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:

  • 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 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.

  • 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.


  • 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.

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

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

Other websites to seek scholarship opportunities:

Colleges Attended by the Class of 2018

Academy of Art University

Allegheny College

Anglo-American University

Arizona State University

Bentley University

Boston University (5)

Brandeis University (3)

Bryant University

Castleton University (3)

Champlain College (3)

Christian Brothers University

Clark University

Colorado State University

Community College of Vermont

Concordia University

Cornell University

Dalhousie University

Eastern Maine Community College

Eckerd College

Emmanuel College (3)

Florida International University

Franciscan University of Steubenville

Full Sail University

Gemology Institute of America

Georgia College

Gordon College

Hamilton College (2)

High Point University

Hofstra University

Husson University (2)

InterDec College in Montreal

Istituto Marangoni, London

Ithaca College

Johnson & Wales University (4)

Keene State University (2)

Los Angeles City College

Lynn University (2)

Maine College of Art

Maine College of Health Professions

Maine Maritime Academy

Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Massachusetts Maritime Academy

McGill University

Mercyhurst University

Miami University, Oxford

Michigan State University

Nazareth College

North Carolina State University

Northeastern University (2)

Northern Vermont University - Johnson

Northern Vermont University - Lyndon (25)

Norwich University (3)

Pace University

Pennsylvania State University (2)

Pensacola Christian College

Plymouth State University (4)

Pratt Institute

Purdue University

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute

Rochester Institute of Technology

Saint Mary's University (2)

San Diego Miramar College

Santa Monica College

Savannah College of Art and Design

Simmons College

Skidmore College

Southern Maine Community College

Southern New Hampshire University

St. John's University

St. Lawrence University

SUNY College of Technology at Canton

The Culinary Institute of America (2)

The George Washington University

The Landing School

The University of Arizona (3)

The University of Northwestern Ohio

Tiffin University

Trinity College in Dublin

Union College

Universidad Panamericana

University of California, Berkeley

University of California, Davis

University of California, Riverside

University of California, San Diego (3)

University of Connecticut (2)

University of Illinois at Chicago (2)

University of King's College (2)

University of Maine (2)

University of Maine at Farmington

University of Massachusetts, Amherst

University of Miami

University of Michigan

University of New England

University of New Hampshire (3)

University of Ottawa

University of Pittsburgh

University of Rhode Island

University of Southern California

University of South Carolina

University of Southern Maine (4)

University of St. Andrews, Scotland

University of the Pacific (2)

University of Vermont (14)

Vassar College

Virginia Tech

Washington University in St. Louis

Wentworth Institute of Technology (4)

West Virginia University

White Mountains Community College

Woodbury University

Worcester Polytechnic Institute