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Volunteer FAQs

As a college admissions representative, am I allowed to recruit during the Georgia Apply to College events?
Volunteer FAQsNo, GAC is not a recruitment event. We ask that all college representatives remove their “institution hat” and help students regardless of where they may be applying. GAC is a great outreach opportunity as we all work together to improve the college-going rates in our state. Of course, students will have many questions about specific colleges during the events and you are welcome to answer any questions about your institution. You are also welcome to show your school pride by wearing apparel from your college!

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When do GAC events take place?
November is designated as GAC month. Participating high schools set aside a day or days in November to hold their GAC event. Each summer, as high schools begin confirming their participation in the program, their high school name, as well as event date and time, are added to our website.

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What is the role of a GAC volunteer?
GAC events could not happen without the assistance of volunteers. For many students, especially first generation students, completing the application process can be confusing and even overwhelming. Volunteers play a crucial role by helping students complete and submit their online admission application(s) during an event. The assistance typically provided by volunteers includes:

  • Welcoming students as they arrive
  • Directing students to open computers
  • Assisting students as they navigate to the online applications on GAfutures.org
  • Answering any questions students may have as they complete their application(s) for admission
  • Sharing college experiences and helping students get excited about college
  • Ensuring students sign out following their participation

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How do I sign up to participate as a GAC volunteer?
Each summer, as high schools begin confirming their participation in the program, their high school name and event information is added to our website. Interested volunteers can find school contact information on the “Get Involved as a Volunteer” section of this site. Individuals interested in supporting a high school event should contact the school directly and speak with their GAC Site Coordinator to sign up.

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Do I have to volunteer for the entire duration of an event?
No, many events last all day and the high schools recognize that many interested volunteers will not be able to commit to an entire day. That’s okay. Just be sure to let the high school know your availability beforehand so they can be sure they have appropriate coverage for the duration of their event.

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In order to volunteer, do I need to already be familiar with the online college application process?
No, it is not necessary for prospective volunteers to already be familiar with the online college application process. We encourage all volunteers to review the GAC Volunteer Handbook prior to attending their first GAC event. The most important thing volunteers do is encourage students as they work on their application.

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As a volunteer, are there any training materials to help me prepare to help students as they apply?
Yes. The GAC Volunteer Handbook has been developed to provide you with everything you need to know to have a great volunteer experience. We encourage all volunteers to review the handbook and online resources before attending their first GAC event.

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What should I do if I volunteer and find I cannot answer a question posed by a student?
That is okay. Each volunteer participating in a GAC event has different strengths and areas of expertise. We encourage volunteers to work together as a team to answer student questions. Also, each high school will have a GAC Site Coordinator, typically a member of the school’s counseling staff, on hand who can help answer questions and to troubleshoot any issues that may come up. Remember, the most important thing volunteers do during an event is encourage students not to give up or get frustrated if they run into difficulties as they work on their application.

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