Frequently Asked Questions

OLLI Policies
Who attends OLLI courses?

OLLI is identified as a lifelong learning organization for adults 50 and over, whether you are working, retired, or semi-retired. However, there is no set age requirement and you are welcome to join at any age!

How many courses may I take per term?

You may take as many courses as you wish! An $85 per term fee covers up to six courses per term. Additional courses over the six are $10 each. Some courses may have an additional fee for special supplies or lab costs. These are identified in the course description.

Who teaches OLLI courses?

Course leaders are qualified members of OLLI, the university, and others who enjoy sharing their knowledge. OLLI is particularly proud of its volunteer teachers and speakers, many of whom are well-known experts in their fields.

What are Weekly Bonuses?

Generally free, weekly bonuses are classes, lectures, or special activities for OLLI members! Visit www.pcs.uah.edu/WeeklyBonus for details on upcoming activities.

Does OLLI provide scholarships?

OLLI may offer financial assistance for membership, tuition, and other expenses to persons 50 years of age and above who have an interest in the program and require financial assistance. Call 256.824.6183 for information.

What is the difference between the annual membership and course registration fees?

The $15 annual membership fee provides you all of the membership benefits listed on page 1. This is paid directly to the OLLI Volunteer-Support account, providing direct funds to support the activities of the various volunteer-led committees, which provide essential support and leadership to the organization. The $85 course registration fee is paid per term for enrollment in up to six courses (above six are $10 each). This fee is paid directly to UAH to help cover expenses incurred by the university in support of OLLI term courses, weekly bonuses and other general membership activities, discounts and services, facility costs, and administrative support. The university also receives interest from an Osher Foundation endowment that was awarded to the university in support of learning opportunities for older adults.

Why couldn't I get the course I wanted?

The maximum number of students per course is decided by the instructor or by room capacity. Students are enrolled in the order registrations are received. If your course is full, you can be placed on a wait-list and will be contacted if a seat becomes available. Notify our Registration Office if you want to drop a course to allow wait-listed registrants to attend.

Can I get a refund if I decide to withdraw from my courses?

Due to the low cost at which these courses are provided and the additional cost it would take to process refunds, no refund is given for those who wish to withdraw from classes.

Still have Questions?

Contact Maxine in the OLLI at UAH office, 256.824.6183 or Maxine.Doherty@uah.edu