Frequently Asked Questions

Previous attendees tell us that Acton University was worth every dollar they spent. Many attendees pay their own way. For qualified applicants, scholarships and funding may be available from our generous donors. If you would like to apply for financial aid, you must request it during the application process.

   Includes  Cost*  You Owe  Deadline
 Cost of Registration Service you receive, lectures you attend, food you eat Registration Fee: $800.00 $800.00 (minus fellowship if awarded)

Need registration fee payment by…

International: 5/1/2019

Domestic: 5/22/2019

 Cost of Travel Transportation to and from Grand Rapids Varies per attendee. Cost exceeding travel scholarship amount if awarded

Need travel details by…

International: 5/1/2019

Domestic: 5/22/2019

 Cost of Lodging  Nights in one of the AU hotel room blocks Approximately $147 per night, depending on hotel.

Without roommate: $588

With roommate: $294

With scholarship: $0-$294

Need hotel room requests by...

International: 5/1/2019

Domestic: 5/1/2019


*There is financial assistance available for registration, travel, and lodging through the application process.

 

What does it cost to attend?

2019 Registration Fee: $800.00

Many Acton University attendees receive financial assistance thanks to our generous donors. In turn, this aid is applied to the cost of the event, including speaker fees, meals, beverages, and evening hospitality.

 

When is my registration fee due?

International Applicants: May 1, 2019

Domestic Applicants: May 22, 2019

All payments must be made on or before 12:00am EST on the assigned deadline. If the final payment is not received on the assigned deadline, you will lose your place at Acton University and your registration will be cancelled.

 

How do I pay the registration fee?

Once you are accepted to Acton University, you will see a payment link in your registration summary page. Online payment can be made via credit card or PayPal.

If you live in the U.S. and prefer to mail your payment, select the appropriate offline payment option in your registration, fill out the Offline Payment Form, and mail to the Acton Institute. We will not accept cash payments via mail.

 

Do you have a refund policy?

If you cancel on or before May 20, 2019, you will receive full refund. If a cancellation occurs after the below deadlines, no refund will be issued.

 

Who is eligible for the student discount for Acton University?

To qualify for the discounted student rate, a participant must be currently enrolled (part-time or full-time) at a college, seminary, or university.

Student Discount: $250.00

Registration Fee for Students: $550.00

Conference applicants may apply for financial assistance to help off-set the costs to attend Acton University 2019. Qualified applicants may receive limited financial assistance, based on availability. Applicants who are contributing some of their own funds are more likely to receive financial assistance.

 

Travel Funding:

There is limited financial assistance for travel expenses available to qualifying applicants.

If you would like to request financial assistance to travel to Grand Rapids for Acton University 2019, you will need to:

  1. choose a Financial Assistance application type, and
  2. answer the questions found in the “Financial Assistance” section at the end of the online Acton University application form.

 

Financial Assistance for the Registration Fee:

Fellowship programs and other financial assistance are available to qualifying applicants. This financial assistance may include additional requirements before or after the conference and the amount of funding may vary.

  • Invited to Apply: If you have been invited to apply for a specific fellowship program to attend Acton University 2019, you will need to choose a Financial Assistance application type and answer the related question in the “Financial Assistance” section at the end of the application form. Be prepared to provide the name of the fellowship program and the name of person who invited you to apply.
  • Not Invited to Apply: If you would like to request financial assistance for the conference fee, but have not been invited to apply for a specific fellowship program to attend Acton University 2019, you will need to choose a Financial Assistance application type and answer the related question found in the “Financial Assistance” section at the end of the conference application form. Financial assistance will be awarded to qualifying applicants based on availability.

 

Who attends Acton University?

In 2018, more than 1,000 attendees attended Acton University from 70+ countries. This group included…

  • Undergraduate and graduate students studying religion, theology, economics, political science, business, philosophy, and history
  • Faith-based leaders from many faith traditions: pastors, priests, seminarians, church staff, and congregational lay leaders
  • Nonprofit and development leaders from secular, political, governmental, and faith-based backgrounds
  • Business and economic leaders, teachers, and students
  • Entrepreneurs, small business leaders, and those who aspire to be
  • Academics: professors, doctoral candidates, and university support staff
  • Everyday citizens who want to learn more about the connection between religion, liberty, and sound economic principles

 

What is an Acton Alumnus?

Anyone who has attended Acton’s four core lectures is an Acton alumnus. These lectures cover the foundations of:

  1. Christian Anthropology
  2. Natural Law
  3. Basic Economics
  4. Good Governance

 

How old do you need to be to attend Acton University?

Attendees must be 18 years old on or before June 18, 2019. If younger than 18 years, the attendee must be accompanied by a legal guardian who is accepted into, pays for, and attends the conference with them.

 

Can my spouse attend with me?

Spouses may attend if they apply and are accepted to the conference. However, if your spouse applies and is not accepted to Acton University, they will be unable to take part in conference activities.

How do I submit a conference application?

  1. Click the “Apply Now” button.
  2. Provide your name and email address in the spaces provided. (Email is the primary method of conference communication and identification.)
  3. Choose the correct application type from the list.
  4. Follow the instructions to submit an application form.

 

Which “Application Type” should I choose?

Domestic Applicant – No Financial Assistance:

Please use this application type if you are not requesting any financial assistance from the Acton Institute and will be personally paying the full conference fee, including travel and lodging, and you:

  • are a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States or Canada
  • have been granted Asylee, Refugee or Paroled in the Public Interest status by the United States government, or
  • are in the United States or Canada on an educational, worker, or visitor visa who is a citizen or permanent resident of a different country.

 

Domestic Applicant – Financial Assistance:

Please use this application type if you intend to request help paying for the conference from the Acton Institute and you:

  • are a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States or Canada
  • have been granted Asylee, Refugee or Paroled in the Public Interest status by the United States government, or
  • are in the United States or Canada on an educational, worker, or visitor visa who is a citizen or permanent resident of a different country.

 

International Applicant – No Financial Assistance:

Please use this application type if you are not requesting any financial assistance from the Acton Institute and will be personally paying the full conference fee, including travel and lodging, and you are:

  • a citizen or permanent resident of a country to which they intend to return other than the United States or Canada.

By using this application type, you are acknowledging that you do not need:

  • a discounted registration fee, or
  • a travel scholarship, or
  • a discounted lodging expense.

 

International Applicant – Financial Assistance:

Please use this application type if you intend to request help paying for the conference from the Acton Institute and you are:

  • a citizen or permanent resident of a country to which they intend to return other than the United States or Canada.

By using this application type, you are requesting financial assistance to attend Acton University. This financial assistance may be:

  • a discounted registration fee, or
  • a travel scholarship, or
  • a discounted lodging expense.

 

How do I modify my registration?

  1. Click the “My Profile” button at the bottom or the top of the AU website. (http://university.acton.org/)
  2. Click the small link that says “Already Registered”.
  3. Fill in your email address and Registration Code (found in your acceptance email) where requested and click “OK” to log in.
  4. Click “Modify” to access existing forms and make changes as necessary.

When I'm filling out the registration form, why can't I choose certain lectures?

First-time attendees are required to attend Acton’s core lectures, which are offered during sessions 1 through 4. If you are not an alumnus, you must attend the four core lectures.

 

What are the core lectures?

The four core lectures provide the framework and intellectual context for Acton University. These lectures form the foundation from which all other courses draw on. We require all first-time attendees to attend the core lectures. The titles of the core lectures are:

  1. Christian Vision of the Person and Society
  2. Natural Law and Human Flourishing
  3. Economic Way of Thinking
  4. Christian Vision of a Free Government

Where does Acton University take place?

Grand Rapids, Michigan, from June 18-21, 2019 at the DeVos Place Convention Center.

 

Where is the nearest airport?

Attendees travelling by plane fly into the Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR), which is located 13 miles (approx. 15-20 minutes) southeast of downtown Grand Rapids.

 

Will there be a shuttle from the airport to my hotel?

Acton University provides complimentary shuttle service to and from the Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR) and the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. The shuttle will operate as follows:

  • Tuesday, June 18, 2019 – 11:00am until 6:30pm
  • Saturday, June 22, 2019 – 6:00am until 12:00pm

When you arrive on Tuesday, June 18, an Acton representative will be at the baggage claim to direct you.

Acton University does not arrange for transportation to or from the airport outside of these assigned times. If, for any reason, you miss the complimentary shuttle service as outlined above, you will be responsible for your additional travel expenses. The Acton Institute is not responsible for additional costs incurred.

 

Can I travel by bus or train?

Downtown Grand Rapids has a train station and bus station. Both are located less than 2 miles (approx. 6 minutes by car) from the conference site and area hotels.

 

I plan to drive to Grand Rapids– is there any parking available?

Yes. You are responsible for the all parking fees. If you are staying at one of the designated hotels, you can park in the hotel lot. If you are commuting on a daily basis, the closest local parking lots are:

You can read more information about City of Grand Rapids Parking here.

 

What is proper attire for the conference and what should I bring?

Proper attire for AU is business casual. We also recommend that everyone bring an umbrella and light jacket/sweater.

 

How do I apply for a US travel visa?

Conference attendees are responsible for securing their U.S. travel visa, if applicable. Acton Institute is not responsible for fees incurred from applying for a travel visa. If you need any supplemental conference documentation, please contact the Acton University team.

What are my hotel lodging options?

Acton University has special room blocks at hotels in downtown Grand Rapids within an easy walk to DeVos Place Convention Center.

  • Amway Grand Plaza Hotel
  • Courtyard by Marriott Hotel
  • JW Marriott Hotel

Attendees may submit a hotel room request during the registration process.

Will meals be provided?

Yes. The cost of meals, evening receptions, and beverages for the duration of the event are included in the conference fee.

 

Are you able to accommodate food related allergy/dietary requests?

We understand that some guests may have dietary restrictions. Please indicate your food requests in your conference application.