Academy for Lifelong Learning

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 250 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 2014 classes run from September 15 to November 17, 2014.

Spring 2015 classes run from April 6 to June 4, 2015.

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

Academy Membership Dues and Privileges

Annual Membership: $50.00

Membership goes from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015.

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

(Since membership is annual, members joining in the fall at $50 will not pay membership dues again in the spring. Eight-week Study Group Leaders receive a free annual membership worth $50.)

Academy Membership entitles you to the following benefits:

  • Eligibility to enroll in classes in the fall 2014 and spring 2015 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 June 5, 2015

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

The Academy’s membership and promotion 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 fall orientation.

Fall 2014 Membership Orientation

Thursday, September 11, 9:00 a.m.
SUNY Empire State College, 113 West Ave, Saratoga Springs, Room 143

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

Fall Class Registration

Please note new fee schedule and registration process.

$50 per 8-week class for each of the first 2 classes each term.  
     A member joining and taking (2) 8 week classes this fall would pay $150.
     ($50 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 $125
     ($50 annual membership + $50 1st class + $25 4-week class)

*(A class of 5 or more weeks is considered a full 8 week class at the fee schedule as written here)

$25 per class for each additional class based on availability. (This includes 4 week classes)
      A member joining and taking (2) 8-week classes and 1 additional class would pay $175
      ($50 annual membership + $50 1st class + $50 2nd class + $25 third class)

Applications for fall classes will be accepted by mail with a post-date no sooner than Monday, July 14.

Registration is on a first come, first served basis. Registrations will be numbered as they arrive by mail at the A.L.L. office each week. The first study group placement will be on Monday, July 21. After all first choice study group selections are placed each week, the number order will reverse for second choice placements. This will repeat the following week with applications received July 21 – 25 and placements made on July 28 as described above.  This will repeat each week with assigned classes made on Monday from all applications received the previous week. 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, 111 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 September 2. From September 3 to 15 a refund less $25 processing fee will be granted for health reasons only.  No refund requests will be honored after September 15, 2014.  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.