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 Fall 2017

Chapter

 

Housing

Dining

Dues

Social

Damage*

 

New Member Fee

Living in

Living out

Living in

Living out

Living in

Living out

   

Acacia

1072

3306

605

1578

900

752

752

756

 none

Alpha Delta Phi

700

4885

400-750

2200

1200

 700

 700

 700

 1000

Alpha Epsilon Pi

466

1000

 200

600

 450

 1250

 1050-1150

 See dues

 none

Alpha Gamma Rho

500

3009

 -  

1977

989

 250

 250

973

 200

Alpha Sigma Phi

950

2765 - 4450

60-750

2200

500-1850

1200

500

 25-278

 300

Alpha Zeta

275

2000 - 4000

 -

1700

 400

375

375

200

 300

Beta Theta Pi

724

2500 - 3900

 200

1000-1700

500

18-743

18-743

 See dues

 30 - 500

Chi Phi

190

3267 - 4900

600

1300-2400

1200

250

250

450-900

 250

Chi Psi

- 4450 350-600 2200 2200 340 150 660-1160 100-175

Delta Chi

505

4382-4946

550

1854

927

 700

700

28-109

750

Delta Phi

780

4230

390

2350

900

550

550

10-600

350-752

Delta Tau Delta

380

4208

908

1500

700

169

169

792 - 972

150 - 250

Delta Upsilon

780

3600

550

1800

1000

1100

1300

800

 500

Kappa Delta Rho

500

3060 - 3690

900

200 - 1000

200 - 1000

600 - 750

600 - 750

 100

500

Kappa Sigma

445

4455 - 4675

770

1250 - 2200

275 - 710

275

275

63 - 588

100 - 250

Lambda Chi Alpha

500

4000

350 - 750

1675

1675

250 - 1750

250 - 1750

 See dues

 500

Phi Delta Theta

430

3900

700

1950

750

 625

100

 350

 500

Phi Gamma Delta

1200

3850 - 4300

300

2075

1075

600

600

650

 -  

Phi Kappa Psi

500

3500 - 4900

250 - 400

1800

900 - 1000

 200

 200

 850

 250

Phi Kappa Tau

910

3100 - 3700

 200

2100

1250

 580

280

19 - 465

 350

Phi Sigma Kappa

567

2740

 200

1800

 600

600

600

600 - 755

300

Pi Delta Psi

250

3400 - 4000

350

-

-

500

500

-

100

Pi Kappa Alpha

346

4100 - 4375

550

1900

550 - 1150

395

395

510

0

Pi Kappa Phi

1006

3700 - 5000

200

1756

583

 617 - 750

 617 - 750

See dues

 1,000

Sigma Alpha Mu

475

2700 - 4250

325

2200

1700

1025

1025

 250

 -

Sigma Chi

600

4500

685

1915

1340

300

 300

653 - 941

87 - 1200

Sigma Nu

175

4720 - 6070

 300

2670

 1725 - 2470

320

320

 700

 500

Sigma Phi

1523

2873 - 4104

 563

2774

1867

 1379

 1379

 See dues

 1,000

Sigma Phi Epsilon

925

3625 - 4200

365

1325 - 1800

250

 925

 925

 See dues

 300

Sigma Pi

945

4496 - 5088

150

1545 - 2045

270

 425

 425

369 - 721

 100

Theta Delta Chi

575

3440 - 4090

375 - 1025

2000

250

 200

 200

 600

350

Zeta Beta Tau

464 3800 450 2050 450 - 900 400 400 900 500

Zeta Psi

1250

2750 - 4150

 300

2250

 100 - 1500

 See social

 See social

1100

 150 - 250

 

Sorority Billing Rates for Fall 2017

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

300

4298

250

2505

 -  

230

230

153

215

-

Alpha Epsilon Phi

366

5250

250

See housing

650 - 1300

355

115

240

 500

 200

Alpha Phi

286

3155 - 3855

350

1305

545

147 - 522

147 - 522

 -  

 250

 100

Alpha Xi Delta

290

3925

125 - 926

2450

213

 90 - 345

 90 - 345

 -  

 250

 -  

Delta Delta Delta

436

3000

 170

2300

122

505

125

See dues

350

See dues

Delta Gamma

248

1440

57

2410

55

246 - 396

246 - 396

600

 -  

 250

Kappa Alpha Theta

554

2700

 -

1600

116 - 750

554

554

 -

 540

 -

Kappa Delta

477

3402

225

2610

233 - 2610

292

292

130 - 305

 150

-

Kappa Kappa Gamma

257

3130

280

1550 - 2350

295

87 - 495

87 - 495

 -

 250

 75

Phi Mu

510

5348

-

See housing

 -  

655

655

See dues

250

-

Phi Sigma Sigma

355

3595 - 3935

125 - 465

2300

75

137 - 475

137 - 425

 -

 300

 -

Pi Beta Phi

270

4225

100

See housing

0 - 900

222

222

 175

-

55

Sigma Delta Tau

555

3295

265

2290

130

490

490

50

 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.