Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at CSU, Chico

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Join the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

With more than 1,200 members and 130+ classes led by volunteer peer leaders, you can be sure that you'll have an enriching experience as you learn for the love of it. OLLI is open to community members at least 50 years of age or retired from their careers and spouses of any age.

How much does it cost?

For the September '20–June '21 academic year we offer the following membership options:

Chico Chapter

• Spring '21 Only: $125
• Summer '21 Only: $75
• Spring '21 & Summer '21: $145
• Fall '20 & Spring '21: $215
• Fall '20, Spring '21 & Summer ’21: $230

Membership includes:

• Unlimited classes each term
• University library card
• Special general meetings with guest speakers on timely topics
• News updates during class sessions, including information about people, class activities, and meetings

When and where are classes held?

In fall 2020, all classes will be held virtually, either live-online or with pre-recorded presentations. Classes typically meet at various meeting sites in Chico, Oroville, and surrounding areas. Our primary classroom location is at The Social Chico, which has ample parking, an OLLI service desk, and a coffee shop & cafeteria! Some classes run through the full term but there are also several shorter-term classes and single-day workshops and excursions. The fall term runs early September through mid-December, the spring term runs early February through May, and summer classes take place during the month of June.

Is class attendance mandatory?

No, attendance is not required at any class, so when adventure calls, or if you just need a pajama day, enjoy your time away from OLLI without worry.

Sign me up!

There are three easy ways to join or renew your membership:

  • Join online as a "New Member" using our easy membership system
  • Mail a completed membership form to the OLLI office
  • Call the OLLI office at 530-898-6679 to join by phone

How do I renew my membership?

  • Renew online by logging in as a "Current Member"
  • Mail a completed membership form to the OLLI office
  • Call the OLLI office at 530-898-6679 to renew by phone

OLLI Fee Assistance Program

A portion of OLLI Annual Fund contributions are used to help members who cannot afford full annual fees to participate in classes. If you would like to be considered for our fee assistance program, please send a personal letter to: OLLI at CSU, Chico, 400 W. First Street, Chico, CA  95929-0792. In the letter explain your situation and list in priority order up to three courses you’d like to take. If space is available you will be notified before classes begin and there will be a $25 processing fee due.