Move On When Ready is Georgia’s new dual enrollment program that allows high school students (9th – 12th grade) to earn college credit while working on their high school diploma. The goal of Move On When Ready is to increase college access and completion, and to prepare students to enter the workforce with the skills they need to succeed.
To participate in Move On When Ready, students sign an advisement form with their high school guidance office, meet the admissions requirements at the postsecondary institution of their choice, and make satisfactory academic progress. Eligible students may choose to pursue a postsecondary degree, diploma, or certificate. Students should speak with their high school counselor to explore the options associated with this opportunity. Online courses are available. Students may attend part-time or full-time. Academic and technical college courses are available at Lanier Technical College in Winder as well as at other institutions within easy driving distance of our community.
The Move On When Ready program covers tuition, mandatory fees, and required textbooks. Students may incur expenses for course related fees and supplies required for a particular course or optional fees charged by the postsecondary institution.
The Move on When Ready program eases the transition from high school to college, provides students an early start to their college careers, and offers meaningful and challenging academic experiences to qualified students, including those who might not otherwise have access to early college opportunities.
Contact one of the following to begin the Move on When Ready application process.
Apalachee High School
Ms. Allison Sharp, Career Center Coordinator
Winder-Barrow High School
Ms. Liz Long, Career Center Coordinator
Sims Academy of Innovation and Technology
Ms. Sherri Perry, MOWR Coordinator
Move On When Ready FAQs
Looking for the fast lane to a college education or a career? More than 11,000 Georgia high school students already have!
High school students who attend a high school in Georgia can take college level courses at one of the 22 TCSG colleges and earn credit toward a high school diploma and a college degree at the same time.
While dual enrollment has been possible in Georgia since 2009, major changes were made April of this year to expand and streamline these opportunities for our students. Governor Nathan Deal, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle, and the 2015 Georgia General Assembly partnered to pass two bills to enact dual enrollment changes effective July 1, 2015. Georgia students can take advantage of these changes beginning 2015-2016 academic year.
How does the new Move On When Ready Dual Enrollment Program benefit students?
The new MOWR Dual Enrollment Program enhances student engagement, improve graduation rates, and increase student learning. These students will be better prepared for the college curriculum of a two- or four-year college, and dual enrollment give students extra opportunities to get a head start on a career path they desire.
The new MOWR Dual Enrollment Program streamlines the existing dual enrollment options (Accel, HOPE Grant, etc.) into one program with one funding source. By consolidating the existing programs into a single program, it will be easier for students and parents to navigate and take advantage of the available options to enroll in college courses while still in high school. MOWR also includes provisions to help remove some of the financial barriers that may prevent students from participating in dual enrollment.
Who is eligible to participate in the new Move On When Ready Dual Enrollment Program?
Students must be approved and classified as a 9th, 10th, 11th, and/or 12th grader by the eligible high school and accepted as a MOWR student at the participating postsecondary institution. All students must meet the postsecondary admission requirements. Whether they are currently participating in dual enrollment through high school or through one of Georgia’s 33 Career Academies, MOWR now makes it easier for students to embrace college-level education at an earlier level in their lives.
How much does it cost to participate in the new Move On When Ready Dual Enrollment Program?
There is no tuition cost to participating students. In fact, textbooks are also provided by the college. Students may be required to pay for course related supplies or fees.
Georgia Student Finance Commission administers the program which is funded through state appropriations.
What types of courses or programs are available under the new Move On When Ready Dual Enrollment Program?
Students select courses or programs from a single MOWR course directory which includes comparable required high school courses; career, technical and agricultural education courses; or elective courses. Courses will eventually be listed by college at GAFutures.org, until then all career planning can still be completed on GACollege411.org. Eligible students may participate fall, spring and/or summer terms, at day or evening classes.
Another advantage to the new MOWR is that it allows high school students who complete certain courses in 9th and 10th grade, meet the MOWR admission requirements established by the intended postsecondary institution, and then complete an approved associate, diploma or technical certificate of credit program, to be eligible to be awarded a high school diploma. Available programs will be listed on GATRACS.org and will vary by postsecondary institution.
How do students apply for the new Move On When Ready Dual Enrollment Program?
A student must complete the MOWR application and submit it to the participating high school or home school program for each term the student wishes to participate in the MOWR program. The participating high school or home school then completes their portion of the application and submits it to the participating postsecondary institution. MOWR applications must be submitted to Georgia Student Finance Authority (GSFA) by the term deadline.
Are there any other programs for high school students to earn college credit?
High school students who have already completed selected high school courses are eligible to earn college course credit by successfully completing an articulation assessment. Click here for a list of the statewide articulation assessments.
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