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    IRP members are people who have come together to create a community in which each person's learning experience is enriched through exchange with other members of diverse backgrounds and interests.

    The IRP is open to retired and semiretired people who want to participate actively in cooperative learning and instruction.

    Please refer to the Code of Conduct under The New School's Student Rights and Responsibilities for more information on the basic principles and values of the New School community.

    Becoming an IRP Member

    To be eligible for the IRP, one must possess a desire to be academically challenged, a commitment to continued intellectual exploration, and a willingness to actively participate in the organization. We welcome applications from anyone who meets these criteria.

    Prospective members should have sufficient time available during the week to attend classes and other meetings, complete assignments, and contribute to the self-governance of the institute.

    Candidates for membership in the IRP must attend an information session, submit an application (provided at the session), and participate in an interview. Owing to limited classroom space and a desire to maintain a small and engaged community, not all applications are accepted. For additional information about membership, program activities, and requirements, call 212.229.5682.

    Institute Requirements

    IRP students are expected to register each semester for at least two study groups. (Under some circumstances, one-semester leaves of absence are granted to IRP members in good standing.)

    Over time, each member is also expected to contribute to the support and maintenance of the IRP community by acting as a study group leader, serving on a working committee, or giving other significant service.

    New IRP students must attend a newcomers session led by the director, as well as two special new student workshops.


    The IRP membership fee is $1,054 for the 2017–2018 academic year or $665 for a single semester. This fee entitles each student to register for up to three IRP study groups per semester, as well as one regular New School course at half price, and to participate in other activities of the institute and the university.


    In order to make the institute affordable to all who are accepted, the Ruth and Mortimer Epstein Endowment provides scholarships for qualified students. If you need financial help, please speak with the Director of the IRP. All requests will be kept confidential.


    A student who wishes to withdraw from the IRP must do so in writing before the sixth week of the semester. A refund will be issued in the amount of tuition paid less 10 percent for each elapsed week of the semester. Failure to attend a study group is not equivalent to withdrawing.

    Leaves of Absence

    Members in good standing who plan to attend the IRP for only one semester in a school year must obtain a leave of absence, filed by the registration deadline for the semester during which they will be absent. Students on leave will still receive regular IRP mailings and may participate in all social events. Leave is not granted for more than two consecutive semesters.

    With written permission from the director, members may take a leave of absence for up to one year due to illness or other personal reasons. (See Alumni Membership below if you expect to be inactive for more than one year.)

    Members who fail to register in a fall or spring semester and have not obtained a leave of absence will be dropped from the program and must reapply for admission in order to return.

    Alumni Membership

    Members who no longer wish to be active but would like to remain involved with the IRP community can enroll as alumni by paying a $25 lifetime fee in lieu of the annual membership fee. Alumni receive IRP mailings and are invited to participate in social events. Alumni who wish to resume active membership must formally reapply.