1. What is OLLI?

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at The University of Alabama is a year-round, member-centered, member-led program that caters to adults. OLLI at UA is one of over 125 college-affiliated OLLIs across the country and receives funding from The Bernard Osher Foundation.

    • OLLI provides intellectual, social, and cultural enrichment opportunities in a climate that fosters friendship and a mutual sharing of ideas and life experiences.
    • OLLI offers educational classes and entertainment through bonus sessions, field trips, socials, special events, and travel.

To learn more about the OSHER Foundation, visit www.osherfoundation.org.

  1. Why should I join OLLI?

Are you a self-motivated learner eager to share opinions, knowledge, and expertise with humor and mutual respect?

If so, OLLI will be an excellent fit for you.

    • OLLI offers opportunities to meet new friends, make contacts, and develop connections.
    • OLLI members are often actively engaged in their local communities and, as a result, are more productive, purposeful, healthier, and happier.
    • OLLI members share common bonds of intellectual curiosity and the experience of their generation.
  1. What are the requirements to join OLLI?

Any adult may become a member by paying the annual membership fee.  There are no other requirements.

  1. Where are OLLI classes held?

OLLI classes are held in person at venues in Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, and Gadsden unless otherwise noted. Online classes are also available. See the semester catalog for details.

  1. Where can I park? 

Tuscaloosa Chapter – When attending OLLI classes and events at the Bryant Conference Center, daily parking fees must be paid, or members must purchase a parking permit. OLLI members must purchase parking permits from OLLI. Once purchased, OLLI members can park in the Capstone Deck and the surface lot adjacent to the deck.

Parking Deck Hourly Parking  Rates = $1.50/First Hour; $2.50/Each Subsequent Hour; $15 Daily Max. (per entry)

Individuals with valid ADA credentials may display their state-issued hangtag or license plate along with a purchased OLLI parking permit. This will allow members to park in the ADA parking spaces behind the Bryant Conference Center.

    • Parking Permit registration forms are available at the OLLI Office or can be downloaded. Once the form is complete and submitted to OLLI via email or hard copy, members will be issued a temporary parking permit or passcode.
    • UA Parking Services will mail an official parking permit in 7-10 business days.
    • Current 2023-24 OLLI parking permits are valid from August 1, 2023 to August 15, 2024.

*Parking is available at no charge in the parking lots of all off-campus locations (Kentuck, Focus 50+, etc.)

Gadsden Chapter – Parking is available at no charge at the entrance of the building.

Greater Birmingham Chapter – Parking is available at no charge in the parking lots of all locations.

  1. How much does it cost to join and participate in OLLI? 

$25 — Annual OLLI Membership Fee (Aug. 1, 2023 – July 31, 2024).

$50 — Summer 2024 Course Package. Allows members to register/enroll in as many courses and field trips as desired. Many OLLI classes have a set capacity, and class rosters are set by those who register earliest. Note: some programs, trips, or events may carry an additional fee due to materials, travel, or other cost requirements.

All collected fees allow our organization to provide additional quality programming, special events, bonus sessions, socials, and travel opportunities.

Scholarships are available here www.olli.ua.edu/grants

Note: Registration is required for all OLLI programs, including online and complimentary programs.

  1. Do I have to register every semester?

Yes. Registration is required to be able to sign-up for OLLI programs each semester. Register online or call 205-348-3000 as early as possible to ensure you have a seat reserved.

When online courses are offered, OLLI members and guests must register to receive the link to join the virtual classroom and receive access to the provided class materials.

If an OLLI class is full, call the OLLI Office at 205-348-6482 to be added to a Waitlist.

  1. May I bring a guest?

Every OLLI member is encouraged to invite guests to any bonus programs that are open to the public, and Open Houses. A complete listing of all upcoming events.

Will I need to register my guest? Yes. To prepare for all events, an accurate headcount is needed. OLLI members and guests can register by calling 205-348-3000

For more information about bringing guests, call the OLLI office at 205-348-6482 or email olli@ua.edu

  1. How can I offer suggestions for OLLI classes?

OLLI classes are developed and designed for OLLI members, and input welcome and encouraged. Please contact the OLLI office staff at 205-348-6482 or email olli@ua.edu if you’re an OLLI member with suggestions.

At the conclusion of each semester and class, instructor and class evaluations are gathered and provided to the chapter Curriculum Committee for review.

  1. Are the opportunities to volunteer at OLLI?

Yes, always. OLLI volunteers are essential to the success of the organization. Volunteers are always needed, and there are plenty of opportunities to provide assistance.

Examples of volunteer roles are OLLI curriculum development, planning OLLI social events, serving as greeters, serving as photographers, writing for OLLI social media and newsletters, outreach and membership growth events, OLLI instructors, OLLI facilitators, OLLI fundraising campaigns, marketing, and more.

If you would like to learn more bout volunteering, contact the OLLI office at 205-348-6482 or olli@ua.edu

  1. Who are the OLLI instructors?

OLLI instructors can include current and/or former university faculty, community educators and leaders, OLLI members, and special guests.

If you are interested in serving as an OLLI instructor, contact the OLLI staff at 205-348-6482 or olli@ua.edu

  1. Do schedules ever change?

Sometimes, yes. Because trips and classes are often coordinated and scheduled months in advance, class dates, times, locations, logistics, and instructors are subject to change due to circumstances beyond control. The OLLI staff will make every effort to notify registered participants of changes in advance. Ensure you provide correct email addresses and telephone numbers when registering for classes to be notified of any changes.

A word about the weather: In the case of inclement weather, OLLI abides by The University of Alabama weather instructions. Remember, if The University of Alabama is closed, OLLI is closed. This is in effect whether classes are online or in-person. Please watch local news for UA closings.

  1. Can I get a refund?

The annual membership fee and semester course package fees are non-refundable.

To cancel a course registration/drop a class and receive a refund, OLLI members must contact registration services within 14 days of the start of the class.

Field trips are individually priced and refund deadlines are listed in the semester catalog.

To cancel, call registration services at 205-348-3000.

  1. Do OLLI members receive a name badge?

OLLI members who request a name badge may request and pick up a name badge at the OLLI office in Tuscaloosa.

  1. How do I join?

There are 3 ways to join: online, mail in a registration form, or call.

Register online.

Register via mail by requesting an OLLI Registration form by emailing olli@ua.edu

Register over the phone by contacting the registration office at 205-348-3000, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. All voicemails will be returned.

  1. How can I donate to OLLI?

When OLLI members donate to the organization, they support lifelong learning for others in their community. Financial circumstances may limit someone’s ability to participate in lifelong learning activities. OLLI members who donate tax-deductible financial gifts will support those in our community who otherwise could not join.

OLLI members may also consider underwriting OLLI events like receptions, lodging, and meals, supporting the OLLI endowment fund or remembering OLLI in personal trusts or wills.

Please consider supporting OLLI in all fundraising initiatives. For information regarding the appropriate philanthropic path for you, please contact the OLLI office, or click read more about the current endowed funds.

  1. How do I contact OLLI?

The OLLI staff is here to support all members. Please call the OLLI office at 205-348-6482 or email olli@ua.edu.

Please call Registration Services at 205-348-3000 for OLLI registration and leave a message.