A small price to pay for finding yourself.

Whoever, and whenever, and wherever you're at in life. We like to say our target demographic age is 18-80, whether you're just starting out your journey in life, want to chuck the 9-5 desk job and pivot to something that demands a lot of excellence and  sweat, or have retired and are looking to get your hands dirty again in some meaningful (elbow) grease or dive into some deep thoughts and use big words again, we're open to everyone.


Tuition for the twelve-month Old's Cool program (starting July 1st and January 1st) is $12,000. The six-month internship will pay a minimum of $500/week, which will equal at least $12,500, so the investment is essentially a net-zero financial proposition, with an almost unimaginable ROI, mentality-wise. Actually the ROI is measurable: it's a positive ripple in the fabric of the universe.

SPECIAL SUMMER SESSION: Tuition for the eight-week summer intensive (July 1–September 1) is $4750, total, and will include the 40 days of school, in addition to a hot lunch every day, as well as the course/shop materials and the Tool Kit. Room/board is an additional $2000.


The course materials includes: The 7 Habits of Highly Successful People; Liar’s Poker; The Prince; Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, Frankenstein, Empire of the Sun, Lord of the Flies, West with the Night; The Iliad, Moby Dick; The Gulag Archipelago; and The Road to Serfdom.

Also: a leather-bound notebook; the fantastic Pilot Metropolitan Fountain pen with ink, one pack of Ticonderoga #2 pencils, and an eraser and pencil sharpener.

Each student will also receive an Old’s Cool polo and an Old’s Cool Academy tie.


The cost for "Course Materials and Clobber" is $500.


Old's Cool Tool Kit includes Old’s Cool coveralls, gloves, safety glasses, ear plugs and tool bag, which the students will make themselves. It'll be filled with numerous essential tools starting with our old's cool pal Tim  Leatherman's Sidekick or Wingman.
Shop materials include boat building and car restoration supplies, parts, and paint.

Tool Kit and Shop Materials fee is: $750. Elbow grease is extra.

Financial Aid and Scholarships

The Academy's education is a significant (and wondrous) investment in any student's wider and wilder worldview. Our goal is to make this opportunity available to anyone who has the ways but not necessarily the means to embrace their own unlimited potential.


If you're interested in applying for financial aid, or are a company or individual interested in making a donation to our general education or our scholarship fund, please contact us directly for more information.

Old's Cool Academy is a 501 (3) (c) corporation registered in the state of Rhode Island.

The Perfect Candidate

Salena was painfully shy and self-effacing when she came to visit one of our Old's Cool Academy students, and I suggested a game of One Up! to help break the ice, and to see what she was made of.

Come to find out a lot: she quickly got the hang of it, and instead of continuing to be apologetic every time she stole a word, she became gleeful and happily ruthless. By the end of the game she was already a different person–much more confident in her intelligence, and pleased with her own cutthroat victory.

I told her she was the perfect candidate for the Old's Cool Academy: brainy, ambitious, and full of curiosity and humor. She'd never learn what would ultimately make her successful and happy at Salve Regina University–where four-eyed mouses lead other scared chipmunks and capons down dead-end rabbit holes to conformity and obedience.


And her parents, Chinese-born immigrants, would demand she get a diploma, even though they told her she wasn't as smart as her Ivy-League siblings and cousins–which would leave her boxed in, trapped forever in feelings of mediocrity and obligation.


She's got a lot wrapped up emotionally and financially in her diploma at this late stage of the game, but we can still encourage and inspire her to break her bonds, come aboard, and set herself and her fabulous potential free, loosed upon an unsuspecting but welcoming world.