Housing and Fees

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    Do sororities provide housing?
    All of the NPC general sororities operate chapter houses adjacent to UCLA on Hilgard Avenue which provide the opportunity for small group living.  Since the membership recruitment process occurs during the fall quarter, new students should secure their own housing for the fall quarter.  Typically, 1st years live on-campus in residence halls or apartments, and many then move into sorority houses during their 2nd and 3rd years (residence hall contracts are on an annual basis).


    Must I live in the chapter house if I wish to join a Panhellenic sorority?
    Almost half of the members of residential Greek organizations live in the chapter houses in any given quarter, although most members do live in the chapter house for part of their tenure at UCLA.

    • IT IS THE EXPECTATION that anyone joining a Panhellenic sorority at UCLA reside in the chapter house for a minimum of one year.  However, each chapter has specific requirements.  Make sure to ask.

    Can students use financial aid to pay sorority housing?

    Yes, however you have to indicate that you are living off campus in order to use financial aid for sorority housing.



     

     

     What if I am a transfer student?
    Transfer students should expect to live in the chapter house during their senior year at UCLA.  If you have not solidified your living arrangements with the Office of Residential Life, and still need a place to live, see below for more information on available housing for women.  The Sorority Boarding Houses rent quarterly.  Due to the amount of women studying abroad, there is a possibility that spaces may become available in the chapter houses during either the winter or spring quarters.  It is not possible to live in the house without being a member.

     

     


     

     Click here for more information on Transfer Housing on Hilgard Avenue

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    How Much Does It All Cost?

    It is important for students and parents to be as informed as possible about the costs associated with obtaining a college education. Understanding the financial obligations associated with sorority membership is equally important. During formal recruitment, a potential member should ask sorority members about financial obligations and payment options. Each sorority sets its own fees, housing costs and payment schedules.

     

    Here is an estimated average of sorority costs:

    ~ Pledge fee

    ~ Initiation fee

    ~ National dues

    ~ Quarterly dues

    ~ Housing Fee

    ~ Possible additional costs per quarter

     

    • Average Cost of New Member Quarter: $ 1,400.00
    • Average Cost per Quarter for Out of House Initiated Member: $915.00
    • Average Cost per Quarter for Live-in Initiated Member: $3,150.00
    • Average Cost to Live in UCLA Residence Hall per quarter: $4,968.00
      • Includes room and board

     

    Please remember that a sorority’s actual cost will vary from the above numbers and are within 15% of these estimates. Also, please be aware that each of our sororities offers payment plan options.

     

    What do I do if I need to spread out my payments?

    This is a concern for many sorority women and most chapters are prepared for it!  Most sororities on the UCLA campus will work with you to create a financial plan that meets your individual needs, whether you need to pay by month or in installments.  There are NO payment plans for new member dues.  Finances will be discussed at the first meeting and chapters encourage new members to start making payments throughout the 6-8 short week new member period.  However, once you become an initiated member each chapter has different options for payment plans.  Many organizations offer scholarships and awards for academic excellence and strong leadership in the chapter, while also taking into consideration financial need. If you do the research there are thousands of scholarships that are available!!

     

    Why are some sororites more expensive than others?

    Chapter dues vary widely because of differences in meal plans, the size of the chapter structure itself, as well as whether or not social functions and programming fees are included.

     

    It seems like a lot to join a sorority! Where exactly is my money going?

    It varies from chapter to chapter-- here are the most common places your money goes:

    • Meals
    • Staff salaries (cooks, housekeeping etc.)
    • Chapter house maintenance (grounds-keeping, improvements and remondeling)
    • Social events and party favors
    • International and local dues
    • Educational programming 

     

    What is the difference between Chapter Dues and Housing Corporation Dues?

     ~ Chapter and New Member dues finance sisterhood events, philanthropy events, recruitment, socials, academic resources and Greek-wide events. 

     ~ Housing Corporation dues finance housing maintenance and food. 

     

    What is the time commitment and can I have a job?

    A popular but important question to ask during the recruitment process – the time commitment varies based upon the expectations of each organization. The amount of time a member wants to commit to the chapter is also a testament to how much the member wants to get out or contribute to the chapter. Many chapters would minimally expect members to be present for a weekly chapter meeting and a weekly chapter event (brotherhood/sisterhood, dinner, fundraiser, educational speaker, etc.), so five to ten hours a week.

     

    Many of the UCLA Panhellenic women fit jobs and or internships into their sorority schedule.  Each chapter will work with individual members to ensure the sorority experience is positive.