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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate in the OLLI program?
Membership is open to anyone over the age of 50. We have no restrictions based on educational background.

How much do courses cost?

$80 for three courses in a specific term with $10 for each additional course.

How much do “special class offerings” cost?
Special classes vary depending on the number of sessions and number of students accepted in the class. Basically, we determine how much each session cost OLLI and charge accordingly.

Is there financial assistance available?                                                                                                                                      
Yes, there are need-based scholarships available. Scholarships can be awarded for one term per year, per applicant. Contact Norma at for more information.

How do I register for courses and special events?  
We have created a tutorial with instructions to help navigate the registration process.

How do I retrieve my user name and password to register online if I've forgotten that information?                          Please view the attached instructions on retrieving your account username and password information.

How do I register a guest for a special event using the online registration?  
Please view the attached instructions on how to register a guest for an event. 

Are there homework assignments or exams? 
For regular classes, there is no homework or exams. Occasionally, there will be recommended reading which is optional. The exception to this would be our writing seminar which does have assignments but no exams.

How much do Lunch and Learn sessions cost? 
Our “Lunch and Learn” sessions provide a lecture on a specific topic and are free to all members. An optional lunch is provided prior to the lecture for a $10 fee. Reservations are required for both the lecture and the box lunch.

Who teaches OLLI at Vanderbilt courses?  
Our courses are taught by a wide variety of qualified personnel. The majority are current or retired Vanderbilt professors, but there are also many who come from other educational institutions, government and business. Our curriculum committee reviews each proposed course and confirms that the instructor’s background is appropriate.

Where do I park for the OLLI classes? 
When classes are held at area churches, complimentary parking is provided at the church. When classes are held on campus, complimentary parking is provided at the Centennial Sportsplex as well as a shuttle to pick you up and take you to campus. The shuttles run the entire morning during class time in case you come late or need to leave early.

Do you hold class in inclement weather? 
It is rare that we cancel class, but if a class (or event) is cancelled due to inclement weather, it will be posted on the OLLI at Vanderbilt website by 8:00a.m. the morning of the event.

What is the Bernard Osher Foundation?  
The Foundation is a private foundation that provides grants and endowments to qualified adult continuing education programs in cooperation with universities across the United States. The Foundation is funded by Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Osher and each recipient of such a grant is known as an “Osher Lifelong Learning Institute” (OLLI).