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What is Move On When Ready?

“The Move on When Ready Act,” permits 11th and 12th grade students to leave their assigned high schools and attend postsecondary institutions full-time to earn course credit that will apply towards high school graduation and college.

The “Move on When Ready Act,” is intended as another option (not a replacement) for 11th and 12th graders, in addition to other regular dual enrollment programs, residential programs, early college, career academies and charter schools.

MOWR program is only available to students who are legal residents of Georgia, entering the 11th or 12th grade and who spent the prior year (2 consecutive semesters) in attendance at a Georgia public high school.

MOWR Participation Permission Form

How much does MOWR cost?

The cost to participate in MOWR is minimal. Tuition and Mandatory Fees will be paid by Georgia Department of Education.  All other charges will be the responsibility of the student and payment will be required by the published fee payment deadline.

What are the MOWR Program requirements?

To qualify for the Move On When Ready, you must:

  • Earn a minimum of 600 Critical Reading and 600 math on the SAT-1 or 26 English and 26 math on ACT
  • Earn a minimum 3.5 high school GPA in academic courses only
  • Be on track to complete high school graduation requirements
  • Gain approval from your high school guidance counselor and parent(s)

Student who do not meet the above requirements should consider the Accel Program.

Getting started: Apply for admission

  1. Submit an admissions application along with the $25 application fee to the Office of Admissions.
  2. Ask your guidance counselor to send an official copy of your high school transcript and send official copies of test scores to the Office of Admissions. If you take the SAT or ACT again, list Georgia Southwestern State University when registering to receive your scores.
  3. Complete and submit copy of the Permission to Participate form, signed by the high school guidance counselor, parent(s) and student.
  4. Submit a clear photocopy of driver's license to satisfy Lawful Presence.

Once you are accepted to Georgia Southwestern: Register

  1. Complete and submit Immunization Form.
  2. Make an appointment with the MOWR Program Advisor in the Office of Admissions to be advised and registered. Click here for a list of the approved courses.

The final step: Orientation

An Accel/MOWR orientation session will be held for students taking classes on Southwestern’s campus. Information about orientation will be mailed to you.

For more information contact:

David Jenkins, Assistant Director of Admissions
800 GSW Drive, Americus, GA 31709
Phone: (229) 928-1273
Fax: (229) 931-2983

MOWR additional requirements and guidelines

  1. MOWR Students will not be allowed to live on campus. MOWR students may participate in student activities; however, they will not be allowed to serve as officers in the Student Government, CAB, the Student Newspaper(Sou’wester), or the University Literary Magazine(SOROCO), or Hurricane Watch. They also may not be a member of a university varsity sport, or any Greek-letter, social organization. 
  2. A student must maintain full-time enrollment as long as they are attending Southwestern. A full-time student is defined as one that is enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester hours after the drop/add period. Students, who drop below full-time status for any reason during the term, forfeit their eligibility to continue in Move On When Ready and will return to their high school. Students may lose credit and get off-track for graduation if they drop out of MOWR. Georgia Southwestern is under no obligation to offer courses that will insure a student participating in MOWR will complete high school graduation requirements on time. 
  3. Georgia Southwestern will accept the FTE payment from the State of Georgia as full payment for tuition, fees, and materials for up to 12 hours of course work. The student and parents/guardians would be responsible for all other possible expenses such as books, food, transportation, and any courses over 12 hours. 
  4. Students participating in the Move on When Ready Program are eligible to participate in competitive interscholastic activities in grades 9-12, following the provisions of State Board Rule 160-5-1-18. However, it is the student’s responsibility to be able to meet all the requirements, schedules, and conditions to be able to participate. In some cases this may not be possible.
  5. Additional FAQs from the Georgia Department of Education. 

Move On When Ready vs. Accel

Accel student requirements differ from MOWR requirements since students are not required to be full-time students, nor are they required to be enrolled in a public high school.  Please click here for Accel application process and requirements. Coursework taken through Accel will count as HOPE Scholarship hours.

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