Understanding the FSL Programming Fee
Fraternity and Sorority Life (FSL) at the University of Iowa will be assessing a Programming Fee to individual members of all officially recognized Greek organizations on campus regardless of council affiliation. This fee will be charged to individual students’ UBill accounts based on sorority and fraternity membership.
The fee will supplement the funds that the University of Iowa already dedicates towards the members of sorority and fraternity life. FSL will be using these funds towards the following:
- Educational programs
- Leadership development opportunities
- Prevention and wellness programming
- Staff support from Fraternity and Sorority Life
Fee Requirement Understanding:
University of Iowa Fraternity and Sorority Life, Programming Fee Student Agreement
By joining a fraternity or sorority, you are acknowledging your understanding of and agreement to the following Terms and Conditions. Please read carefully.
Participation in a fraternity or sorority is optional and remains a choice of the student. As such, by agreeing to become or remain a member of a fraternity or sorority advised by Fraternity and Sorority Life, you agree to pay the programming fee assessed to all students with the amount dependent upon the council of which you are a member. The programming fee is assessed each semester and applied to your U-Bill. Please review the Billing Policies and Procedures from the University Billing Office to understand financial responsibilities and processes.
Fraternity & Sorority Life charges each member (student) a programming fee each semester. The programming fee for each member is dependent on which governing council the organization is apart of.
- Members of Interfraternity Council and Panhellenic Council chapters will be charged $50.00/semester.
- Members of Multicultural Greek Council and National Pan-Hellenic Council chapters will be charged $25.00/semester.
This fee is an expectation for all members since their organizations receive additional benefits and support from the university beyond other self-governing student organizations that have selective membership processes.
In the case where a student is incorrectly billed due to the fraternity or sorority organization failing to update its roster by the stated date, the student will be refunded and the organization will be charged (IFC/PHC- $50 per student; NPHC/MGC- $25 per student).
- During the Fall semester, the FSL Programming Fee will be billed to returning members on September 1st and to fall new members on November 15th.
- During the Spring semester, the FSL Programming Fee will be billed to returning members on February 1st, and to spring new members on April 15th.
In years prior, Fraternity and Sorority Life issued invoices to chapters and was reliant on timely payment of those dues to pay for advising support and assistance, as well as payment for leadership development programs, conferences and the annual Greek awards programming. By directly administering funds from Fraternity and Sorority Life to the U-Bill, we can ensure more timely payment of fees, and remove the need for FSL staff to create and manage payment of invoices. By directly paying for fees and administering funds from the Office of Sorority and Fraternity Life, the university will have much more oversight of these funds and where the money is spent. This will help ensure that funds are not abused. The office is committed to being transparent by tracking the use of these funds internally and sharing how these funds are spent annually with the campus and community stakeholders.
- FSL understands that there are situations where members are facing financial hardship or have other specific, extenuating circumstances or needs that may impact their ability to pay the Greek Fee. In these instances, members of the Sorority and Fraternity Community may submit a request for a FSL Programming Fee Waiver.
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Programming Fee Waiver Requests for the 2021-2022 academic year must be submitted by the following deadlines in order to be considered:
- October 1st – Fall Returning Members
- December 15th – Fall New Members
- March 1st – Spring Returning Members
- May 15th – Spring New Members
Fee waiver applicants will be notified via email after the committee has reviewed their application and reached a final decision. Please note that all fee waiver requests may not be granted.
At the end of the day on August 31st and November 14th (respectively) chapter rosters will be pulled from roster management system. This is the date when chapter roster adjustments/changes are due. Prior to the dates above, chapter leadership will need to send their council advisor a list of all members who are currently:
- Studying abroad
- On Co-op
At the end of the day on January 31st and April 14th (respectively) chapter rosters will be pulled from roster management system. This is the date when chapter roster adjustments/changes are due. Prior to the dates above, chapter leadership will need to send their council advisor a list of all members who are currently:
- Studying abroad
- On Co-op
- On the mornings of Sept. 1st & Nov. 15th (fall) and Feb. 1st & Apr 15th (spring), rosters will be sent to the billing office where student's UBills will be charged.
- Students should expect to see the charge on their account after roster submission deadline (deadlines listed above).
- Students will have 30 days after billing date to submit a fee waiver for the semester's charges.
- Reasons fee waiver would be approved:
- Student is studying abroad and chapter did not note that on their roster
- Student is on co-op and chapter did not note that on their roster
- Fee creates a financial hardship for the student
- Student will need to show proof that are unable to pay organization dues for the semester
- The student will need show proof they have not received a refund from the financial aid /billing office
- Student is no longer a member of the organization
- In a case where the chapter did not update their roster prior to the programming fee being assessed, the organization will be responsible for paying the fee to FSL.
- If a student is charged the programming fee, and they withdraw, due to the time at which the fee is assessed, the student is still responsible for that fee.
- FSL will receive fee disbursement from the University Billing Office.