Frequently Asked Questions & Scholarship Information

General OLLI Questions

1. Do I have to be a member to enroll in an Osher Lifelong Learning Course?

Yes, you must pay a yearly membership fee in order to enroll in OLLI classes. Click here to view the membership information. The membership fee for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UM is not refundable.

2. How many courses can I take at one time?

You can take as many courses as your schedule permits. There is no limit to the number of courses.

3. Is there priority seating?

There is no priority seating, but you may be waitlisted for a course during the registration period. To be waitlisted for a full course, click "Request to Enroll" at the bottom of a course page, and submit the request form.

4. Can I park my car on campus? How do I get to OLLI?

The University of Miami Parking & Transportation is responsible for parking & transportation policies. UM would like to facilitate your visit to our beautiful campus. Please familiarize yourself with parking and mobility options. Call the UM Parking Department at 305-284-3096 for details.

Short-term parking options: Extremely limited on-street parking is available depending on the time of day. Pay-by-the-hour parking spaces are available along San Amaro Drive. These parking meters are under the jurisdiction of the City of Coral Gables. Advisory: Spaces fill up early.

Campus parking options: Parking on the University of Miami campus in UM lots is extremely limited. All vehicles parked on the University of Miami campus are required to display a UM parking permit from 8:00am to 4:00pm from Monday through Friday. OLLI members may purchase a discounted Gray zone parking permit from the UM Parking Department. You can find all the details on their website: is a cost for the full year, and prices are prorated weekly. Permits expire on August 15 each year. The OLLI parking permit allows you to park in the Gray Zone lots around Lau Founders Hall and any other nearby lots where signs specify the Gray Zone. The parking permit does guarantee you will find a parking space. You will be required to show your OLLI membership card and valid vehicle registration when purchasing a permit. Call the UM Parking Department at 305-284-3096 for more details and hours of operation. There is also metered street parking within walking distance of Lau Founders Hall.

Please note: The Gray permit zone is in the vicinity of the Newman Alumni Center, which hosts events on a regular basis throughout the year. This will often result in certain lots being closed to regular permit holders. When this happens, we will notify you ahead of time and provide alternative parking arrangements. Please keep this in mind when considering a gray zone permit.

Metrorail/Metrobus: Our campus has a Metrorail stop which makes for a convenient visit. From the University Metrorail stop, you are able to get a shuttle or MetroBus to get you close to Lau Founders Hall offices. From the Metrorail stop, take bus 56 south and exit at San Amaro Dr. It’s a 3 minute walk to our offices.

Rideshare/Carpooling: Please be reminded that you can avoid bringing a vehicle on campus by taking advantage of one or more of the many alternative transportation options by visiting We strongly encourage OLLI members to rideshare, carpool, ride with a friend, use a rideshare service (like Lyft or Uber) or take public transportation to our campus location! The OLLI staff are happy to give you information about setting up a rideshare service on your Smart Phone.  Our OLLI Café/kitchen area is a great place to find a carpool buddy, or you can use a rideshare service.

5. Where can I find a listing of the OLLI Bylaws?

The OLLI Bylaws can be accessed here.

Registration Questions

1. When is Registration?

Registration normally opens online and in-person one week before courses start.

2. How do I register for classes?

Visit to watch a video on how to enroll in a course online, and submit your payment with a credit card.

3. How can I pay online?

From a course page, pick the section you want and click "Enroll Now" at the bottom of the page. Proceed through the shopping cart, and you will be directed to the University of Miami's secure credit card payment terminal. Once you enter your credit card information, you will receive a confirmation receipt. The receipt is also emailed to the email address you provided in your profile.

4. How do I know if I got into the class?

If you see an "Enroll Now" button, that means there is space in the class. The classes are on a first-come, first-serve basis. You will receive a confirmation once you complete the check out now process and submit your online payment.

5. What is the OLLI at UM Accomodations Policy?

OLLI at UM provides reasonable accommodations in its programs in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. To request disability accommodations, please contact the OLLI at UM office at 305-284-6554 as soon as you register and at least two weeks before classes begin. OLLI at UM has portable assistive-listening devices that enhance ability to hear the instructors using the microphone in Room 102 of Founders Hall.

6. How can I apply for the OLLI Scholarship for OLLI Courses?

Due to the generosity of our member donors, a limited number of partial scholarships for OLLI at UM classes are available. These scholarships are applicable to courses offered by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Miami only. Each scholarship covers 50% of course tuition. Scholarships are not applicable for OLLI membership fees, OLLI field trips/social activities fees, or auditing fees. Awards are based on financial need. Please contact the OLLI Director for more information at (305) 284-6554 or Applications for partial scholarships are reviewed on an ongoing basis and are valid for one session. The information on the application is kept confidential and awards will not be publicly announced. To request a scholarship, print, complete, and return the Scholarship Request Form to the OLLI office.

7. Is there a Lost & Found area available for OLLI members?

OLLI at UM keeps a lost & found shelf in the OLLI cafe/lounge or at the OLLI reception desk. Property is held for 3 months, after which time it will be given to UM central Lost & Found at the UC or donated to charity. 

8. Where can I find OLLI courses taught at the Main Campus?

All OLLI courses taught at the Main Campus are listed in the Current Courses page.