Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)

Why should I become an OLLI Member?

OLLI is a membership-based, non-profit organization. We rely on membership fees to offset our costs for organizing and holding courses. People who are members of OLLI contribute to the OLLI community and receive membership benefits, which entitle you to:

  • Enroll in OLLI courses
  • Be placed on a waiting list for a course that is full
  • Receive OLLI course catalogs and newsletters
  • Receive updates by email for activities and events not listed in the catalog
  • Participate in our Special Sessions offered each semester
  • View course information and handouts in OLLI’s Online Resource Library
  • Participate as a voting member at the Annual OLLI Membership Meeting
  • Attend Member-Only Events

How long does my membership last?

OLLI at UVa has two semesters, fall and spring, and memberships must be renewed at the start of each semester.

Who can register for OLLI courses?

You must first become an OLLI Member in order to register for OLLI courses. Your OLLI Membership fee will be calculated into your tuition fee(s) when you register for courses. OLLI courses are designed for adults 50 years of age and beyond, although people of all ages may enroll.

 How much does it cost to take a course?

In order to take courses each semester, you must first become an OLLI member.  The OLLI Membership fee is $50 for each semester and is non-refundable. The OLLI Membership fee will be calculated into your tuition fee(s) when you register for courses. The tuition for your first course is $50.  After paying the initial $100 for membership and your first-course tuition, all additional courses are only $10 each.

Are scholarships available?

Yes, please call the OLLI office at 434-923-3600, or toll free at 877-861-9207 to apply for a scholarship.

Are discounts available?

Discounts apply to the first-course tuition fee only. Discounts cannot be used for Outings, Events, or E-Courses. Only one discount may be used each semester. OLLI at UVa offers these discounts:

  • Current Senior Center members                                               $10
  • Life Members of the UVa Alumni Association                       $20
  • JABA volunteers with 30 or more hrs. service per year     $10

How do I register for a course?

You may register by going to our online registration website, OLLI Online. Once registration is open, using our online registration website–as soon as possible–is the best way to ensure enrollment in your desired OLLI courses.

What happens if courses I request are already full?

When you register online, you will immediately know which courses are full and which courses have space available.*  If you opt to register for a course that is full, you will be placed on that course’s waitlist. You will not be charged tuition for those courses for which you are wait listed, though you will pay the membership fee.  If a spot then becomes available, the OLLI office will contact people on the waitlist in the order they were added to the waitlist. Please do not attempt to join the course unless you are contacted. So registering early–even for courses that are already full–is the best way to get into the courses you really want. 

* To see if a course is still available, check the “Available” column on the far right of the OLLI course registration page.

           A=Available     WL=Waiting List (course is full)

If I bring my registration form right down to your office, am I assured a place in the course?

No.  Registrations dropped off at the OLLI office, as well as registrations received at the OLLI office by post, will not be processed until registration opens. We will open registration on the same day and at the same time for everyone and will process printed registrations concurrently with OLLI members who are registering online. We believe this system gives all our members equal possibility of enrollment in their chosen courses. 

How do I add, withdraw from, or get a refund for an OLLI course?

You may add courses throughout the semester by using OLLI’s Online Registration site, OLLI Online.

In the event that you must withdraw from a course, please contact the OLLI office directly by email at olliuva@virginia.edu or by phone at 434-923-3600 or 877-861-9207 (toll free). This allows us to process your request and notifies us that we have an enrollment opening, which we can then offer to the next person on the waitlist.

Refunds of course fees will not be given after two weeks prior to the course start date. Please note that the $50 membership fee is nonrefundable.

 How do I find my course location?

  1. Course locations are listed in the “Location” column on our Summary Course offerings pages at OLLI Online. Each location listed is hyperlinked to the hosting location’s website directions or to Google Maps, so that you can make sure you know where the course is being offered.
  2. Individual course listings at OLLI Online also have the locations hyperlinked to the hosting location’s website directions or to Google Maps.
  3. Your course confirmation email will list the course location, along with day of week, dates, and class meeting times.

Directions to all OLLI class locations for the current semester can be found here

May I bring a Guest to class?

OLLI courses are intended for OLLI members. If an OLLI member would like to bring a non-member guest, you must first request the approval in advance by the OLLI office to have a guest attend one class session only. If that person wishes to attend future classes, he or she will need to register through OLLI and pay the membership fee and tuition.

Can someone attend a class in my place if I am unable to attend?

No. Because OLLI courses are for members only, there are no “Standing Room Only” or “I’m attending in place of my spouse/best friend/etc.” policies. 

Why are there sometimes empty seats in a course that has a waiting list? Does this mean that there is room in the course?

Many OLLI instructors set the course enrollment limits when they submit their course proposals. Instructors limit the size of their classes to what they feel will provide students with the best experience possible. So, in order to facilitate discussion, dialogue among students, or interactive participation, instructors may want to limit enrollment in a course.

 No, empty seats do not mean that there is room in the course. Often, OLLI courses are scheduled to be held throughout the day at a particular course location. Setups are made for the largest class size at a location, so that chairs do not have to be brought in or removed during the day.

Do you hold class if the weather is bad ?

Please link to our Inclement Weather Policy here.

Personal safety is the key consideration when there is inclement weather. 

What benefits do Instructors receive?

While we do not provide financial compensation, instructors will be provided free tuition at OLLI at UVa for two semesters – the semester in which you teach and the following semester.  

In addition, OLLI at UVa also provides free tuition for your spouse/partner during that same time frame, with the spouse/partner paying the membership fee only.