Previous attendees tell us that Acton University was worth every dollar they spent. Many attendees pay their own way. For qualified applicants, 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*

 Deadline

Registration Fee

Service you receive, lectures you attend, conference meals

General Registration: $1,000

Student Registration: $600

Submit registration fee payment by May 15, 2022

 Travel Costs

Transportation to and from Grand Rapids, Michigan

Varies per attendee.

Submit travel details by May 15, 2022

 Cost of Lodging 

Nights in one of the AU hotel room blocks

Single Occupancy: $165.00 per night

Double Occupancy: $82.50 per night

Submit hotel requests by May 15, 2022


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

What does it cost to attend?

2022 General Registration Fee: $1,000

2022 Student Registration Fee: $600

 Many Acton University attendees receive financial aid 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?

All payments must be made on or before 11:59 PM EST on May 15, 2022. 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, select the “Modify Registration” button at the top of the AU registration website. You will see a payment page upon reentering your registration. When you have reached the final "Confirmation" page, your payment will be saved. You will receive an e-mail confirming your changes.

If you are paying the full conference fee without financial assistance, you will see a “Payment” page at the conclusion of your registration. Online payments may be made via credit card. We will not accept offline payments via mail.   

Do you have a refund policy?

Registrations cancelled before May 27, 2022, 12:00 AM EST, are eligible for a 100% refund.

Registrations cancelled from May 27, 2022 to June 19, 2022, are eligible for a 50% refund.

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: $400

Registration Fee for Students: $600

 

Conference applicants may apply for financial aid to help off-set the costs to attend Acton University 2022. Qualified applicants may receive limited financial aid, based on availability. Applicants who are contributing some of their own funds are more likely to receive financial aid.

 Travel Funding:

There is limited financial aid for travel expenses available to qualified applicants.

If you would like to request financial aid to travel to Grand Rapids for Acton University 2022, you will need to select “Apply for a Fellowship (Financial Assistance).”

 Financial Aid for the Registration Fee:

Fellowships and other forms of financial aid are available to qualified applicants. Financial aid options may include additional requirements before or after the conference and the amount of funding may vary. Anyone requesting financial aid or who has been invited to apply for a fellowship need to select “Apply for a Fellowship (Financial Assistance).” Financial aid will be awarded to qualified applicants based on availability.

Who attends Acton University?

In 2019, more than 1000  people attended Acton University from 80+ countries. This group included…

  • Undergraduate and graduate students studying religion, theology, economics, political science, business, philosophy, and history
  • Religious leaders from many faith traditions: pastors, priests, rabbis, seminarians, church staff, and congregational lay leaders
  • Nonprofit and development leaders from secular, political, governmental, and religious 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

This includes past attendees of Acton University, Toward a Free and Virtuous Society (FAVS), City FAVS, and Liberty & Markets colloquia.

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

Acton University is intended for adult attendees who are 18 years old on or before June 20, 2022. Minor attendees will only be accepted if they are accompanied by a legal guardian, who is also accepted to the conference. All minor attendees must have access to a personal email, distinct from their legal guardian. There are no discounts for minors or their attending guardians.

All attendees must submit an application to attend Acton University and be approved to attend the conference. Unregistered attendees, regardless of age, are not allowed to attend or participate in the conference or related activities.    

Can my spouse or family attend with me?

Spouses and family members may attend if they apply and are accepted to the conference. Acton does not guarantee the acceptance of any application. Each applicant must have a unique email address.

How do I submit a conference application?

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

How do I modify my registration?

  1. Click the “Modify Registration” button at the top right corner of the AU registration website.
  2. Fill in your email address (used to initially register) and password where requested and click the “Login” button.
  3. Upon login, you will have to access all existing forms and able make changes as necessary.
  4. All changes to your registration will be saved when you reach the final “Confirmation” page. You will receive an e-mail confirming your changes.

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 20-23, 2022 at the DeVos Place Convention Center.

Where is the nearest airport?

Attendees traveling 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 is offering a complimentary shuttle service running every half hour between the Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR) and downtown Grand Rapids area hotels. The shuttle will operate as follows:

  • Monday, June 20, 2022– 11:00am until 6:30pm
  • Friday, June 24, 2022 – 6:00am until 12:00pm (noon)

Shuttles will be located outside the luggage claim east door exit.   If you are in need of assistance or have any questions a representative at the Experience Grand Rapids kiosk will be happy to help 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.

*This information is subject to change. Confirmed attendees will receive email confirmation from the Acton University team.

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.

Does the Acton Institute sponsor US travel visas?

In the past, the Acton Institute sponsored visas for international attendees. However, due to the nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Acton Institute will not be sponsoring visas for Acton University 2022.

Acton University 2022 conference attendees must have their U.S. travel visa secured at the time of application that is valid through the dates of the conference, if applicable. Acton Institute is not responsible for fees incurred from applying for a travel visa.

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. To access the Acton hotel room block complete the “Hotel Request Form.”

Hotel requests are subject to approval and should not be considered guaranteed until confirmation is received from the Acton University team.

How do I submit a hotel room request?

To submit a hotel room request:

  1. Click the "Modify Registration" button at the top right corner of the AU registration website.
  2. Fill in your email address (used to initially register) and password where requested and click the “Login” button.
  3. Upon login, you will have to access all existing forms and able make changes as necessary.
  4. The “Hotel Request Form” heading will allow you to make a hotel room request.
  5. All changes to your registration will be saved when you reach the final “Confirmation” page. You will receive an e-mail confirming your changes.

Hotel requests are subject to approval and should not be considered guaranteed until confirmation is received from the Acton University team.

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 for all accepted attendees.

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

We understand that some guests may have dietary restrictions. Please indicate your dietary requests in your conference application and we will do our best to accommodate them. We cannot guarantee requests not included in the conference application.

Will Acton University sponsor visas?

No. Acton University will not be sponsoring visas for international participants due to planning constraints from the COVID-19 pandemic. Though we have sponsored visas in the past, this year we are not able to sponsor visas.

We welcome applications from international applicants who currently have a U.S. travel visa.

Can I attend Acton University if I am based outside of the United States, but currently have a valid visa to travel?

Yes. You will need to provide documentation of a valid visa in the Acton University application.

Will there be an online option for Acton University 2022?

AU Online 2022 will be a bit different than our online conference last year. You will able to register for a curated track within Acton University featuring highlights from our conference. This track will be fully online and include streamed Plenary sessions as well as Engage the Speaker sessions on Zoom. You will also have the opportunity to connect with other participants and watch other selected lectures live.