Frequently Asked Questions

How do I join BOLLI?

You become a BOLLI member by selecting a membership type and registering.  At certain times during the year, you may do this on-line by clicking on the registration link on our home page. At other times during the year, you may register by contacting Matt Medeiros at 781-736-2992.

Read the choices carefully and select the type of membership that is right for you.

  • Annual Comprehensive Membership - The Annual Comprehensive Membership entitles you to up to three study groups each term and eighty lunchtime programs (Fall and Spring), two Brandeis faculty-led lecture courses (Winter and Summer), and a 50% discount on Brandeis Faculty Seminars throughout the year.  This membership includes frequent member-run discussion groups, film screenings, a writers' guild, and outings to exciting educational, entertainment and dining destinations in Greater Boston.  A subscription to BOLLI media, including an events calendar identifying campus happenings of special interest to BOLLI members, is also included.  All memberships entitle you to free parking near 60 Turner Street. Members attend campus events together throughout the year. To view a schedule of all BOLLI events please click here.Annual memberships are available during fall registration only.
  • Seasonal Comprehensive Membership- In either the Fall/Winter or Spring/Summer, this membership entitles you to up to three study groups and forty lunchtime programs, two Brandeis faculty-led lecture series, and a 25% discount on Brandeis Faculty Seminars.  This membership includes frequent member-run discussion groups, film screenings, a writers' guild, and group outings to exciting educational, entertainment and dining destinations in Greater Boston.  A subscription to BOLLI media, including an events calendar identifying campus happenings of special interest to BOLLI members, is also included. All memberships entitle you to free parking near 60 Turner Street. Members attend campus events together throughout the year. To view a schedule of all BOLLI events please click here.  
  • Lecture & Activities Membership –  In either the Fall/Winter or Spring/Summer, this membership entitles you to forty lunchtime programs, two Brandeis faculty-led lecture series, a 25% discount on Brandeis Faculty Seminars and convenient parking. This membership includes frequent member-run discussion groups, film screenings, a writers' guild, and group outings to exciting educational, entertainment and dining destinations in Greater Boston.  A subscription to BOLLI media, including an events calendar identifying campus happenings of special interest to BOLLI members, is also included.  All memberships entitle you to free parking near 60 Turner Street. Members attend campus events together throughout the year. To view a schedule of all BOLLI events please click here. You may also become an Annual Lecture and Activities Member in the fall only.
  • Snowbird Membership – The Snowbird Membership entitles you to full Spring/Summer benefits after the fifth week of the Spring term.  Five-week courses are available beginning the sixth week of spring term for the enjoyment of our Snowbird members. These courses are labeled "5b."*

How much does it cost to join BOLLI?

 Membership Type Cost
Annual Comprehensive Membership $675*
Seasonal Comprehensive Membership $355
Seasonal Lecture & Activities Membership $230
Annual Lecture & Activities Membership $435
Snowbird Membership (Spring Only) $265

*For Spring Snowbirds who would like to register for an Annual Membership, the discounted fee is $590.

May I join BOLLI at any time of the year, or only at the start of the Fall or Spring term?

The standard membership fees apply to registration before the start of the Fall and Spring terms, in September and March. However, you can join BOLLI at any time of year. Contact Matt Medeiros at 781-736-2992 for more information.

Can members change their membership category from one term to the next?

Yes.

What are some benefits of BOLLI Membership?

Please click here for a list of members benefits.

May I visit BOLLI to see what it is like?

Yes. Prospective members are welcome to attend one lecture or event to get a taste for what it's like to be at BOLLI. Contact Matt Medeiros at 781-736-2992 if you would like to visit. 

Whom can I speak to if I am interested in teaching a course? (leading a study group)

To learn more about becoming a Study Group Leader, contact Matt Medeiros at 781-736-2992.

Does BOLLI have a waiting list or a special selection process such as an interview for those wanting to join?

At the moment there is no waiting list. BOLLI does not have any special requirements for becoming a member other than filling out a registration form and submitting the membership fee.

Do all members have to teach a course? (lead a Study Group)

No. Although we encourage those members who would like to share with others their passion for a subject and who enjoy teaching, there is no requirement to lead a Study Group.

If I drop out of a study group during term, may I expect a refund or a credit toward a future membership?

You may request a refund of your membership dues up until the end of the first week of courses.  After that time, no refunds are available.  In extraordinary circumstances, e.g. related to a debilitating illness, you may request a credit towards a future membership. Please note, requests for refunds and for credits must come during the term in question.  They will not be considered once a given term has expired.

If I drop out of a study group during term, may I expect a reserved spot in that study group the next time that it is given?

No, participation in courses is determined by lottery, except in the case of BOLLI Study Group Leaders, who receive a regulated number of course exemptions in consideration of their course leadership; and in special circumstances, when a study group leader requires assistance from an individual who might otherwise not be admitted to their course.

Is this program non-sectarian?

Yes. We welcome people of all backgrounds to join BOLLI. We strive for a diverse population among our members.

Do members attend classes with Brandeis students?

No. BOLLI classes are just for BOLLI members. However, there are opportunities to interact with Brandeis students in activities such as the partnership with international students at the Heller School and at the International Business School.

Are any courses led by Brandeis professors?

Yes.  Brandeis faculty members lead lecture courses and intensive seminars in the summer and winter terms. Lecture courses are complimentary for all BOLLI members.  Seminars are open to the general public on a tuition basis, and discounted for BOLLI members.

Do members participate in social activities as well as classes?

 There are many activities in addition to classes that provide opportunities to socialize with other BOLLI members – the annual welcome back brunch in September, new member “mingles”, lunchtime in the Gathering Place. In addition, a number of affinity group activities provide members with opportunities to know each other better. Examples are the theater group, a writers' guild, New Yorker Fiction Salon, and Adventures group that plans trips to local places of interest. Also, many members find a whole new circle of friends with whom they socialize outside of the formal BOLLI program.

Is financial aid available?

Yes, financial assistance is available and awards are strictly confidential. To apply please contact BOLLI Director Avi Bernstein at 781-736-2171.

Where is your program held and where do I park?

Classes are held at 60 Turner Street in Waltham and parking is available across the street.

I don’t drive. Is BOLLI accessible by public transportation?

There are two ways to get to within one block of BOLLI via public transportation: Take the Fitchburg Commuter Rail line that runs from North Station and Porter Square (or from Lincoln, Concord and points west) to the Brandeis/Roberts stop, or take the 553 bus that runs between Newton Corner and Roberts/Angleside.

Whom do I contact for questions about the program or registration?

To register, or if you have any questions or need assistance, please contact Program Coordinator Matt Medeiros at 781-736-2992.