Greek Membership-Related Finances

Below is a breakdown of the financial obligations of being part of a fraternity or sorority here at Penn.
You can click on any of the headings in the left-hand column to learn more about those individual costs.

For information about available scholarships, click here.


IGC

IFC

PHC

Program Fee**
Spring Initiates Only
Fall Initiates & Members

$45.50
$91.00 / year

$45.50
$91.00 / year

$45.50
$91.00 / year
Chapter Dues
New Members Only
Current Members

TBA
TBA

$325 - 1200 / semester
$200 - 1000 / semester

$575 - $931 / semester
$250 - $709 / semester
Council Dues$10.00 / year$5.00 / yearIncluded in Chapter Dues
Out-of-House Member Fee**n/a$294 - $550 / semester$175 - $350 / semester
Chapter Housing Costs**
Semesterly Rent Rates
Security Deposit


n/a
n/a


$3,466 - $4,672
$250 - $600

$3,588 - $4,336
$300 - $500

NOTE: Only fees marked with asterisks (**) are charged by the University and appear on a student's bill. All other fees and dues are handled by a member's respective chapter or council.



Program Fee

What is it?

The program fee is an annual fee assessed to the student bursar bills of all new and current members of a fraternity or sorority. It supports programming, leadership opportunities, and resources for the entire Greek community at Penn. The amount of the program fee is determined by the Fraternity/Sorority Advisory Board (FSAB) every few years, and is currently set at $91.00. For new members initiated mid-semester, the first program fee is pro-rata charge of $45.50, and new members initiated at the end of a semester are exempt until the next full billing cycle. It is labeled by the detail code R526 ("Program Fee-Frat/Sorority") on a student's bill.

When can I expect it to appear on my bill?

If you're a new member of a fraternity or sorority, you can look out for the pro-rata charge a few weeks after your initiation. We need that time to verify the updated chapter rosters and carefully enter new individuals into the system. If you're already a member, the program fee is typically charged at the end of June for the upcoming academic year.

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Chapter Dues

What are chapter dues?

Chapter dues are charged to individual members of the chapter. Their amounts vary from chapter to chapter, since they are decided based on the individual chapter expenses and respective national organizations fees. Chapter officers collect these payments either in an online billing system or via deposits into the chapter bank account, from which the chapter pays expenses and individuals' fees to the fraternity or sorority's (inter)national organization.

When can I expect it to appear on my bill?

Chapter dues will not appear on student bills, since these are charged directly by the chapter/organization, and not by OFSL or the University of Pennsylvania. Students or families with specific questions about chapter dues should reach out to the Chapter President, Treasurer, or other chapter officer.

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Council Dues

What are council dues?

Council dues are payments made to support Council-sponsored activities and operations. Like chapter dues, these transactions are handled directly by the council, and not charged to student accounts by OFSL or the University of Pennsylvania. The way that the dues are charged will vary depending on the council, so students or families with specific questions should reach out to their council leadership.

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Out-of-House Member Fee

What is it?

Chapters that currently occupy a University-owned chapter house include an Out-of-House Member Fee for non-residents. Because all members, and not just residents, frequently use the house for studying and socializing, this fee helps support the chapter maintenance, operations, and insurance. It is evenly distributed across all non-residents of the chapter, and is assessed to the student bills on a semesterly basis. Non-resident members of the chapter who are studying abroad are exempt from the Out-of-House Member Fee for any semester that they are abroad.

Which chapters have an Out-of-House Member Fee?

Only fraternities and sororities with an officially-recognized, University-owned chapter house.
This includes:

Alpha Delta Pi (ADP) Phi Kappa Psi (FKY)
Alpha Tau Omega (ATW) Pi Kappa Alpha (PKA)
Beta Theta Pi (BQP) Psi Upsilon (YU)
Chi Omega (CW) Sigma Alpha Epsilon (SAE)
Delta Kappa Epsilon (DKE) Sigma Alpha Mu (SAM)
Delta Phi (DF) Sigma Chi (SC)
Kappa Alpha (KA) Sigma Delta Tau (SDT)
Kappa Alpha Theta (KAQ) Sigma Kappa (SK)
Kappa Sigma (KS) Sigma Phi Epsilon (SFE)
Lambda Chi Alpha (LCA) Tau Epsilon Phi (TEF)
Phi Delta Theta (FDQ) Zeta Beta Tau (ZBT)
Phi Gamma Delta (FIJI) Zeta Psi (ZY)

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Chapter Housing Costs

How is chapter house rent assessed?

Chapter house rent is charged to all University-owned chapter house residents on a semesterly basis, and is calculated for each fiscal year by a combination of the base rent charge, the tenant services cost (maintenance and operation of the facility), and insurance. Each chapter house will have differing room sizes, occupancy numbers, insurance rates, and operational costs, so rent rates will vary between chapters and rooms. The range listed in the table above, representing the lowest and highest rent rates in the OFSL chapter housing portfolio, is designed to provide you with a general guide of how much you can expect for your individual rent rate.

What is the damage security deposit? Is it refunded at the end of the year?

Damage security deposits are billed to the student accounts for all residents who live in a University-owned chapter house (with the exception of a few houses), and covers any potential damages incurred during the semester or year. It is charged in June prior to move-in, and, if applicable, is refunded to the student in June following move-out.

The deposit refunds are assessed as follows: After move-out inspections have been completed, Campus Apartments submits a summary to OFSL of chapter house damage costs for all bedrooms and common areas. Individual room charges are assessed to the individual resident(s) of the room, followed by common area damage charges, which are divided evenly among all residents of the chapter house. Those two amounts are subtracted from the original damage security deposit, and the remainder is refunded to the students in the end of June.

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Billing questions or issues?

Please contact Jo Ann Nasino, our Greek Finance Specialist, at jonasino@upenn.edu.
Be sure to include the following in your message:

  • Your name and 8-digit Penn ID number
  • Your fraternity/sorority chapter of membership (current or former)
  • The amount of the charge(s)
  • Whether or not you currently live in the chapter house for your organization (if applicable)
  • For non-members only, whether or not you have ever attended a fraternity or sorority recruitment event or process