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Outdoor Leadership Program

Higher Education for Adventure Guides and Instructors

Costs

Approximate expenses for the Outdoor Leadership Program are broken down below.

Tuition and fees for fall & spring semesters * $7,267
Basic personal expenses $1,240 – $2,965
Additional trip expenses $1,000 – $1,495
Other educational expenses $917
Total for two semesters of OLP $8,793 – $11,613
Compare to one semester of National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) $7,200 – $8,900

* In-state tuition only; out-of-state tuition for one semester (assumes in-state residency in spring), $5,058; NEBHE residents add $702 per semester. Costs include tuition for 36 credits per semester, college service fees for 36 credits per semester, and OLP-specific fees for the year. Tuition and fees are based on the current state budget. This can change year to year; call for the current cost, or contact the Business Office for up-to-date figures.

Basic personal expenses

While the initial equipment expense of entering the field is considerable, your purchases will carry you for many years to come. Options exist for renting or borrowing some of the more expensive items like winter sleeping bags, double plastic boots, and dry suits. OLP does not want equipment to be a limiting factor in you education. We will make every effort to find ways to get you outfitted for the year. Please inquire directly will the staff.

You are wise to explore advertised sales at discount houses such as Sierra Trading Post and Campmor and the 20% pro deals offered to OLP students at some local outfitters. Other strategies to reduce expenses include sewing some of your gear and borrowing or renting items such as winter sleeping bags.

  • Backpack (6000+ cu. inches) – $175-475
  • Bivy sack – $75-150
  • Fleece pants – $60-80
  • Fleece pullover – $60-80
  • Fleece vest – $35-60
  • Headlamp $20-60
  • Hiking boots – $150-250
  • Raingear (tops & bottoms) – $70-150
  • Synthetic long underwear (tops & bottoms) – $40-70
  • Expedition-weight long underwear (tops & bottoms) – $70-90
  • Sleeping bag (rated below 0°) – $250-550
  • Sleeping pad – $15-55
  • Sunglasses – $30-65
  • Windbreaker – $40-80
  • Winter parka – $150-400
  • Winter gloves or shell mitts – $30-50
  • Miscellaneous gear – $20-400
  • Total – $1,240 – $2,965

Additional trip expenses

  • Crampons (mountaineering option, rentals available) – $140-175
  • Gaiters (backcountry ski option) – $30-60
  • Plastic boots (mountaineering option, rentals available) – $250-350
  • Plastic sled (both trips) – $20-30
  • Super gaiters (mountaineering option) – $90-100
  • Sorels (backcountry ski option) – $50-90
  • Drysuit (river crossing & whitewater course) – $200-350
  • Miscellaneous gear – $200-300
  • Total – $1,000 – $1,495

Other educational expenses

  • Books – $300
  • Certification fees – $350
  • Leader’s First Aid Kit – $30-45
  • Total – $700
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