Early College and Jump Start Programs

Earn college credits while still in high school!

Student at pottery wheelJohnson State College offers two non-residential programs just for high school students: Early College for seniors, and Jump Start for both juniors and seniors.

Both allow you to choose from a variety of courses at JSC while exploring your choice of major and experiencing the college academic environment — and each course you successfully complete at JSC counts toward both high school and college.

You must be at least 16 years old and enrolled full time in high school or in an approved home-school program in order to be considered for admission to either program.

Early College Program

Spend your senior year of high school taking classes at Johnson State College.

Earn up to 30 college credits over two semesters at no cost for tuition.

Complete your high school graduation requirements at the same time.

Enjoy access to JSC's many campus resources without living on campus.

Sign up for JSC's Early College Program in the Fine, Creative or Performing Arts, or design your own program of study.

Apply by April 1 for fall enrollment.

Jump Start Program

Take up to two tuition-free courses at Johnson State College after completing your sophomore year of high school

Earn up to 8 college credits (4 per course) at no cost for tuition.

No application deadlines! You'll be considered for the next available semester upon receipt of your application.


Early College and Jump Start at Johnson State are made possible by Vermont's Flexible Pathways Initiative. Tuition is free, but students are expected to cover the cost of books and any course fees.

How to Apply

Complete the Early College/Jump Start application.

Request a letter of recommendation from your guidance counselor or home-school coordinator.

If you've taken the SAT or ACT exam, provide a copy of your test results.

Obtain a copy of your high school transcript.

If applying for Early College, include your essay.

Submit all of the above — by email, fax or mail to:
Joye Lyon
Admissions Office
Johnson State College
337 College Hill, Johnson, VT 05656
Email: joye.lyon@jsc.edu
Fax: 802-635-1230


Contact Joye Lyon at joye.lyon@jsc.edu or 802-635-1218.