Move On When Ready

Frequently Asked Questions

What is “Move On When Ready”?
House Bill 149 (Move On When Ready) is an arrangement whereby an eligible student entering eleventh or twelfth grade, who spent the prior school year in attendance at a public high school in Georgia may take all or any of his or her remaining courses at or through an eligible institution (college, university or public technical college) or a virtual course approved by the State Board of Education and receive secondary credit from his or her high school with the goal of completing graduation and high school diploma requirements.

How is Move On When Ready different from other dual enrollment programs?
Move On When Ready students take all their junior or senior curriculum at the college, not the high school.  Move On When Ready is a dual credit program that uses FTE funding to pay for the student’s college coursework. Coursework taken through Move On When Ready does not count against HOPE Scholarship or HOPE Grant hours.     

Who is eligible for Move On When Ready?
To be eligible for participation in Move On When Ready, a student must:

  • Be a high school junior or senior seeking a high school diploma from an eligible Georgia high school
  • Be reported as enrolled in a public school for funding purposes during the  preceding October and March full-time equivalent (FTE) program counts
  • Be enrolled full time in an eligible college or university or public technical college as a dual credit student taking approved college-level courses
  • Be a legal resident of Georgia, and
  • Maintain satisfactory academic progress towards fulfilling applicable high school graduation requirements
  • Meet all college admission and registration requirements.

How do students enroll in Move On When Ready?
Eligible students should work with their high school and college counselors to select the appropriate coursework that can be used to meet both secondary and postsecondary program requirements.

How do students maintain eligibility in Move On When Ready?
A student must be enrolled full-time in an eligible institution as long as they are attending the school. A full-time student is defined as one that is enrolled in a minimum of 12 semester hours after the drop/add period of the eligible institution. Students who drop below full-time status before the end of registration period for any reason during the term forfeit their eligibility to continue in Move On When Ready and will return to their local high school. 

Who pays for the Move On When Ready student’s coursework?
Under HB149, dual enrollment funding for Move On When Ready students is provided through FTE, as arranged by the Georgia Department of Education.

How is the payment handled?
The eligible institution where the student is enrolled will request payment from the Georgia Department of Education three times a year if on the quarter system and twice a year if on the semester system. For each Move On When Ready student, the local school district will receive an ensuing reduction in the total allotment of state FTE funds from the Georgia Department of Education. 

Are books and materials included in the payment?
The eligible postsecondary institution shall accept the FTE payment as full payment for tuition, fees and materials. Once tuition and fees are covered, any additional FTE monies left over will be placed in the bookstore to count towards books and supplies. The student and parents/guardians would be responsible for all other possible expenses that are not covered by the FTE monies.

Do high schools lose money due to Move On When Ready students?
Out of the FTE allotment the local school system retains a records fee of $200.00 per year per Move On When Ready student for administration costs.

What happens if a student withdraws/drops out of any their course(s) during the semester/quarter?
If their hours fall below the required minimum number to be considered full-time then the student would have to return to the high school in the local school system since Move On When Ready students must always be enrolled as full-time. As with all dual enrollments, the local school district is responsible for developing policies that provide for the assignment of high school classes to students who do not participate in the program after they have enrolled. Students may lose credit and get off-track for graduation if they drop out of Move On When Ready. FTE payments may also be affected. No payment will be made to the college or university if the student is not registered full-time at the close of the drop/add period. If the student drops out after the drop/add date, then the college would still receive the funding.

Can a student continue in Move On When Ready if they fail any courses? 
A decision would have to be made by the parents of the student and the high school counselors to determine whether the student could continue and be successful and still be able to meet graduation requirements.

Will students receive credit for coursework taken through Move On When Ready?
Students who successfully complete coursework taken under Move On When Ready will receive both secondary and post secondary credit documented on the student’s transcript as follows:

  • 1 to 2 semester hours will earn one-half unit while 3 to 5 semester hours will earn one full unit. Post secondary quarter hour credit shall be converted to high school unit credit as follows: 

Can Move On When Ready students transfer to another USG or TCSG institution during an academic term? 
Students cannot transfer to another USG institution during an academic term and receive credit.

Will college credits from one institution transfer to another postsecondary institution?
College credits earned while in the Move On When Ready program are transferable. Students should be advised to consider the requirements of their post-high school institution when planning dual enrollment coursework.

What is the benefit of Move On When Ready participation?
Participation in Move On When Ready eases the transition from high school to college, provides students an early start on 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. Students will have more flexible scheduling opportunities because courses can be taken anytime and on-line.

Can students still participate in high school extracurricular activities and sports?
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.

What colleges and universities are considered eligible institutions?  
All USG institutions qualify as an eligible postsecondary institution as defined in paragraph (7) of Code Section 20-3-519. All technical colleges in the state of Georgia qualify as eligible institutions.

Are MOWR students exempted from the state's assessment requirement for graduation?
No. MOWR students must take and complete any required high school graduation tests, end of course, and end of pathway testing.

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Contact us


Northern Region
Andrea Fletcher
High School Coordinator
Ben Hill-Irwin Campus
Ben Hill Hall, Room 628C
667 Perry House Road
Fitzgerald, GA 31750
Phone: (229) 468-2049

Southern Region
Stacey Prescott
High School Coordinator
Valdosta Campus
Berrien Hall, Room 312
4089 Val Tech Road
Valdosta, GA 31602
Phone: (229) 259-5180

Deanna Edwards
High School Specialist
Ben Hill-Irwin Campus
667 Perry House Road
Fitzgerald, GA 31750
Phone: (229) 468-2004

Brooke Jaramillo
Director of Recruitment
Valdosta Campus
Berrien Hall, Room 316
4089 Val Tech Road
Valdosta, GA 31602
Phone: (229) 333-2100, Ext 6163

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