"OLLI has provided opportunities to take courses outside my professional interests, to teach for the first time and to continue to apply my work experience by serving in a leadership capacity.
"My sense of community has been vastly expanded by the relationships I've developed with fellow members. As a result, retirement is a rich and exciting chapter of my life."
-- Cliff Edwards, former OLLI Council President
In order to register for courses and enjoy full membership benefits during the 2013-2014 academic year, it is necessary to enroll as an OLLI member and pay the annual membership fee of $125. This fee provides unlimited course selection, space permitting from among 85-100 courses per quarter, three quarters per year, September through June. For members joining mid-year, the fee is still $125; we do not prorate the fee. There is also an abbreviated summer session that has an additional cost of $25.
There are two ways to join: online and manually.
Online Member Sign Up: Click to Sign In and follow the online instructions to access a previously established account or create a new one. Once signed in, visit the Catalog link. Look for the item under “Course Categories” called “Membership, OLLI at SOU.” Click on this item and follow the on-screen directions to add this item to your cart. You can check out or continue to browse courses. If you experience difficulty in joining online, please call or visit the OLLI office for assistance.
Manual Member Sign Up: Click to access a Member Application Form [PDF]. Complete it and return it to the OLLI office with payment.
If financial circumstances make a $125 membership fee a hardship, OLLI offers a reduced membership fee to a limited number of members. A Reduced Membership Application Form [PDF] is available.
Dues and fees are not refundable. In a case of extreme hardship, a member can submit to the OLLI Coordinator a confidential request in writing, stating the necessity for the refund. To verify hardship, applicants shall complete an explanatory narrative paragraph describing the specific circumstances for the request. A form for this may be obtained from the Coordinator in the OLLI office.
The OLLI Coordinator and the Council Treasurer will review the completed form for approval. The Coordinator will contact the applicant about the decision. Any refund will be reduced by a processing fee that is charged to OLLI by SOU on every membership.
[From OLLI at SOU Policies and Procedures, 8/29/12]
Everyone has abilities that can be used to keep OLLI the outstanding organization that it is. Members who choose to contribute their expertise to teach a course or to participate on committees or in leadership roles enjoy a particularly rich OLLI experience. Click to view a list of the standing OLLI committees. The profile you complete when joining OLLI will be invaluable in matching your background and interests to various roles within OLLI or feel free to discuss preferences with the OLLI Program Coordinator.