The ACBL’s Lifelong Learning Program is designed to introduce the game of bridge to adults age 50 or older through continuing education programs offered through colleges or universities. Sponsored by the ACBL, this program includes teacher stipends, textbooks and other materials for your classes.


Once you have a good idea about the number of students, you can request supplies by clicking the button below.

Receive Supplies

Upon receipt of your email, you will be sent the following items:

  • Bidding in the 21st Century Teacher Manual; Qty (1) for the teacher
  • Bidding in the 21st Century Book; Qty (1) for each student
  • Bidding in the 21st Century Playing Cards; Qty (1) for every table or every four students


Use of Teacher Manual/Books

There is no requirement on the number of lessons that need to be completed in your class. Some classes move faster than others. These books are meant to act as a guide and to give a structure to one method of teaching bridge. Feel free to try different timelines if you think it would suit your class. We would be particularly interested in hearing about new approaches that are successful.



You can qualify for a stipend if you are not getting paid more than $150 by the school or other agency for your time. For every class of at least eight students who receive 16 or more hours of bridge instruction and play, you qualify for a $350 stipend. If multiple classes are held, each class will need a separate form listing dates, times and students of that particular class. ACBL will pay up to five (5) stipends per college or university per semester with a maximum of 10 stipends per college or university program per calendar year.

To qualify for the stipend, the following must be complete:

  • ACBL membership dues must be current.
  • Completed W9 on file with the ACBL, if teaching in the U.S
  • Completed W-8BEN form if teaching in Canada
  • Completed ACBL Teacher Stipend Request Form, signed by school administrator
  • Paperwork must be submitted within 30 days of class completion

All stipend documentation can be scanned and emailed to Alternatively, the documentation can be sent to:

Education Department

6575 Windchase Blvd

Horn Lake MS 38637

Stipend requests should be signed by the authorized school administrator and sent within 30 days of the completion of the class. Requests will not be processed prior to the end of class date. Upon receipt of all appropriate and complete documentation, a check will be sent to the home address of the teacher within a few weeks.

*Teachers must be ACBL members to receive the stipend.

Teacher Stipend Request Form