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ALFA Registration Information

Registration Information

Registration for SPRING 2019 begins on December 5.

  • Registration will open at 8:30 a.m. on the date listed above.
  • Paper registrations received prior to Dec 5 will be processed in the order they were received starting on Dec 5.
  • Registration for courses comes on a first-come-first-serve basis.
  • Payment is due upon submission of registration. Payment may be made with a credit/debit card (preferred) or a check.

Convenient Registration Options:

Option One: Register ONLINE (preferred)
 

Register Here

  • You can register for ALFA courses online by clicking here.
  • Registration button will appear HERE when registration opens on August 1!
  • Make sure to complete your registration by hitting the final SUBMIT button. You will receive a confirmation email immediately following.

IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A CONFIRMATION EMAIL, YOU ARE NOT REGISTERED.

4 Benefits to Registering Online:

  1. Convenience - Register from ANYWHERE at anytime.
  2. Instant Confirmation - Know you got into your favorite classes right away.
  3. Fast - It only takes a couple of minutes to register.
  4. Security- Your bank account and credit card information will be directly entered into our secure system without having to send it on paper through the mail.

Need help with online registration?

  • Check out our complete step-by-step tutorial (PDF).
  • Visit your local library for help with the online registration process.
  • Visit the McKay Campus School Computer Lab on the first day of registration for a one-on-one registration session with a staff member.
  • After that, assistance will be available from the ALFA Office staff during normal office hours.

Option Two: Register by mail

We will continue to accept paper registrations by mail.  However, we are strongly encouraging everyone who can to use the online course registration system. 

Filling out the Form:

  • Download the paper registration form (PDF) or use the one provided in the paper brochure.
  • Please complete one registration form for each person taking classes. If you need additional registration forms, please download and print one from the above link.
  • Registrations must be MAILED.  No phone-in or hand-delivered registrations will be accepted.  
  • Any incomplete component may delay the processing of the registration form.
  • All registrations are processed in the order in which they are received. 
  • Please make a copy of the completed registration form for personal records.

Are you 90 or over?  Classes are free for those who are 90 or above.  If over 90, please call the ALFA office so that we can get you registered free of charge!

Payment Instructions

  • We accept credit/debit cards (Preferred) and check payments.
  • *Please note that we do not process as a paper check. We use your account and routing number to debit the charge from your account. It will show up as an ACH debit on your statement. Please see “Payment Instructions” on what we do if the amount on your check does not match the order total (for example: A class is full, etc.).
  • If you submit a PAPER REGISTRATION and pay with a CHECK, but are WAITLISTED for a portion of your order, we will process the full payment in the amount entered on the check. We will then issue a refund for the surplus amount.
  • Payment is due upon submission of registration.
  • Course, Trip, and Special Event payments are not refundable or transferable to other classes unless it is canceled.
  • **Please note: Some classes have an additional materials fee (cash only) that is due to the instructor at the first class. These fees are indicated in the course description.

General information

Enrollment:

  • Registering online is instant, so once you submit your registration and have both a receipt and an email confirmation, you can rest assured that you are official in the course. 
  • Prompt return of forms will facilitate early processing and improve the chances of getting preferred classes. Due to space limitations and instructor requests, class size varies. It is important to list alternatives in the event that first choices are not available. If no alternatives are listed, it will be assumed that none are desired. 

Confirmation:

  • If you register online: You will receive a confirmation email immediately following your completed submission. (If you do not receive this, you are NOT registered and it probably means that you didn’t chick the final submission button.)

  • If you register by paper: you will receive a confirmation by email if you provided an email address, or by mail if you did not.

ALFA Trips:

Some trips include a lunch at the venue. Please be sure to indicate your lunch choice on the registration form if lunch is included.

Food for Thought Presentations:

Although Food for Thought presentations are free and open to the public, if you are planning on attending, please be sure to register so that we know how many people will be attending.

Location of Courses:

ALFA classes are held both on campus and in various location in our community. Many classes are in the C-Wing of the McKay Campus School at Fitchburg State University, 67 Rindge Road, Fitchburg, MA. Directions to common off campus locations.

ALFA Inclement Weather Policy:

When Fitchburg State University cancels classes or has a delay, ALFA will not hold classes on that day.

Parking and Transportation:

You will receive a Temporary Parking Permit Application with a parking hang-tag in the mail.  Please bring your completed permit application to your first class, and be sure to hang your tag from your rear-view mirror facing out to avoid being ticketed by Campus Police.

MART Transportation:

  • Do you need a ride to class? All seniors who live in Fitchburg Massachusetts can call the Fitchburg Senior Center to register for MART Transportation Services 978-829-1790.Once registered, the Senior Center calls in the information to MART.

Shuttle Service:

  • Parking on campus can be quite difficult, but there is always ample, free parking at the Civic Center! Fitchburg State provides free campus shuttle transportation, serviced by MART. It is easy to use and gets you from your car to your destination without much walking. Two shuttles run on a continuous loop which usually means there is one every 10 minutes.

  • Route: Civic Center along North Street to Main Street, Fitchburg Intermodal Center and return to Civic Center. The shuttle runs continuously during posted hours.

For more information shuttle service and general transportation and parking information, please visit the ALFA Transportation Page.