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Frequently Asked Questions

Are my membership and course fees refundable?

Osher membership and program fees are nonrefundable. Extenuating circumstances to drop a course may be considered by an Appeals Committee on a case-by-case basis. If a course is cancelled by Osher, a course refund will be processed. Credit card refunds require 10 business days; check refunds may take up to eight weeks and will be mailed to the address on file.

How are course fees determined?

Course fees are based on a charge of $5/course hour. For example, a 6-week course meeting for two hours per week is $60, and an 8-week course meeting for two hours per week is $80. Perk series events are $5/perk. Special programs are charged according to their unique costs.

How does the Value-Added Draw work?

To enter the Value-Added Draw, Osher members are required to complete the Osher Value-Added Draw form (PDF), and have previously submitted membership payment. Eligible members may apply for enrollment in unlimited courses, based upon space availability. Please list your requested value-added courses in order of preference.

Entries will be drawn randomly and one course per draw will be permitted. If more than one course is requested on Part 3 of the Osher Membership form, the form will then be re-entered into the Value-Added Draw. At the conclusion of the Value-Added Draw, Osher members will be notified via email, within five working days, if your course request was successful.

Registration for a single course includes access to the Value-Added Draw for the session of the enrolled course.

Does Osher offer tuition assistance?

The Oltjenbruns Tuition Assistance fund was established in honor of the commitment that Kevin and Ken Oltjenbruns have shown to Osher for many years. If financial hardship is preventing you from taking Osher courses, you’re encouraged to apply for tuition assistance. Call (970) 491-7753 if you have questions or need an application form.

Can I buy a gift membership?

Looking for the perfect gift for a friend or relative? Give the gift of learning! We have membership gift certificates available for any occasion. Call (970) 491- 7753 for more information.

Can I make a donation to Osher?

Your tax-deductible contributions will support and sustain the Osher program. With additional funds, we can enhance, grow, and continue to create an engaging and thoughtful learning environment. Please consider making a generous online donation today.

Do you cancel courses due to weather conditions?

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute follows the University's severe weather policy in regard to cancelling courses due to weather. Please call (970) 491-7669 if there is extreme weather to find out the University’s status. It is important that we have your phone number so we can contact you in case of emergency.

When was Osher established?

In partnership with the Bernard Osher Foundation, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Colorado State University was established in 2006, as one of 119 such institutes nationwide. Designed to challenge and inform, courses are small, engaging, and interactive.