Institute Application Instructions

Each student will have to create an account on JSAConnect (previously known as MyJSA). If you already have an account on MyJSA, your login credentials will work for JSAConnect, and your profile information is still saved in your account.

Students can register, check their invoice, and pay online at JSAConnect. Fees must be paid before the program, or the students will not be allowed to attend. The easiest and most secure way is to pay online via the JSAConnect portal. Other options include mailing in a check to our office or calling to pay over the phone. 

How to Apply for an Institute

Create a JSAConnect Account: All students are required to create a JSAConnect account. Students should use correct information and their primary e­mail account to register. Once you sign up, you will be sent an email with a link to confirm your email. Please check your inbox and spam folder for the confirmation email.

  • Locked out of your account? If you already had a MyJSA account, use those credentials to login to JSAConnect. If the "forgot password" button is sending you through a loop, email and we will manually send a password reset link to you.
  • Can't find your high school? Type "Not Listed" into the search box and choose your state of residence. For example, if you live in Illinois, you will choose "Not Listed - IL".

Register on JSAConnect: Students can register individually and pay for themselves on JSAConnect. Alternatively, the chapter can register together and pay together. You can register for an event on JSAConnect by going to "My Activities". Scroll through all activities and click "register" on the event you want to attend. 

  • Essay: You are required to write a short essay, which you can submit into JSAConnect. Prompt: "Please write about a political topic which you care about and why." Max 500 words (there is no word minimum). Our staff will review the essay before proceeding to approval.

Payments: Once your application is approved, credit card payments may be made online on JSAConnect. Checks can be made out to JSA and sent to our California headquarters (see address below). We highly recommend paying by credit card online, since we will need to receive payment before you can attend the convention. 

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Students must always conduct themselves according to the highest standards of behavior. Students must be considerate of, and respect the rights of, other students and staff, and use appropriate and respectful language at all times. Hazing or any action that creates physical discomfort or intends to embarrass or harass another student will not be tolerated. Inappropriate behavior will not be tolerated and may result in expulsion from the event. 

Contact and Address

Send checks to: 

The Junior State of America

70 Washington Street, Suite 320

Oakland, CA 94607


General Email:

JSAConnect Questions:

Fax: (650) 347-7200