C2C Grant Application Process

Understanding that finances can be a barrier for adult learners, Complete 2 Compete offers the C2C Grant for qualifying students. This grant can be used to pay a past debt at any of our Mississippi public community colleges or universities and assist with expenses for students enrolling through C2C. The C2C Grant totals $500 and is awarded for each qualifying semester.

How to Qualify for the C2C Grant

Follow the steps below to be considered for the C2C Grant as well as state and federal assistance for which you may qualify. It is important that these steps be completed with accurate information in a timely matter.

STEP #1 - Fill out and complete the 2018-19 FAFSA: fafsa.ed.gov.

STEP #2 - Fill out and complete the 2018-19 State Aid application: riseupms.com.

STEP #3 - Notify your C2C coach that you want to be submitted for the C2C grant.

Tips for completing the State Aid application:

To ensure you are considered for the C2C grant, please make sure you complete the State Aid application. The following are important items to note when completing your State Aid application.

Qualifying Criteria: To qualify, you must indicate you satisfy the following criteria:

  • Age 21 years or older

  • Mississippi resident and U.S. citizen

  • Graduated high school at least two years ago

  • Already attended some college but did not earn a degree

  • Earned at least 12 college credit hours

  • Have not earned an Associates or Bachelor’s degree

  • Enrolling full-time or part-time in a Mississippi Public Institution

  • Pursuing an Associate or Bachelor’s Degree

If you meet all the qualifying criteria, you should see the following screening questions in your State Aid application:

1. Have you been enrolled in a college or university at any time during the last 24 months?

  • If YES, then you are NOT eligible for the C2C program.

  • If NO, then you will be directed to the next question.

2. Are you re-enrolling in college or university through the Complete 2 Compete program?

  • If NO, then you WILL NOT be considered for the C2C program.

  • If YES, then you will see the following notification:

    • You may be eligible for financial assistance through the Complete 2 Compete Grant program if you also complete the Federal Application for Student Financial Aid (FAFSA). Do you wish to apply for the Complete 2 Compete Grant Program?

    • Answer YES to be considered. You will then be prompted to complete the Household Verification Worksheet.

Key to a successful application:

To ensure your FASFA and State Aid application has been successfully completed please be sure to check the status of BOTH applications weekly to determine if any additional information or paperwork is required.

NOTE: Neither the C2C office nor your C2C coach has access to your FAFSA and State Aid Applications.

To check the status of State Aid application:

  • Go to www.riseupms.com.

  • Click on the “State Aid” tab.

  • Select “Check Status (aid year completed) Application”.

  • Enter requested personal information.

Review the section titled “Outstanding Documents for the Academic Year”. If you see the statement, “No Outstanding Documents at this Time”, then your application is complete.

If supporting documents are needed, you will see a message with instructions for submitting the outstanding documents, and the documents will be highlighted. Examples of outstanding documents may be “household verification form” or “residency document”.

Examples of eligible residency documents are completed FAFSA documents and a Mississippi driver’s license. These can be submitted electronically during the online application. For alternate residency documents, visit the FAQ page: www.riseupms.com

If you have questions about your application or what you’re missing, please contact the state financial aid office at 601.432.6997 or 1.800.327.2980.

Awarding your C2C Grant

Once both applications are in a “complete status”, you will either be approved or denied the grant. (this process can take 5-10 days)

Once approved and the coach has verified your enrollment (typically last day to withdraw without academic or financial penalty; 1-15 days from the beginning of the term) your C2C Grant will be issued.

It can take up to twenty (20) business days for your award to be received at the institution(s).

Once funds are received at the Business Office of your institution, they will post the funds to your account.

Deadlines for C2C Grant Consideration:

  • Fall – October 31

  • Spring – March 31

  • Summer – July 31

*If your term or mini session begins after one of those dates within that semester, you can still be considered for the grant. Please follow the above steps 1-3.

Thank you for completing these steps and your interest in the C2C program. If you should have any questions or require additional assistance with these applications, please contact your C2C Coach.