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(Frequently Asked Questions)

The first eight questions relate to the merger of the Academy for Lifelong Learning and the McGrath Computer Learning Center in 2021. The remaining questions relate more directly to how the Center operates to give members the opportunity to learn about various topics.

The two organizations saw opportunities for increased outreach, improved efficiency of operations, and better use of resources to improve the variety of courses to offer to Aiken area adults.

Yes. The Academy taught courses on history, art, well being, music, cooking, literature, and others. These will be continued as General Interest courses by the Center. McGrath taught courses in the use of personal technology such as computers and smartphones. These will be continued as Technology courses.

Yes. The Academy previously used a flat membership fee per semester and McGrath charged for each course. The new fee structure will combine those approaches. A membership fee of $35.00 will be charged to take any course. Each course will have a small additional fee based on the number of times the class meets.

The day-to-day activities of the Center are run by a governing board staffed by volunteers. That board interfaces with the University to coordinate resources and find classrooms for the classes. The Center abides by all University policies and procedures, but it is self-supporting and self-governing.

The University provides support, administrative services, and physical facilities to the Center. The Center interfaces directly with the UofSC Aiken Office of External Programs, Continuing Education, and Conferences.

Any adult who enjoys continuing to learn may take classes. Our students are mostly in the retirement-age group since our classes are all taught during the daytime hours.

Classes will start September 7. Registration/Open House will be August 17 at 9:00 AM in Room 134 of the Business & Education Building on campus. Online registration will also be open at that time.

If you have recently taken classes at the Academy or McGrath, you will receive a catalog by mail in early August. If you’ve never taken classes at either organization, you may request a fall catalog by calling 803-641-3741 or by signing up online when the new website is active. The list of courses will also be on the website in early August.

Just let us know! We are always looking for new volunteers interested in helping others to learn. You may let us know by emailing us. If you are registering for a course, there is also a place on the form to indicate you would like to volunteer.

We mail our printed catalog two times a year, about four to six weeks before a semester begins. To get on our mailing list, send your name, street address, city, state, and zip code to or fill out our online sign-up form. You may also download a PDF copy of the catalog by clicking here.

Under certain circumstances, UofSC Aiken classes may be free of tuition for those at least 60 years old. However, while the Center is affiliated with the UofSC Aiken Office of External Programs, Continuing Education, and Conferences, it is not a part of the state-supported university and our classes are not covered by that policy.

This is the frequently asked questions (FAQ) page of the Center for Lifelong Learning at the University of South Carolina at Aiken. The items on this page relate to the curriculum and activities of the Center, especially questions that prospective members may have. If you have other questions, please call us at 803-641-3741 or email us at

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