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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?

Courses are priced individually. Fees can be found on the schedule-at-a-glance and in the course descriptions of the course catalog. 

Is financial assistance available?  

Scholarship information can be found HERE.

How do I retrieve my user name or password to register online? 

Please call the office at 615-343-1130 to inquire about your username or to have your password reset.

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 instructors. 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 classes? 

Detailed instructions for parking at each location will be mailed with your course confirmation packet. In some instances, we will provide a shuttle from a parking location to the class. Look for a shuttling icon in the schedule-at-a-glance and in the course description to determine if shuttling is available. 

Will classes be held during 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 8:00 a.m. the morning of the event. The official policy regarding class cancellations can be found on our Policies and Procedures page.

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). Additional information can be found HERE.