College Credit Opportunities for High School Students
There are a number of opportunities for high school students to earn college credit prior to their high school graduation. These opportunities can bring additional rigor to a student’s high school curriculum and can save a student time (and money) by completing college degree requirements while still in high school. When considering the different options, a common question is “which options are viewed most favorably by college admission officers?”. Click here to learn more about how AP, IB, and dual enrollment are considered by the colleges and universities of the University System during their freshman admission review process.
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- USG College and University Dual Enrollment/MOWR Admission Requirements and Deadlines
- USG College and University Dual Enrollment/MOWR Contacts
- Interactive Map of the USG Colleges and Universities
- MOWR Information on GAfutures
- MOWR Course Directory on GAfutures
Dual enrollment provides students with the opportunity to take college courses while still in high school. Typically, dual enrollment students take a college course (or courses) on the campus of a college or university located in or near their community. In some instances, students may be able to take online college courses and/or college courses offered on their high school campus. Dual enrollment students may be able to attend college part-time or full-time and, in some cases, may be eligible to reside in housing on the college campus.
Dual enrollment students enrolled in a participating Georgia high school may be eligible for funding under Georgia’s Move on When Ready (MOWR) program. Please see the Move on When Ready section below for additional information.
Each University System of Georgia (USG) college and university has established requirements and deadlines for students to participate in their dual enrollment program. Interested students should speak with their high school counselor and the Dual Enrollment/MOWR Coordinator at their USG college or university of interest to discuss their dual enrollment options. Students are encouraged to have these conversations as early as possible as there are important deadlines that must be met.
Move on When Ready (MOWR)
Georgia’s Move on When Ready (MOWR) program provides eligible Georgia high school students with the opportunity to take approved college courses for credit towards both their high school graduation and college degree requirements at little or no cost to the student. The MOWR program provides a student-specific award amount to the college or university the eligible student attends to be applied to the student’s tuition, mandatory fees and required textbooks.
Additional information can be found on the USG MOWR page for those who work with students interested in dual enrollment/MOWR.
MOWR students may incur some expenses for course-related fees and supplies (such as course lab or material fees) as well as optional fees charged by the college or university (such as parking, housing, and meal plan expenses). The MOWR program covers courses approved and published in the MOWR Course Directory for the institution and term the student attends. Students opting to take a course that is not published in the MOWR Course Directory are responsible for any expenses resulting from enrollment in that course. Students may be charged a lost or damaged book fee for any textbook not returned in the condition or by the deadline required by their college or university. Students are encouraged to discuss possible out-of-pocket expenses with their Dual Enrollment/MOWR Coordinator before making a final decision to participate in the program. Additional information on the MOWR program can be found on the MOWR page on GAfutures.
In order to participate in the dual enrollment/MOWR program, students must complete all of the following:
Review the dual enrollment/MOWR admission requirements and deadlines for the college or university he/she wishes to attend. The dual enrollment requirements and deadlines for the USG colleges and universities can be found on the USG’s Dual Enrollment (MOWR) Admission Requirements page. Any questions regarding the requirements and deadlines should be directed to the Dual Enrollment/MOWR Coordinator for the college or university the student is interested in attending.
Meet with their parent/guardian and high school counselor to discuss their dual enrollment options. If all agree that dual enrollment is a good option for the student, the high school courses that the student is approved to satisfy through college coursework must be identified. The MOWR Course Directory must be consulted for the list of high school courses that are approved for the college or university the student is interested in attending.
The student, parent/guardian, and high school counselor must complete a Student Participation Agreement form. A blank Student Participation Agreement form can be found on the Georgia Department of Education’s MOWR/Dual Enrollment page. The form must indicate the high school courses the student is approved to satisfy through dual enrollment as described under the second bullet above. The completed form must be submitted to the admission office for the college or university the student wishes to attend through dual enrollment/MOWR.
Complete an admission application for the college or university he/she wishes to attend. The admission application, along with all required admission documentation (an official high school transcript sent directly from the student’s high school, official SAT/ACT scores (or alternate test scores accepted by the college or university) sent directly from the appropriate testing agency, a completed Student Participation Agreement form, and any other documentation required by the college or university (such as proof of immunization, proof of U.S. lawful presence)), must be submitted to the college or university by their published dual enrollment/MOWR deadline. MOWR students are not required to pay an admission application fee. Any questions regarding the college or university’s application procedure, deadlines, or documentation requirements should be directed to the Dual Enrollment/MOWR Coordinator for that college or university.
Consult with their Dual Enrollment/MOWR Coordinator to discuss their college course schedule and to register. Some colleges and universities may require their dual enrollment/MOWR students to attend new student orientation in order to register. While the MOWR Course Directory provides many course options, actual course selection will include consideration of the following:
- College courses approved and published in the MOWR Directory as eligible to satisfy the high school requirement identified under the second bullet above;
- Mandatory course prerequisites and co-requisites;
- Course placement evaluation (which may include a placement test);
- College course scheduling and seat availability;
- Student’s anticipated college major and academic interests; and,
- The student’s high school course schedule.
- The student and high school counselor must complete and submit a MOWR program application in order for the student to be eligible for MOWR funding. The MOWR program application is separate from the MOWR Student Participation Agreement form (see the third bullet above) and separate from the college/university admission application (see the fourth bullet above). Students without a completed MOWR program application will be responsible for all tuition and fees resulting from their dual enrollment participation as well as for the full cost of their textbooks. Additional information on the MOWR program application can be found on the Application Procedure for the Move on When Ready Program page on GAfutures.
Other USG Dual Enrollment Opportunities
The Georgia Academy Residential Dual Enrollment
The Georgia Academy of Arts, Mathematics, Engineering, and Sciences (GAMES), is a highly selective dual enrollment program on the Cochran campus of Middle Georgia State University (MGSU). Successful completion of this two year, residential program is designed to allow a student to complete a high school diploma and a college associate degree simultaneously (if entered the junior year), and transfer with junior status in most majors to four-year colleges and universities. Georgia Academy students may be eligible to receive funding through the Move on When Ready program.
The Georgia Early Colleges
The Georgia Early Colleges are schools that partner with a local school system and a University System of Georgia institution to blend high school and the first two years of college. The schools bring high school juniors and seniors to USG college or university campus to immerse students in a college-going culture and connect them with post-secondary experiences including the opportunity to earn dual enrollment credits. Early Colleges address the unique mission to raise the high school graduation and post-secondary success rates of minority, first generation college and low-income youth. Early College students may be eligible to receive funding through the Move on When Ready program. A list of the Early College sites can be found online at the Georgia Early College website.
In recognition of the fact that a strong predictor of college success is a rigorous high school curriculum, the USG colleges and universities award academic credit to students who score well on one or more of the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) exams.
Click here to view the college credit granted by AP exam type and score for each of the USG colleges and universities.
In recognition of the fact that a strong predictor of college success is a rigorous high school curriculum, the USG colleges and universities award academic credit to students who score well on one or more of the International Baccalaureate (IB) exams.
Additional information can be found in BOR Policy 18.104.22.168 - Course Credits for International Baccalaureate Diploma..
Click here to view the college credit granted by IB exam type and score for each of the USG colleges and universities - Coming Soon!