Move on When Ready (MOWR)
Information for High School Counselors
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.
Georgia’s Move on When Ready (MOWR) program is a Dual Enrollment program that 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.
All of the colleges and universities in the University System of Georgia participate in the Move on When Ready program. Click here to view an interactive map of the USG and to learn more about each of the USG colleges and universities.
The University System of Georgia colleges and universities have established admission requirements and deadlines for Dual Enrollment/MOWR participation. Click here to view the requirements and deadlines for each of the USG colleges and universities.
The MOWR program provides funding directly to the college or university to be applied to the student’s tuition, mandatory fees and required textbooks. MOWR students may have 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 only. 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 at their college or university of interest before making a final decision to participate in the program.
Additional information on MOWR funding can be found on the Award Amounts for the Move on When Ready Program page on the GAfutures website.
The MOWR Course Directory provides the approved courses for each college and university participating in the MOWR program. Only those courses listed in the Directory are funded through the program. Students must have permission from both their high school and the college or university for each course they wish to take. Students who take a course for which they did not receive appropriate permission or who take a course that is not published in the MOWR Course Directory are responsible for any expenses resulting from enrollment in that course.
Only students enrolling as a full-time college student (taking 12 or more semester hours in a term) are eligible to take a college PE course and to have it funded through the MOWR program.
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/MOWR 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 it is determined that Dual Enrollment/MOWR 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 and corresponding college courses that are approved for the college or university the student is interested in attending. A Student Participation Agreement form must be completed and signed by the student, his/her parent/guardian, and his/her high school counselor. It must indicate the high school courses the student is approved to satisfy through Dual Enrollment/MOWR. A blank Student Participation Agreement form can be found on the Georgia Department of Education’s MOWR/Dual Enrollment page. The completed form must be submitted to the admission office for the college or university the student wishes to attend.
Complete an admission application for the college or university he/she wishes to attend. The admission application, along with all other required admission documentation, must be submitted to the college or university by their published Dual Enrollment/MOWR deadline. The college or university will let the student know what items must be submitted to complete their admissions application. Any questions regarding the college or university’s application procedure, deadlines, or documentation requirements should be directed to the Dual Enrollment/MOWR Coordinator. The following are typically required:
- A completed application for admission (MOWR applicants are not required to pay an admission application fee);
- An official high school transcript sent directly from the high school;
- Official SAT/ACT scores (or alternate test scores accepted by the college or university) sent directly from the appropriate testing agency to the college or university;
- 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, etc.).
Once admitted, the student should consult with their Dual Enrollment/MOWR Coordinator to discuss their 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:
- 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 his/her high school counselor must complete and submit a MOWR program application in order to receive MOWR funding. The MOWR program application is typically completed on GAfutures website and through STARS and is separate from the MOWR Student Participation Agreement form and the college or university admission application. 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 the GAfutures website.
Each USG college and university has a Dual Enrollment/MOWR Coordinator and they are happy to answer any questions about the program at their institution and to assist any students interested in the program. Click here to view the list of Dual Enrollment/MOWR Coordinators.
Q. Can a part-time MOWR student take a college physical education course and have it funded through the MOWR program?
A. No, effective Fall 2017 only full-time MOWR students are eligible for MOWR funding for a college physical education course.
Q. What is considered full-time for the purpose of determining a MOWR student’s eligibility to have a college physical education course funded through the MOWR program?
A. Only those students enrolled in 12 or more semester hours are eligible for MOWR funding for a college physical education course. The 12 semester hour requirement is inclusive of the physical education course or courses on the student’s schedule for the term.
Q. Can a part-time MOWR students take a physical education course and self-pay?
A. Yes, a part-time MOWR student may enroll in a college physical education course but would be responsible for all tuition and fees, as well as any other costs, associated with taking the course. If the course is needed to satisfy a high school graduation requirement, the student should be encouraged to get confirmation that the course will satisfy the high school requirement from his or her high school.
Q. How are physical education courses identified?
A. A physical education course is any postsecondary physical education course aligned to a high school Physical Education course on the MOWR Directory. High school Physical Education courses are those with a high school course number with a “36” to left of the decimal point (36.xxxx).
Q. Can a part-time MOWR student take a college course aligned to a high school health course and have it funded through the MOWR program?
A. Yes, a part-time MOWR student may enroll in a college course aligned to high school Health course and have that course funded through the MOWR program. High school health courses are those with a “17” to the left of the decimal point (17.xxxx) in the MOWR Directory.
Q. If a part-time MOWR student is already registered to take a physical education course in the Fall 2017 semester, does that student have to make a schedule change?
A. Yes, effective Fall 2017 only full-time MOWR students are eligible to take a college physical education course and to have it funded through the MOWR program.
Q. If a college course, such as Personal Health and Wellness, is aligned to both the high school Health course (17.011) and a high school PE course (36.xxxx) in the MOWR Directory, can a part-time MOWR student take the college course and receive MOWR funding for it?
A. Yes, a part-time MOWR student may enroll in a college course that is aligned to both the high school Health course (17.011) and a high school PE course and receive the MOWR funding for the course provided the following:
- The high school Health course, not the PE course, is listed on the Student Participation Agreement; and,
- The high school Health course, not the PE course, is selected in STARS/SURFER.
The USG college/university will not allow a part-time MOWR student to take a college course if his/her Student Participation Agreement indicates high school PE credit will be given. In addition, the college/university will not approve a part-time student’s MOWR application in STARS/SURFER if it includes a high school PE course. Part-time MOWR students may enroll in a college course aligned to a high school PE course provided they agree to pay for all costs associated with enrollment in the course.
Q. Why did the USG decide to no longer allow part-time MOWR students to take college courses for high school PE credit?
A. To help ensure MOWR Program resources are utilized in the best possible way and that the intent of the program is fulfilled, the USG, TCSG and Private Colleges and Universities determined that resources would be better utilized and students would be better served by reducing eligibility for PE courses unless the student was enrolled full time. This is because most high school student’s satisfy the high school PE requirement before participating in the MOWR Program and, for those who have not, part-time MOWR students should be able add a PE course to their high school schedule.