Financial Aid


Below you will find some helpful information on our K-6 financial assistance program. To receive a comprehensive application packet, please contact the school at 518-583-0841.

Financial Assistance Overview

While the availability of school resources, the number of qualified applicants, and overall budgetary constraints influence financial assistance decisions, Saratoga Independent School is committed to financially supporting as many eligible applicants as possible.

In an effort to make the process fair to all, Saratoga Independent School considers the following when making award decisions:

  • The primary responsibility for financing a student’s education rests with the family.
  • Both parents are expected to contribute to tuition (if applicable). If a parent chooses not to work, Saratoga Independent School imputes an annual income for a non-working parent.
  • In the case of divorce or separation, Saratoga Independent School requires both parents to file an application for financial assistance. Saratoga Independent School is not bound by any divorce agreement specifying a parent’s responsibility for educational expenses.
  • Saratoga Independent School believes a family should invest in their child’s education before elective expenses, for example, secondary home ownership, club memberships, and expensive car leases/purchases.

Application Process

Please contact the school to schedule your tour with our Director of School, Felice Karlitz. Once you have visited the school and are interested in applying, we will provide you with a financial aid packet. The packet contains the school’s financial aid policy, parent worksheet, confidential tax return mailing envelope, and instructions on how to apply online using the FAST system.

To complete the online FAST application, please click here.

*Please note that there is a non-refundable $43 application fee paid via credit card at the conclusion of the online application.

Application Deadlines for 2017-2018 School Year

March 16 – Deadline for returning families to complete FAST School Financial Aid Form Online. *Make sure to keep a copy of this form, and date when it was submitted. Before submitting electronically you can print a copy of your completed form.

April 3– Returning families must accept or decline financial aid award, by signing a contract and submitting the required deposit to hold space. (Awards are given pending receipt and verification of IRS documents)

April 13  – Deadline for new families to complete FAST School Financial Aid Form Online.  *Make sure to keep a copy of this form, and date when it was submitted. Before submitting electronically you can print a copy of your completed form.

April 20 – New families must accept or decline financial aid award, by signing a contract and submitting the required deposit to hold space. (Awards are given pending receipt and verification of  IRS documents)

May 1 – Deadline for submitting a copy of signed IRS Form-1040 and IRS Form W-2 (to verify personal income) to FAST using submission envelope.

March through May – Committee will review and make determinations on all complete applications.

The committee is unable to guarantee awards of funds after April 20 for incomplete applications and those who complete the process at a later date.