Washington State University

Center for Fraternity and Sorority Life

    Financial Cost of Fraternity and Sorority Membership

     

    As you probably expected, becoming a member of a Greek organization involves a financial commitment. The Greek community at WSU understands that living expenses are a major concern to new students and parents, so chapters work hard to make the cost of joining a fraternity or sorority affordable. Living in a Greek chapter house and being a member is typically less expensive than living in the residence hall. However, new members can expect the first year to be more costly than others due to one-time fees associated with new membership and initiation.

    Feel free to ask questions during recruitment regarding your financial obligation to the chapter. This financial commitment is modest in comparison to the innumerable benefits you will receive as a member of a Greek organization. We encourage you to not think of it as an expense - think of it as an investment in your future. 

    The tables below represent figures calculated from information provided by chapters.

     

    Fraternity Costs

      Damage Deposit Fall Semester Room Cost Fall Semester Boarding Cost Spring Semester Room Cost Spring Semester Boarding Cost Annual Room & Board Cost One-Time New Member Cost Annual Initiated Member Cost Semester Live-Out Member Cost Additional Expenses for All Members Approximate Cost: Live-In Freshman
    Average 256.75   2,613.40   1,013.90   2,548.65  1,004.90   7,180.85   259.50   377.15   308.50   204.50   7,901.60 
    High 500.00   4,288.00   2,800.00   4,288.00  2,800.00   9,010.00   600.00   1,260.00   600.00   600.00   9,815.00 
    Low  505.00   505.00   2,400.00   0  0    0   0    2,850.00 
    Median 275.00   2,790.00   800.00  2,790.00   800.00   7,080.00   270.00   220.00   337.50   150.00   8,052.50 

     

     

    SororityCosts
       Damage Deposit Fall Semester Room Cost Fall Semester Board Cost Spring Semester Room Cost Spring Semester Board Cost Annual Room & Board Costs One-Time
    New
    Member
    Cost
    Annual Initiated Cost Semester Additional Expenses for All Members Approximate Cost: Live-Out Freshman Approximate Annual
    Live-In Cost
    Live-Out Cost
    Average 139.58 1,746.69  1,439.23 1,746.69 1,439.23 6,371.83  520.63 618.96 610.54 226.67 1,357.84 7,217.46
    High 600 2,565.80  2,125.00 2,565.80 2,125.00 7,600.00 1,652.00 1,627.00  1,215.50 500.00 2,577.00 8,437.50
    Low 0 870.00 554.20   870.00 554.20 5,050.00  165.00 82.00  225.00 70.00 810.00 5,619.00
    Median 87.50  1,742.25 1,666.00 1,742.25 1,666.00  6,282.00  424.00 503.25  662.50 200.00 1,222.15  7,315.50

     


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