Fraternity and Sorority Life Program Fee
Boise State University leadership approved a Fraternity and Sorority Life Program fee for implementation in fall 2019. The fee assists with efforts to meet the current needs of our growing fraternity and sorority community and continue to build a sustainable, value-added fraternity and sorority program at the university.
What is the fee?
Beginning in fall semester 2019, a supplemental program fee will be charged to all active fraternity and sorority members at a rate of $35.00 per student, per semester.
When will the fee be charged to students?
The fee will be charged twice a year, once in the fall semester and a second time in the spring semester. It will appear on your student financials account, accessed through your my.boisestate.edu dashboard, on the Saturday before classes begin.
How will the fee be collected?
You can pay your fee through your student financials account, accessed through your my.boisestate.edu dashboard. Chapters and councils will not be responsible for collecting the fee.
Who will be charged the fee?
The fee will be charged to any member with active status as determined by your chapter and as indicated on membership rosters on file with the Student Involvement and Leadership Center.
What about students with financial need?
In keeping with the university’s commitment to expand access to programs and services for students with financial need, students who are eligible for a Pell Grant (as indicated through FAFSA documentation) will receive an automatic exemption from the fee.
What about new members?
New members will not be charged the fee until their second semester as an active member of their chapter.
Why start a fee now?
Students in the fraternity and sorority community have consistently asked for additional support. However, budget dollars have strained to meet the needs of our fraternity and sorority community. The fee will enable the Student Involvement and Leadership Center the ability to establish a long-term funding model and sustainable budget for the Fraternity and Sorority Life program.
How much growth has there been?
Boise State’s fraternity and sorority community has grown significantly in a short number of years. In 2012, 325 students belonging to 12 chapters. Today, more than 1,700 students are members of 21 chapters. Membership in fraternities and sororities is anticipated to surpass 2,000 students soon and more chapters are expected to join the community in the future.
How will the fee be used?
Funds from the fee will be used to scale staffing, program assessment initiatives, and accountability mechanisms necessary to account for the more than 1,500% growth in fraternity and sorority participation over the last decade. Simply put, the fee will supplement the budget which is already provided by the Student Involvement and Leadership Center.
Is this common?
Yes, supplemental fees for fraternity and sorority programs are common on campuses across the country and have been used to exclusively fund Fraternity and Sorority Life departments for the past 25 years. The University of Idaho established a fee for their fraternity and sorority community in 2018 at a rate of $50.00 per student, per semester. Although there are more chapters at the University of Idaho, our community at Boise State has more members involved in fraternities and sororities overall. Other campuses across the country have fees that exceed $250.00 per student, per semester. We are committed to keeping Boise State’s fee as low as possible.
Are there other fees like this at Boise State?
Yes, this fee aligns with other similar supplemental program fees already in place at Boise State, such as the Honors College fee established in fall 2018 for all Honors students. Other supplemental fees include those living in Living Learning Programs and some academic experiences on campus.
Where can my voice be heard?
Regular feedback will be solicited from chapter and council leadership, chapter members, and advisors to guide the program planning process and annual budgeting of the fee. Additionally, direct opportunities to provide feedback and guidance include:
- A new Fraternity and Sorority Advisory Committee to convene annually and provide staff with guidance on gaps in training and development, emerging and changing needs in the community, and focus areas for the budgeting of the program fee.
- An annual survey of fraternity and sorority members to collect thoughts on their overall experience and specific year-to-year needs.
- Twice a year focus groups will give members a chance to engage staff in open discussion on their feelings, perceptions, and ideas for the community.
- The annual Kick-Off Meeting for council and chapter leaders will provide an open conversation opportunity with the Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, Dean of Students, and Director of the Student Involvement and Leadership Center.
- Executive Boards will continue to be invited to Beginning of the Year Meetings with the Associate Vice President for Student Affairs and Director of the Student Involvement and Leadership Center to share their perceptions and thoughts.