The Academy for Lifelong Learning is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 corona virus and notifying members of updates as events unfold. Our host, SUNY Empire State College is taking proactive measures to protect the safety and security of students, faculty, and staff. For questions, please call Academy staff at (518) 587-2100, Jeff Shinaman x2390, or Vera Kasson x2415.

Membership Dues and Privileges

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What is the Academy?

Founded in 1992, the Academy for Lifelong Learning at Saratoga Springs (A.L.L.) is a nonprofit member-driven organization with over 350 mature learners who share a love of participatory learning. It is an independent entity, sponsored by SUNY Empire State College and affiliated with the Road Scholar Institute Network. It is designed to stimulate the mind and energize the body in classroom and social settings.

Fall classes run from mid-September to mid-November

Spring classes run from mid-April to mid-June

Special Interest Groups and special events are run throughout the year.

Academy Membership Dues and Privileges

Annual Membership: $65.00

Membership goes from July 1  to June 30.

You are welcome to join at any time during the year.

(Since membership is annual, members joining in the fall at $65 will not pay membership dues again in the spring. Eight-week Study Group Leaders receive a free annual membership worth $65.)

Academy Membership entitles you to the following benefits:

  • Eligibility to enroll in classes in the fall and spring terms
  • Participation in the Academy’s special interest groups
  • Participation in all special events and programs
  • Discount cards to local businesses and restaurants
  • Free subscription to A.L.L. The News monthly newsletter
  • Copy of A.L.L. Member Handbook
  • Opportunity to be an Academy volunteer and serve on Academy committees
  • Eligibility to submit work to “The Apple Tree,” the Academy’s literary and art journal
  • Have a vote at the annual meeting in June

A.L.L.’s Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

The Academy’s membership committee sponsors Special Interest Groups (SIGs), which are organized by our members. Bridge, book discussion, theater, classical music, gardening, cross-country skiing, snow shoeing and walking groups are examples. We will provide further details at the term kick-off luncheons.

Fall and Spring Term Kick-Off Luncheons

Held the week prior to the start of classes

Come to meet study group/class leaders, new friends, renew friendships from past years and learn more about the Academy’s programs.

Class Registration

$50 per 8-week class for each of the first 2 classes each term.  
     A member joining and taking (2) 8 week classes would pay $165.
     ($65 annual membership + $50 1st class + $50 2nd class)

$25 per 4-week class*.
      A member joining and taking a 4 week class and an 8 week class would pay $140
     ($65 annual membership + $50 1st class + $25 4-week class)

*(A class of 5 or more weeks is considered a $50 class at the fee schedule as written here)

Applications for classes will be accepted by mail in mid-July and mid-January.

Registration is on a first come, first served basis. See the term brochures for first day of registration.  After several weeks of registration, the open classes will be announced and registration for these classes will take place on a first come, first served basis by e-mail, mail or in-person. This will require a second payment for these additional classes.

To encourage good discussion, study group sizes can be limited. Please indicate your choices for courses in order of preference and also list one alternate choice. If a study group is filled, your alternate choice will be honored. Wait lists will be established for filled study groups in case space becomes available before the fall term begins. Open classes will be announced in August with registration on a first come, first served basis.


Scholarships are available each semester on a confidential basis. To apply, send your request to:  Executive Director, Academy for Lifelong Learning, 113 West Avenue, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Refund Policy

If you have to drop a class, a refund less $25 processing fee will be granted up to the start of classes. No refund requests will be honored after the start of classes. If A.L.L. cancels a study group, you’re welcome to apply for another open class. Refunds for canceled classes will be given without penalty if that is your choice.