Frequently Asked Questions

Membership into Phi Beta Sigma has its privileges! The Founders envisioned an organization built on principle and integrity and most of all Service. Through Brotherhood, Scholarship, and Service Phi Beta Sigma has impacted not only the local communities that we live in but also the world as a whole. Phi Beta Sigma has become a training ground of world, business and community leaders. Our success is based on the depth of commitment, vision, and confidence of our members. We therefore seek men who will promote and extend the policies and programs of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity. The Fraternity, in return, is a massive network through which individuals can grow and develop personally and professionally. Membership in Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Incorporated is generally classified as collegiate or alumni. General requirements for new members and FAQ are listed below.

Do I have to pledge to become a Sigma?

No, you don't not have to pledge to become a member of Phi Beta Sigma. In fact, pledging is against the anti-hazing policy of the fraternity.

What's the procedure for reactivation?

To be reinstated, a chapter has to be chosen by the brother in his area if he is not affiliated with one. Once the brother is directed to a contact person, he has to go to that chapter and have the chapter fill out a reinstatement form for him along with the PBS-1 and the associated fees to the national headquarters. If a brother is being reinstated he pays regular dues (no late fee) and a reinstatement fee. If the brother is outside of the 40-mile radius and wants to reactivate his membership, he can fill out such paperwork himself and mail it at the national headquarters with the associated fees

What is the procedure for chapter reactivation?

To reactivate a chapter, the chapter taxes and insurance must be paid in full along with any late fees or conclave absentee associated with the chapter.

What are the forms of payments that the headquarters accept?

The national headquarters only accepts payments in the form of a money order or certified check. No personal checks are accepted. We do accept credit/debit card payments, however a letter has to be faxed in or mailed with the information of the credit/debit card (which is wiped out after its use). The letter has to state that the brother is giving Phi Beta Sigma national headquarters the ok to charge his card for the dollar amount. It should be signed and dated accordingly.

Can a brother be financial in a chapter where the chapter has not paid its chapter taxes and insurance?

NO. In order to be financial in a chapter, the taxes and insurance for that chapter has to be paid in full and in good standing.

Will the chapter be able to conduct intake if state dues are not paid?

No. The chapter has to pay state dues for all financial brothers for the calendar year prior to conducting intake. The chapter has to be cleared before requesting and conducting intake.

Does a collegiate brother have to pay a transfer fee if he is transferring into another chapter?

No. If the brother is currently financial for the year, he does not have to pay transfer fee.

What is the calendar of operation for the headquarters in respect to dues?

The headquarters operate on the calendar year. If dues or new member fees are received before November 1st, they are accounted for that current calendar year unless stated in writing otherwise. On or after November 1st, dues or new membership fees are automatically placed for the upcoming year unless stated in writing otherwise by the submitting brother.

Is there a payment plan for the lifetime membership?

The lifetime membership can either be paid in full or it can be paid off during a 5-year period at the brother's schedule. If one so desires to go on the installment plan, to start the payment plan is 10% of the total amount. During this time, the brother is a subscribing life member and does not receive the benefit or any life member materials until the bill is paid in full.

What's the process to become a life member?

To become a lifetime member, the brother must have been financial for 10 consecutive years.

What are the fees for lifetime members?

There are now three levels of the lifetime membership. Gold at $1,200.00 Sapphire at $2,400.00 Platinum at $5,000.00