Alpha

655

3975 - 4075

 475

1900

 1150

 300

 300

 575

 300

Pi Kappa Phi

949

4293 - 5089

 556 - 786

1756

 583 - 630

 617 - 750

 617 - 750

 60

 1,000

Psi Upsilon

720

4000

 -

2100 - 2300

 1075 - 1275

 650 - 1300

 650- 1300

 675

 450

Seal and Serpent

900

2128 - 6150

 -

1410 - 1592

 320 - 850

 450

 450

 400

 -

Sigma Alpha Mu

1355

2750 - 4090

 300

2112

 1385

 1046

 1046

 250

 -

Sigma Chi

600

4245

 565

1850

 925

 300

 300

 650

 100

Sigma Nu

175

3435 - 4625

 300

1725 - 2470

 1725 - 2470

 260 - 320

 260 - 320

 700

 500

Sigma Phi

1523

4104

 563

2774

 2774

 1379

 1379

 See dues

 1,000

Sigma Phi Epsilon

925

3625 - 4200

 575

1800

 1375

 925

 925

 See dues

 300

Sigma Pi

945

4056 - 4989

 125

1875

 1375

 425

 425

 75 - 700

 100

Theta Delta Chi

575

3300 - 3450

 150 - 650

1900

 250 - 400

 200

 200

 600

 300

Zeta Psi

1250

2000 - 4150

 300

2250

 100 - 1500

 See social

 See social

 1250

 150 - 250

 

Sorority Billing Rates for Spring 2016

Chapter

New Member Fee

Housing

Dining

Dues

Social

Damage*

Activity Fee

   

Living   in

Living out

Living in

Living out

Living in

Living out

     

Alpha Chi Omega

354

3425

 50 - 265

1995

 -  

 102 - 255

 102 - 255

 -  

 250

 130

Alpha Epsilon Phi

366

2500

 200

2500

 -  

 100 - 355

 100 - 355

 100 - 235

 500

 200

Alpha Phi

286

3500

 160

1300

 375

 80 - 420

 80 - 420

 -  

 250

 100

Alpha Xi Delta

290

3900

 125 - 212

2350

 200

 90 - 345

 90 - 345

 -  

 250

 -  

Delta Delta Delta

436

2700

 170

2387

 122 - 2387

 133 - 485

 133 - 485

 -

 270

 -

Delta Gamma

248

1531

 15 - 354

1370

 50

 216 - 281

 216 - 281

 -  

 -  

 250

Kappa Alpha Theta

522

2700

 -

1550

 750

 522

 522

 -

 540

 -

Kappa Delta

267

3225

 122 - 300

2477

 233 - 2477

 125 - 292

 125 - 292

 -  

 150

 122 - 175

Kappa Kappa Gamma

257 - 1119

2960

 120 -140

2340

 2200

 100 - 320

 100 - 320

 -

 250

 75

Phi Mu

505

-

 75

-

 -  

 60 - 460

 60 - 460

 50

 -  

 50

Phi Sigma Sigma

320

5670

 125 - 450

-

 965

 450 - 810

 450 - 810

 -

 300

 -

Pi Beta Phi

270

2055

 100 - 325

2055

 -

 90 - 220

 90 - 220

 175

 500

 -  

Sigma Delta Tau

555

3155

 90 - 95

2290

 115

 145 - 475

 145 - 475

 -  

 400

 250

 

*Damage deposits are a one-time fee. Will be returned at the end of your stay.

†Activity fees are for the entire academic year.