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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to be a member to take LLI courses?

Membership is required in order to take courses. There is no additional cost to take a course, and members may take two courses per semester, more if available. Annual membership is $115. This does not include books, transportation, entrance fees, or special events fees. Individual classes may have additional fees. A parking permit, if required, is an additional $20.

Do I need to be retired to join LLI?

No. We are open to all adults who are interested in joining.

Can I join for half a year?

The LLI at SUNY New Paltz membership year runs from July 1 to June 30 of the following year. A person may join at any time, but we do not pro-rate the amount of the annual fee.

What kinds of volunteer work can I do?

LLI members are encouraged to join any of our committees and to help plan courses, trips, set up luncheons, and other special events, make phone calls, run AV equipment, do mailings, etc. Find a committee you like and sign up to help! As we are an all-volunteer organization, you can enhance your life and help us keep our costs down by volunteering.

What if I have an idea for a course?

Courses are developed in several ways. If you want to teach a course, please contact the curriculum committee and they can help you define and develop it. If there is a course you would like to see taught, please let us know, and we will try to find someone who is capable of teaching it.

Please bear in mind that there is no pay involved, but we do offer the opportunity to do something interesting and wonderful for an important community.

If none of the teachers are paid, why do we have to pay "so much" for membership?

Our annual membership fee of $115 is a great bargain! Most of the money goes to rental for off-campus facilities, photocopying, etc. Sometimes we contract out jobs that no one has volunteered to do or that no one has the capability of doing. By being a volunteer organization we have kept our costs down, but they cannot be totally eliminated. There is also a $20 fee for a parking permit (for your vehicle) for the SUNY New Paltz campus (normally $60), the entire sum of which goes directly to SUNY New Paltz.