Complete to Compete is a statewide initiative sponsored by the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning and the Mississippi Community College Board. Its mission is to help Mississippi adults who attended college but don't have a degree get their degree and create a brighter future.
Through the C2C program, Mississippi can increase the number of adults with postsecondary degrees or credentials of value which will positively impact Mississippi’s educational attainment rate and economy as well as the lives of those individuals who complete their degrees. Educational attainment improves the state’s economy as well as the quality of life for college graduates and their families.
Across the state of Mississippi, there is a demand for trained workers in an ever-changing economy. There are great opportunities available for those who have the required training and education. Getting your degree results in better jobs, a strengthened workforce, and more stable families across our state.
C2C is available to Mississippi adults who are at least 21 years old, have not earned a postsecondary degree, and have been out of college for at least two years (24 consecutive months). Get started by visiting www.c2cpathfinder.org/c2c. Out of state residents who have some MS public institution coursework completed, can be considered for C2C; however, they are not eligible for the C2C Grants.
To participate in C2C, click on the “See How Close You Are” button on our home page or go to the C2C Pathfinder App directly at www.c2cpathfinder.org/c2c.
C2C Pathfinder is an easy-to-use, interactive tool developed exclusively for the state for Mississippi. It will help you understand how close you are to a degree and provide the best pathway for you to get that degree. It can be accessed on your home computer, laptop, or smartphone.
By answering a few questions you begin the process of reviewing past credits and connecting with a C2C Coach. You may be one of more than 30,000 Mississippians who have already earned enough credits for an associate or bachelor’s degree. If you are short of a degree, your C2C Coach will help you maximize your previous experiences and earned credits and determine how close you now are to a degree. Get started by visiting www.c2cpathfinder.org/c2c.
Prospective students will be required to request transcripts from all institutions they attended and have them sent to the institution in which they are enrolling. There may be a transcript request fee associated with this request. These fees vary per institution.
Submitting information through the C2C website does not cost anything and it may help you to see how close you are to a degree. Tuition and fees for enrollment in courses may be assessed according to the established tuition and fee schedule at each institution.
Due to the overwhelming response to the C2C program, it could take between 10-15 business days to hear from your C2C coach from the day you enter your application into the C2C Pathfinder App. After the initial contact has been made, the coach will work with you to secure and review your transcripts before creating your best pathway to a degree.
Once you have entered your information into the C2C Pathfinder App, you will receive an email confirmation listing your C2C Coach and their contact information. If you don't hear from a C2C Coach in more than 10-15 business days, please send an email to email@example.com.
Depending on what programs are needed to satisfy your career and educational interests, the C2C Pathfinder App will match you to a list of schools that offer the classes you need to earn your degree.
You can pursue any degree you like with C2C. All degree options and learning preferences such as online or in-person classes are offered. As you work with your C2C Coach, you'll choose the best options that give you the fastest path to a degree.
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. Learn more about the steps to apply for the C2C Grant.
Your C2C Coach will be able to help guide you through that process if you have questions. Helping to lessen this financial burden will result in more adult learners completing their degrees, allow for better jobs, higher pay, stronger workforce, and more stabilized families.
C2C Grants can be used to pay a past debt at a MS public institution. To be considered for these one-time awards, please notify your C2C Coach. A completed and current FAFSA and state aid application must be on file for consideration.
While advantages will vary by school, this is a list that many of the institutions are offering for adult learners.
Adult Learner organizations
Online degree programs
Night & weekend classes
Adult Learner scholarships/Tuition assistance
Special Adult learner tuition packages
Repayment plan options
Prior learning assessment
Prior Learning Assessment (coming soon)
On campus childcare
Institutional incentives for adult learners
Regionally-accredited Career Technical programs and Career Technical coursework may be accepted
Reverse transfer associate degree
Adult Degree Completion Bachelor’s Program
The Adult Degree Completion Program provides adult learners with a flexible path to a bachelor’s degree and is one option for returning students to obtain degree completion through the C2C Initiative. The Adult Degree Completion Program is intended to serve adult learners who have earned at least 90 credit hours but have not completed a baccalaureate degree and have not attended a postsecondary institution in the past twenty-four months based on last date of attendance. The curriculum may be individualized for each adult learner based on coursework completed and career goals
Students are eligible for admission to the Adult Degree Completion Program if they have earned at least 90 credit hours but have not completed a baccalaureate degree, and have not attended a postsecondary institution in the past twenty-four (24) months based on last date of attendance. Grade forgiveness and Academic Fresh Starts may be available based on the institution.
The Universities are currently working on this degree option and most have it available now. Those that are not currently in place, could be in place by Fall 2018. To learn which institutions have it available now, review the “incentives” on the school tile within the application.
A Reverse Transfer Associate Degree allows students who have transferred from a community college to a public four-year university, with at least 16 transferable credits, to send those earned credits back to the community college. These reverse transfer credits count toward earning an associate degree, giving students an additional credential and improving employability.
Students interested in pursuing eligibility for a Reverse Transfer Associate Degree should complete the C2C Pathfinder App at www.c2cpathfinder.org/c2c.
While all the public institutions have some degrees completely online, most degrees require in class participation for completion. It is more likely that there are online class options rather than full degrees.
Once you have applied for C2C through our online app at www.c2cpathfinder.org/c2c, a C2C Coach will contact you within 10-15 business days and will assist you in evaluating your earned coursework.
The goal of C2C is to help Mississippians earn a postsecondary degree or credential of value beyond high school. C2C tuition assistance grants will be made available to qualifying Mississippi residents who have not yet earned their first postsecondary degree or credential of value.
The goal of C2C is to help Mississippians earn a postsecondary degree or credential of value beyond high school. C2C tuition assistance grants will be made available to qualifying Mississippi residents who have not yet earned their first postsecondary degree or credential of value. You may, however, qualify for institutional tuition assistance at the community/junior college you choose to attend.
The Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) is the governing body of the eight public universities in the state of Mississippi.
The Mississippi Community College Board (MCCB) is the coordinating body of the 15 public community and junior colleges in the state of Mississippi.
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