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Frequently Asked Questions

Exactly where on the CSULB Campus are you located?

We are located in the Human Services and Design (HS&D) Building which is on the East side of the campus near the intersection of Palo Verde Avenue and State University Drive / Anaheim Rd. (see CSULB maps).
See the campus map

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Is parking a problem at OLLI at CSULB?

The classrooms and office are located on the campus of a very large (about 36,000 students) and busy university. Fewer than 5000 students (about 14%) live on campus in residence halls – the remainder commute. So, like most major universities, CSULB has parking issues.
OLLI permits (Community Permits) may be used in ANY General Parking lot on the campus. LOTS G13/14 and the two parking structures holding 2000 automobiles is the closest lot to OLLI (off Palo Verde Avenue close to Atherton Rd).

OLLI participants can purchase Community parking permits at $64.00 for 2 months ($32 per month) You must register your vehicle in the License Plate Recognition program at the Parking Cashier window at Brotman Hall. Once you are in the system you may be able to pay for permits ONLINE.
Daily permits are available from parking machines using card or cash located in each lot at a cost of $10.00 per day. You MUST enter a car License plate number at the kiosk. Short Term parking can be purchased at a machine near marked spaces for up to 90 minutes.

OLLI students possessing a DMV issued Disabled placard can use it along with a Community permit to park in ADA Blue spaces in Employee Lot E6 close to our classrooms. The DMV issued placard and the OLLI Campus Permit must be displayed when cars are parked in any handicapped spaces. Disabled placards can also be used WITHOUT paying at short term green curb spaces on State University Dr.

Automobiles parked in any campus parking lot which do not display the appropriate permit are subject to citation.

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I no longer drive. Is public transportation available to get to OLLI at CSULB?

The CSULB campus can be reached using buses operated by both the Long Beach Transit System and the Orange County Transit System. If you live in the area serviced by Long Beach the best way to find your routing is to telephone them at (562) 591-2301 or go to If you live in Orange County, contact OCTA – telephone number is (714) 636-7433 - website is

When the Fall and Spring semester classes are in session at CSULB, there are shuttle buses that circles the campus every 10 minutes or so (see map for shuttle stops). This Campus shuttle requires a campus ID to ride. The stop nearest OLLI is at the Design Building or in front of the Foundation Bldg

Ride Share or Uber users can find designated pick up locations on a map.

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Why did the tuition costs change?

Since our classes began in the fall of 1996, OLLI at CSULB has never raised our membership fee or class tuition.However, increasingly higher costs have had an impact on our activities while at the same time, our members are using different technologies thereby lowering resource requirements in the computer lab.  Therefore, the Governing Council has approved the following changes to our fee structure effective October 2019:

  • Increase tuition fee for lecture classes to $15
  • Reduce tuition fee for computer and other technology classes to $15

The membership fee will remain $40 for a year and $20 for a half year.

We continue to offer scholarship opportunities for qualified applicants.

We endeavor to update the equipment in our lab on a four to five year cycle by placing a portion of computer class fese in a special fund so that we can purchase new equipment when the old computers become obsolete. We want to give our computer students the best possible software and hardware on which to learn new skills.

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I barely graduated from high school and that was many years ago. Won’t I be out of place on a college campus?

Not at all. First, our students do not earn any college credit or “continuing education credits” for the classes they take. There are no tests, exams, and little if any homework. Sometimes students are asked to read something before the next class or practice something, however, even that is entirely optional. OLLI is like an academic cafeteria – we choose our level of participation in whatever it is that interests us. Mostly, it is learning about stuff that we didn’t have the time, energy, or enthusiasm for during the earlier parts of our lives. Some of the computer classes do have prerequisites to insure that the student has enough knowledge/skill to grasp the material presented. The class descriptions should indicate the content well.  OLLI students sign-up for classes that interest them and participate in them at their own comfort level.

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What is the interaction like between OLLI students and “regular” CSULB students and faculty?

Cordial and friendly are two of the best terms to describe our interaction with the CSULB community. Many of the “regular” students express fascination at the idea of people our age attending classes just because we love learning and/or want to explore new topics. They are courteous and respectful and quickly acknowledge our “Hi” and “How are you?” greetings. They seem to be quite content with sharing their campus with us.

Part of the reason for this good relationship is that many OLLI Members are strong supporters of the University and its activities. Some are alumni or retired faculty. Some of our members are avid sports fans and regularly attend sporting events on campus. Others are patrons of the various programs put on by the Music and Theatre Departments. Our members are docents at the University Art Museum and volunteer ushers at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center.

Many support the University with financial contributions.  We respond to student and faculty requests for interviews and “first-hand” information about the aging process as well as other student and faculty inquiries. In return, the University provides us with space and administrative support. CSULB Identification Cards are available to OLLI Members. These provide some member benefits including discounts at University events as well as University Library privileges (see answer below).

In short, OLLI and its members are viewed as being part of the CSULB community. It is a very pleasant relationship.

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Are there benefits attached to being a member of OLLI?

OLLI members can obtain a CSULB Identification Card at the ID Card Services Office which is located inside the University Bookstore Building
(see map).  One needs only to present a current OLLI Name Tag or a copy of the Registration form plus a photo ID such as a driver’s license to obtain this card.  Once the OLLI Member registers his card at the front desk of the library, he/she has some library privileges.  The University ID Card also enables OLLI Members to obtain ticket discounts to Theater and Music performances, athletic events, and free admission to the University Art Museum.  Performance tickets can be obtained at the University Box Office which is located on the North side (facing Atherton Street) of the Carpenter Performing Arts Center.

Are there opportunities for volunteers at OLLI?

Except for the Executive Director and the Office Administrator and Part-time assistants, everyone at OLLI is a volunteer. This includes instructors, office helpers, Governing Council Officers, chairpersons and members of our committees, computer class coaches, etc. We always have a need for more volunteers and will welcome you. If you are interested, give your name, phone number, and area of interest to our Office Administrator and she will pass the information on to the appropriate person within our governance structure who will contact you.

We recognize our volunteers with a nice thank you luncheon each year. We work hard to be a congenial group that works together toward common goals and we have a 22 year history of success in this endeavor.

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Does OLLI accept monetary donations?

Although we have received some very generous grants for specific purposes and collect tuition payments from our students, we do need donations from individuals who support our mission to meet all of the expenses of putting on this program. We are a 501(c) (3) non-profit operation whose finances are handled by the CSULB Foundation.
Donations may be made ONLINE or checks may be made payable to the CSULB Foundation and delivered to the OLLI Office in the HS&D Building. Please note on the reference line that this is a donation to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) and whether it is a general donation to our operations budget or a donation to a specific purpose.
Designated donations to our computer program, the scholarship fund (assists OLLI members who cannot afford our tuition and/or membership fees) and to the CSULB Student Scholarship fund are accepted. 

Both memorial donations and donations “in honor of” someone are also appropriate. For your convenience, donation envelopes are available in the OLLI Office. All donations will be appropriately acknowledged. 

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