Green Dollars and Golden Friends: Are you really paying for friendship?

Insight into the real financial obligations of being in a sorority

Don’t let anyone fool you – being in a sorority at the University of South Carolina is not cheap. By the time you graduate college, you could likely buy a small car with the money would have paid in dues, meal plans, special trips, t-shirts, and philanthropic donations. Yes, scholarship money is available sometimes, however it is very competitive to receive and normally driven by the acknowledgement of leadership superiority, severe financial need, or above and beyond acts of sisterhood. But do not let that discourage you- but make you ask better questions of potential organizations.

Just like you splurged on the perfect prom dress or the ultimate summer vacation – memories don’t often come cheap. Why not splurge to have the best four years of your life? Where USC offers many clubs and organizations to choose from, choosing to become a member of the Greek community is an honor and a lifestyle. You are not paying for your friends, rather you are not paying enough to have front-line access to the best people on campus. Individuals who will be by your side no matter what, those who will push you to become the leader you never knew was inside, and those who will offer you more shoulders that you will ever need when you can’t hold back tears.

On average, for the 2016-2017 school year, it cost just over $4000 to be a member of a housed, Panhellenic organization. However, for the moments where memories are priceless, you can count on a group of sisters surrounding you and being the highlight of many future stories you tell your children about college.

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Amanda Mcguire – Vice President of Administration – University of South Carolina College Panhellenic Association

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