College Counseling

Because of the very diverse group of students at St. Johnsbury Academy, our approach to College Counseling is student-based, thorough, and wide-ranging. Each year, we place students at top universities and liberal arts colleges, culinary schools, fashion design schools, fine arts schools, engineering schools, technical colleges, and an array of other 2- and 4-year institutions.

Senior College To-Do List

SJA Guidance Department Recommendations:

August/September
  • Start outlining essay ideas.
  • Ask teachers for letters of recommendations if you have not done so already during your junior year. Plan early and ask ahead.
  • Visit any of your college choices that you haven’t seen already.
  • Work hard to keep your grades up. Admissions committees will closely review your work during the first semester of your senior year.
  • Review and determine your application deadlines. Some are as early as October 1st!
  • Keep an eye out for a date for a VSAC financial aid presentation evening. Highly encouraged for all college bound seniors and their parent(s).

October
October 1st- FAFSA, CSS Profile and VSAC grant applications will be available. We encourage all families to submit by November 1st, but please check your schools’ websites for their financial aid deadlines. Also, please research your colleges to see if they have school specific financial aid forms.

November
  • If you are applying early, don’t miss the November deadline. Please check your school for the specific deadline.
  • This is your last chance to register for and take the SAT and ACT for use in many selective college scholarships programs.

December

  • Complete applications and meet with your counselor.
  • If necessary, use the holiday break to put the finishing touches on applications. Don’t forget, teachers and counselors are on vacation, so you should have most of the important pieces of your application already completed.

Standardized Testing

The SAT and TOEFL tests (SJA students only) are offered on campus several times each year. SAT test prep classes are also available.

2016–2017 SAT Test Dates
Test DatesTestRegistration Deadline Late Registration Deadline
October 1, 2016SAT & Subject TestsSeptember 1, 2016September 20, 2016
November 5, 2016SAT & Subject TestsOctober 7, 2016October 25, 2016
December 3, 2016SAT & Subject TestsNovember 3, 2016November 22, 2016
January 21, 2017SAT & Subject TestsDecember 21, 2016January 10, 2017
March 11, 2017SAT onlyFebruary 10, 2017February 28, 2017
May 6, 2017SAT & Subject TestsApril 7, 2017April 25, 2017
June 3, 2017SAT & Subject TestsMay 9, 2017May 24, 2017

Important Information About U.S. Registration
  • U.S. deadlines apply to students testing in the United States and U.S. territories
  • U.S. registration materials that are mailed must be postmarked by the U.S. deadlines. The deadlines expire at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, U.S.A.
  • On March 11, only the SAT is offered.
  • Sunday administrations usually occur the day after each Saturday test date, for students who cannot test on Saturday due to religious observance.
  • The Language with Listening Tests are offered only in November.
  • St. Johnsbury Academy Test Center Number: 46-195
  • Register for SAT Reasoning and Subject Tests at www.collegeboard.com (you will need a credit card), or pick up a registration bulletin in the Guidance Office.

2016–2017 ACT Test Dates
Test DateRegistration DeadlineLate Registration Deadline
September 10, 2016August 5, 2016August 19, 2016
October 22, 2016September 16, 2016September 30, 2016
December 10, 2016November 4, 2016November 18, 2016
February 11, 2016January 13, 2017January 20, 2017
April 8, 2017March 3, 2017March 17, 2017
June 10, 2017May 5, 2017May 19, 2017

Register for the ACT Test.

Financial Aid for College

What can you do to prepare?

1. Your Federal Student Aid (FSA) ID
An FSA ID is a username and password that you must use to log in to certain U.S. Department of Education (ED) websites, including fafsa.gov.

Anyone who plans to fill out the 2017–18 FAFSA should create an FSA ID as soon as possible.

If you are required to provide parent information on your FAFSA, your parent should create an FSA ID too.*

*We have included a sheet to record your FSA ID information to keep for your records.

Because your FSA ID is equivalent to your signature, parents and students each need to create their own FSA IDs using separate email addresses. Parents should not create an FSA ID for their child and vice versa.

In some situations, you may need to wait up to three days to use your FSA ID after creating it. If you want to avoid FAFSA delays, create your FSA ID now.

2. Your Social Security number
You can find the number on your Social Security card. If you don’t have access to it, and don’t know where it is, ask your parent or legal guardian or get a new or replacement Social Security card from the Social Security Administration. If you are not a U.S. citizen, but meet Federal Student Aid’s basic eligibility requirements, you’ll need your Alien Registration number.

3. Your driver’s license number
If you don’t have a driver’s license, then don’t worry about this step.

4. Your 2015 tax records
Beginning with the 2017–18 FAFSA, you will be required to report income information from an earlier tax year.

On the 2017–18 FAFSA, you (and your parents, as appropriate) will report your 2015 income information, rather than your 2016 income information.

Since you’ll already have filed your 2015 taxes by the time the FAFSA launches, you’ll be able to import your tax information into the FAFSA right away using the IRS Data Retrieval Tool. (No more logging back in to update after filing taxes!)

You do not have the option to report your 2016 tax information. We understand that for some families, 2015 income doesn’t accurately reflect your current financial situation. If you have experienced a loss in income since the 2015 tax year, you should complete the FAFSA with the info it asks for (2015), and then contact each of the schools to which you’re applying to explain and document the change in income. They have the ability to assess your situation and make adjustments to your FAFSA.

You cannot update your 2017–18 FAFSA with your 2016 tax information after filing 2016 taxes. 2015 information is what’s required. No updates necessary; no updates allowed.

5. Records of your untaxed income
The FAFSA questions about untaxed income may or may not apply to you, but they include things like child support received, interest income, and veterans’ non-education benefits. On the 2017–18 FAFSA, you’ll report 2015 tax or calendar year information when asked these questions.

6. Records of all your assets (money)
This includes savings and checking account balances, as well as investments such as stocks and bonds and real estate. You should report the current amounts as of the date you sign the FAFSA, rather than the 2015 tax year amounts.

7. List of the school(s) you are interested in attending
Two-thirds of precollege FAFSA applicants list only one school on their applications. For many, that could be a mistake.

Be sure to add any college you’re considering, even if you haven’t applied or been accepted yet. This is more important than ever now that the FAFSA is launching earlier. Even if there is only a slight chance you’ll apply to a college, add it to your FAFSA. You can always remove schools later if you decide not to apply, but if you wait to add a school, you could miss out on first come, first served financial aid.

The schools you list on your FAFSA will automatically receive your FAFSA results electronically. They will use your FAFSA information to determine the types and amounts of financial aid you may receive.

If you add a school to your FAFSA and later decide not to apply for admission to that school, that’s OK. The school likely won’t offer you aid until you’ve been accepted anyway.

You can list up to 10 schools on your FAFSA at a time.

Start looking for scholarship opportunities: All families applying for financial aid must complete the FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Other websites to seek scholarship opportunities:
www.finaid.org
www.fastweb.org
www.vsac.org
scholarships.com

Colleges Attended by the Class of 2017

Acadia University
American University
Augustine College
Belmont University
Boston University
Bryant University
Carleton University
Carnegie Mellon University
Castleton University
Central Maine Community College
Chapman School of Seamanship
Clark University
Clarkson University
Colby-Sawyer College
Community College of Vermont
Cornell College
Cornell University
Culinary Institute of America
Dalhousie University
Daytona State College
Dean College
Denison University
Drew University
Drexel University
Eastern Kentucky University
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
ESCP Europe
Fisher College
Florida State University
Green Mountain College
Griffith College
Hampshire College
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Husson University
Imperial College London
Indiana State University
Indiana University at Bloomington
Johnson & Wales University
Johnson State College
Kalamazoo College
Loyola University Maryland
Lyndon State College
Lynn University
Macalester College
Maine Maritime Academy
Maryland Institute College of Art
McMaster University
Merrimack College
Michigan State University
Middlebury College
Mississippi State University
Mitchell College
Mount Holyoke College
New York University
Nihon University, Japan
Northeastern University
Norwich University
Nova Scotia College of Art and Design
Palm Beach Atlantic University
Pennsylvania State University
Plymouth State University
Pratt Institute
Purdue University
Rensselaer Polytech Institute
Rhode Island School of Design
Rivier University
Saint Anselm College
Saint Michael's College
Savannah College of Art and Design
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
School of Visual Arts
Siena Heights University
Spelman College
St. Lawrence University
St. Olaf College
Stonehill College
Suffolk University
SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry
Swansea University
Syracuse University
The College of Wooster
The University of Alabama
The University of Arizona
The University of Northwestern Ohio
Thomas College
Tiffin University
Trinity College
University of California, Berkeley
Universidad Anahuac Mexico
University of California, Davis
University of California, Irvine
University of Colorado at Boulder
University of Hartford
University of Kentucky
University of Maine
University of Michigan
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
University of New England
University of New Hampshire at Durham
University of North Dakota
University of Rhode Island
University of Southern Maine
University of St. Andrews
University of Vermont
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin, Madison
Vermont Technical College
Wheaton College
White Mountains Community College

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