The Georgia College Advising Corps (GCAC) works in underserved high schools throughout Georgia to increase the number of low-income, first-generation, and underrepresented students who attend and complete higher education. We help students find their way to college by placing well-trained, recent college graduates in high schools to work one-on-one with students as they navigate the complex college admissions process, including researching college options, completing applications, and applying for financial aid.
The Georgia College Advising Corps meets a critical need. Although postsecondary education is essential to economic security, many students do not have the support needed to chart a path to success after graduation. This is especially true in Georgia’s high schools, where the average student-to-counselor ratio is 490:1. College enrollment can be even more challenging for our highest need students, who often do not have access to the resources and guidance necessary to enroll in college and secure financial aid.
GCAC advisers transform lives and communities by leading students to college. During the 2018-2019 academic year, GCAC advisers served 4,400 students, leading over 14,700 individual meetings with high school seniors to help them chart paths to success after graduation. High school seniors who meet with a GCAC college adviser are:
|→ 40% more likely to apply to at least one college|
|→ 37% more likely to apply for a scholarship|
|→ 32% more likely to submit the FAFSA|
In 2009 the Institute of Higher Education partnered with the College Advising Corps to launch the Georgia College Advising Corps. The program began with just 4 college advisers serving in 4 high schools. Thanks to the efforts of GCAC’s staff and the support of our funders and partners, the program has shown tremendous growth in the past decade. Since 2009, 73 college advisers have served with GCAC, and those advisers have reached over 28,500 high school seniors. In its tenth year of service GCAC will place 23 college advisers in 17 high schools across Georgia.
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