Sigma Chi at Iowa State University

Estimated Cost of Joining Sigma Chi


2017-2018 Room and Board $4,500 per semester 
Security Deposit $350, due at time of move-in
Sigma Chi Membership Fee $500, per semester (paid by all in house and out of house members & pledges)
Sigma Chi Pledge Fee  $100, due at Formal Pledging (one time fee)
Sigma Chi Initiation Fee $200, due at Initiation (one time fee)

Sigma Chi Fraternity Dues 

$200, due at Initiation (one time fee)


What is a Pledge Fee?

The pledge fee is a one-time charge, assessed to the chapter, upon pledging the Fraternity. This covers the cost of the pledge manual (The Norman Shield), pledge pin and other resoucres provided to the chapter for pledge education.

What is the Initiation Fee?

The initiation fee is a one-time charge, assessed to the chapter, upon initiation into the Fraternity. This covers the cost of the membership certificate, badge and subscription to The Magazine of Sigma Chi, during your time as an undergradute.  

What is the Sigma Chi Fraternity Dues?

The Membership Dues is a one time charge assessed to the chapter by Sigma Chi Fraternity Headquarters on bahalf of every undergraduate member when they are initiated into Sigma Chi to fund leadership programs, chapter support, alumni services and the day-to-day operations of the Sigma Chi International Headquarters.  

What are Membership Fee?

This fee is charged each semester while enrolled at Iowa State by all in-house and out-of-house members and pledges of the Fraternity.  It covers social activies, composite fees, liability insurance, and campus activities such as Homecomming, Greek Week, Recruitment as well as other operational expenses of the Fraternity un-related to the physical Chapter House such as University fees, leadership programs, etc. 

All individuals moving into the Chapter House must sign an Undergraduate Commitment Agreement at move-in and an annual Room & Board Contract at the start of each academic year. 

We’ve found that the Commitment Agreement and R&B Contract result in several benefits:

  • They help preserve the house by preventing damage. Brothers assume responsibility for any damage they may create.
  • They help assure sufficient numbers of brothers are living in the house, versus opting for an apartment, thus helping the Chapter to meet financial obligations associated with owning and operating the property.
  • When a higher percentage of the active members live in the house, camaraderie, activity levels, personal interactions, morale, and the bonds of brotherhood are all positively and dramatically influenced, thus enhancing the college and fraternity experience.