The financial obligations that accompany membership differ from chapter to chapter. Each organization is self-supporting, functioning from dues paid by its members. The first year of membership is generally higher due to one-time inter/national organization membership fees.
Depending on the organization that your student joins, dues and other fees can be used to cover expenses associated with membership, including room, board, operating expenses (e.g., gas, electricity, water, cable, cleaning supplies, etc.), socials, insurance, composite pictures, leadership programs, alumni functions, and new member recruitment.
Fraternity and sorority facilities offer a "home away from home." Living within a chapter facility has the ability to further student growth and development and provides much of the comfort and support of a family environment. The cost of room and board in fraternity and sorority facilities are competitive with, if not below, university rates. Each chapter will be able to provide your student with specific financial information during recruitment or whenever they happen to visit.