FAQs

Whether you are a collegian, an alumna, a parent or a prospective member, we hope this section will answer your questions regarding Alpha Epsilon Phi Sorority and Foundation.  If you don’t find your answer here, please contact the National Office.

Collegiate FAQs

Does AEPhi offer scholarships?

The Alpha Epsilon Phi Foundation awards academic scholarships each year for both undergraduates and graduate students.  Preference for undergraduate scholarships is given to juniors, seniors and graduate applicants must be entering at least the second year of their graduate studies. Applications are available online in January; the application deadline is April 1st.

I am uncomfortable with some of the activities I’m being asked to do as a new member? What should I do?

First, talk to the chapter new member educator and/or chapter president and explain your concerns. If immediate changes are not made to the new member program, please call the AEPhi National Office.  Or to report hazing anonymously, call the toll-free anti-hazing hotline at (888) NOT-HAZE or (888) 668-4293. All calls will be held in the strictest confidence – and all allegations of hazing carefully investigated; chapters face severe penalties if reported incidents are confirmed.

AEPhi – like all National Panhellenic Conference sororities – does not tolerate hazing. Hazing is a violation of university policy and is prohibited in most states as well. Unfortunately hazing is a societal problem and is often confused with tradition on many college campuses.

I’m struggling to pay my sorority dues – what can I do?

Talk to the chapter vice president-finance immediately and ask if a payment plan can be arranged. Often, payments can be spread out over an entire year, not just the school year.

Am I required to live in the sorority house?

All house-operating chapters have live-in requirements, usually two years – and yes, those requirements must be met by members in good standing – with rare exception. If the house is filled to capacity, often chapters will allow women to live out but that is entirely at the discretion of the house corporation. Calculate the cost of room and board in off campus housing and you’ll appreciate the cost and convenience of living in an AEPhi house!

I will be a senior next year and don’t see the advantages of remaining a dues-paying member. Can I just become an alumna?

No, AEPhi is not just a three or four year experience; it’s for a lifetime. When you pledged you committed to remaining a member throughout your college career. Maintaining an AEPhi membership during your senior year offers certain perks, including, but not limited to: participation in all AEPhi chapter activities and social events like formal and senior farewell, meals, if a member of a house operating chapter, eligibility for AEPhi Foundation graduate scholarships, legacy privileges and more! Remain a dues-paying AEPhi through your graduation and you’ll become an AEPhi alumna with numerous opportunities for involvement on the national level

Alumnae FAQs

How can I stay involved in AEPhi after I graduate?

Volunteer – opportunities are listed in every issue of Columns and on the AEPhi website

Join an Alumnae Group – check our list of alumnae groups to see if there’s one in your city.  No group in your area? Contact us about starting one!

Become a Foundation donor – and help provide AEPhi scholarships and collegian leadership training

Where do I send legacy information or a recruitment recommendation?

Because campuses conduct recruitment at different times of the year, the National Office collects this information and passes it along to the collegiate chapter at recruitment time.  Complete a Legacy Introduction Form; include your name, chapter, the legacy’s name, her relationship to you and, of course, the school she will be attending, and email or mail the form back to the National Office.

Who is considered a legacy?

Legacies include sisters, daughters and granddaughters – as well as stepsisters, stepdaughters and step-granddaughters. To inform a chapter of a legacy, download the Legacy Introduction Form and return it to the National Office. Recruitment recommendations for women who are not legacies can also be submitted via a letter or email; please include your name and chapter as well as the potential new member’s name and school she will be attending and why you are making the recommendation.

How do I apply for a scholarship?

The Alpha Epsilon Phi Foundation awards scholarships each year for both undergraduates and graduate students.  Preference for undergraduate scholarships is given to juniors, seniors and graduate applicants must be entering at least the second year of their graduate studies. Applications are available online in January; the application deadline is April 1st.

I don’t receive Columns any longer – how can I get back on the circulation list?

Alumnae receive a one-year complimentary subscription following graduation. Subscriptions are available for only $5 per year; send a check along with your mailing address to the National Office. Foundation Annual Fund donors also receive a subscription; give now and get on the Columns mailing list.

Why don’t I receive communication from AEPhi any more?

Be sure to keep both your address and email address up to date with the National Office so you continue to hear the latest AEPhi news! Update your information now!

Foundation FAQs

What is the Alpha Epsilon Phi Foundation? 

The Alpha Epsilon Phi Foundation is a New York corporation operated for charitable and educational purposes.  Its primary purposes are to promote and support the educational and philanthropic aims of the sorority and its members. 

When was the Foundation started? 

The Alpha Epsilon Phi Foundation was created in 1959 and was the first NPC sorority foundation.

Who oversees the Foundation? 

An independent Board of Trustees, all of whom are APEhis, has the responsibility of managing the affairs of the Foundation.

Are gifts to the Foundation tax-deductible?  

Yes.  The Foundation is tax exempt under the Internal Revenue Code section 501(C)(3).

What are the major endeavors of the Foundation at the present time?

  • Providing scholarships to undergraduate and graduate members
  • Underwriting of programs that support the educational aims of the sorority for both collegians and alumnae
  • Developing campaigns to promote meaningful, lifelong relationships between alumnae and Foundation
  • Funding educational programming at Conventions and Summer Leadership Seminars
  • Increasing the assets of the Foundation in order to help fund more educational programs, scholarships, collegiate, alumnae and staff training

May I designate how my gift will be used? 

Yes, your gift may be specified for scholarships, leadership training, and educational programming or as an unrestricted gift.  Unrestricted gifts are the most effective way to support the work of the Foundation.

May gifts be given in honor or memory of someone? 

Yes.  Recognition gifts honor special friends, new members, new initiates, new arrivals to the family, lifecycle events, graduations, birthdays, thank yous, etc.  A card is sent to the designated honoree(s).  Memorial gifts are a loving tribute and are deeply appreciated by families of the individual being remembered.  The family of the honoree will be notified with a card, as well.  All gifts of this nature are also acknowledged in the Foundation section of Columns.

May I make a provision in my will to leave a gift to Foundation? 

Foundation’s Legacy Society has been formed to recognize this type of estate planning.  Further information is available from the Foundation Development Director.

May I give something other than a cash gift now? 

Yes.  Stocks, bonds, securities, property, insurance policies and gifts of this sort may also be given as donations to the Foundation.

May I endow a scholarship through Foundation? 

Yes.  Perpetual scholarships can be established in your name, or in the name of any AEPhi you designate.  You may establish specific criteria for the award or leave it to the discretion of the Trustees.  Contact the Foundation Director of Development for more information.

Does the Foundation qualify for matching funds from participating companies? 

Yes.  Companies with a matching gift program may send a contribution to the foundation.  Some companies specify for which type of organizations they will match funds, please obtain the appropriate forms from their employer and follow the procedure listed.

Parent FAQs

Why should my daughter join a sorority?

The sorority experience is unique and enriches college life. Sorority membership offers young women numerous opportunities for leadership development and community involvement as well as personal and professional growth and an academic support network.

While sororities are considered social organizations, AEPhi champions scholarship and encourages its members to excel in academics. Most importantly AEPhi provides a “family” away from home – and fosters lifelong friendships between women.

What about academics? Will AEPhi interfere with my daughter’s education?

Academic excellence is one of AEPhi’s core values. We strive for academic excellence for our members and expect chapters to put academics before sorority events and sisterhood activities. Members are encouraged to balance schoolwork and social activities. Many chapters hold regular study sessions and maintain a study guide library to help members get through tough courses or labs; some chapters offer a peer-tutoring program as well.

More than half of AEPhi chapters have the highest combined GPA of all the sororities on their campuses; in fact, many even exceed the all-women’s average or the all-campus average!

I’m concerned about the cost – where does my money go?

Chapter fees cover the cost of chapter activities and programs. Membership fees cover the operational costs of the national organization and local chapter. National dues fund support provided by the national organization including visits from national representatives, educational programs and seminars, Summer Leadership and National Convention and resource materials, including chapter officer manuals and educational videos and speakers.  Additional fees cover AEPhi’s magazine, Columns and insurance coverage for the chapter, officers and volunteers.

Does AEPhi offer scholarships?

The Alpha Epsilon Phi Foundation awards academic scholarships each year for both undergraduates and graduate students.  Preference for undergraduate scholarships is given to juniors, seniors and graduate applicants must be entering at least the second year of their graduate studies. Applications are available on-line in January; the application deadline is April 1st.

Is there adult supervision in the sorority house?

All AEPhi houses are operated by independent house corporations and employ a full-time live-in adult supervisor. This “housemother” oversees all house operations – including maintenance, rules/regulations for residents and visitors and hiring of additional staff (housekeepers, cooks, etc.). The housemother also acts as a resource for the women living in the house.

What does AEPhi do to prevent hazing?

AEPhi – like all National Panhellenic Conference sororities – does not tolerate hazing. Hazing is a violation of university policy and is prohibited in most states, as well. Unfortunately hazing is a societal problem and is often confused with tradition on many college campuses. All allegations of hazing are thoroughly investigated and chapters face severe penalties if reported incidents are confirmed. Parents and new members are encouraged to call the AEPhi National Office at (203)748-0029 to report any suspected hazing violations. Or to report hazing anonymously, call the toll-free anti-hazing hotline at (888) NOT-HAZE or (888) 668-4293.

If I have a concern with a chapter policy or issue, should I call the National Office to resolve it?

First bring your concerns to the chapter president and/or advisor to see if the problem can be rectified on the chapter level. If it cannot be resolved, please call the National Office for further assistance.

My daughter is a senior and no longer living in the house – why is she expected to pay dues?

Membership in AEPhi lasts a lifetime – not just two or three years in college. As a senior, your daughter is entitled to participate in all chapter social events and as per the individual chapter’s policy, invited to eat meals in the house, if applicable. Out-of-house dues do not even begin to cover the benefits of membership. Maintaining that membership all four years guarantees that your daughter graduates as an alumna and will continue to be eligible for graduate scholarships, volunteer opportunities and legacy privileges – for a lifetime.

Why is my daughter expected to be back at school for recruitment when classes don’t even begin for over a week?

Many campuses hold sorority recruitment before classes begin – either in the fall or prior to winter semester – so the process will not interfere with the academic calendar. Because recruitment requires a lot of planning and preparation, often the chapter will expect all women back for a “work week” before recruitment even begins. 

Prospective Member FAQs

Why should I join AEPhi?

Sorority enhances college life.  Membership in Alpha Epsilon Phi opens to doors to leadership development and community involvement, social interaction, academic support and most importantly, a “family” away from home.

Does AEPhi offer scholarships?

The Alpha Epsilon Phi Foundation awards academic scholarships each year for both undergraduates and graduate students.  Preference for undergraduate scholarships is given to juniors, seniors and graduate applicants must be entering at least the second year of their graduate studies.  Applications are available on-line in January; application deadline is April 1st.

Does AEPhi haze?

AEPhi – like all National Panhellenic Conference sororities – does not tolerate hazing.  Hazing is a violation of university policy and is prohibited in many states as well.  Unfortunately hazing is a societal problem and is often confused with tradition on many college campuses.  Alpha Epsilon Phi participates in an anti-hazing hotline (888-NOT-HAZE or 888-668-4293), and all allegations of hazing are carefully investigated.  Chapters face severe penalties if reported incidents are confirmed.

I’m a legacy so does that mean I will automatically become an AEPhi?

Legacies are given careful consideration because of their familial ties to AEPhi but are not guaranteed a bid to an AEPhi chapter.

I’m not sure if I can afford a sorority – what does it cost to join?

Cost varies from chapter to chapter. Some chapters are house-operating which means members are expected to live in for one to two years of their college career; others operate without housing. First year membership includes all new member and initiation fees therefore more costly than future years. During recruitment, chapters will provide a full breakdown of costs. Often, payment plans can be arranged.

Do you have to be Jewish to pledge AEPhi?

AEPhi is a Jewish sorority but not a religious organization.  Membership is open to all college women, regardless of religion, who honor, respect and appreciate our Jewish founding and are comfortable in a culturally Jewish environment.

I’m not sure I want to pledge a sorority right away. Can I pledge later in the year or when I’m a sophomore?

You can certainly delay going through the recruitment process but bear in mind different campuses follow different schedules. Some hold recruitment prior to the first day of school in the fall; others schedule recruitment second semester or early spring. Depending upon the campus numbers, chapters may achieve quota (the number of women they are allowed to pledge) for the year during their official recruitment period. Yet others will be able to continue to recruitment members for several weeks. Check with the Panhellenic on your campus to help guide your decision.