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What is Complete 2 Compete (C2C)?

Complete to Compete is a statewide program 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.

What is the purpose of C2C?

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. 

Why is earning my degree important?

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.

Who is eligible for the C2C program?

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. 

How can I apply to be considered for C2C?

To participate in C2C, go to the C2C Pathfinder App at www.c2cpathfinder.org/c2c.

What is the C2C Pathfinder App?

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. 

What information will the application process request?

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. 

What does C2C cost?

C2C is a state program, and submitting information through the C2C website to determine how close you are to a degree does not cost anything. If no additional coursework is needed there may be a small fee for transcript requests, but there will be no cost to obtain your degree. If additional coursework is needed, tuition and fees for enrollment in courses will be assessed at each school.

How long does it take to hear from someone once my information is submitted?

You will be contacted by your C2C Coach 5-10 business days after your information is entered 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.

I have not been contacted by anyone since submitting my information. How can I reach them?

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 business days, please send an email to infoforyou@msc2c.org.

What college can I attend as a C2C student?

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.

Do I have to pursue a certain 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.

Is there any financial assistance for C2C participants?

All participants are encouraged to seek all federal, state, and institutional aid. Additional financial assistance is available for C2C participants who qualify for the grant funds. These will be awarded as a one-time scholarship in the amount of $500. Unless the funds are to pay a past debt at a MS public institution, these funds will be used as a last dollar scholarship. Funds will be paid to the institution upon verification of enrollment. To be considered for these tuition assistance grants, notify your C2C Coach and confirm that your completed and current FAFSA and state aid applications are on file.

If I have a financial hold at an institution, am I eligible for C2C?

Tuition assistance grant money will be available to qualified C2C adult learners and 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. Your completed and current FAFSA and State Aid application must be on file for consideration.

What incentives are available to me by re-enrolling in college through C2C?

While incentives will vary by school, this is a list that many of the institutions are offering for adult learners.

  • Academic forgiveness

  • Virtual tutoring

  • Support labs

  • Adult Learner organizations

  • Online classes

  • Online degree programs

  • Night & weekend classes

  • Adult Learner scholarships/Tuition assistance

  • Special Adult learner tuition packages

  • Repayment plan options

  • Prior learning assessment

  • Competency Based Education (coming soon)

  • On campus childcare

  • Institutional incentives for adult learners (other)

  • Regionally-accredited Career Technical programs and Career Technical coursework may be accepted

  • Reverse transfer associate degree

  • Adult Degree Completion Bachelor’s Program- in progress

What is the Adult Degree Completion 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

What is the eligibility for the Adult Degree Completion Program?

Student 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.

When is the Adult Degree Completion Program available?

The Universities are currently working on this degree option and some hope to have it available by Spring 2018. Those that are not in place by Spring 2018, 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.

What is a Reverse Transfer Associate Degree?

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.

How do I know if I am eligible for a Reverse Transfer Associate Degree?

Students interested in pursuing eligibility for a Reverse Transfer Associate Degree should complete the C2C Pathfinder App at www.c2cpathfinder.org/c2c.

Are all degree options available completely online?

While all public institutions have some degree options that can be completed entirely online, most degrees require in class participation for completion. Most degree programs however do have the option to complete some courses online. Please speak to your C2C coach to get more details about online availability.

I have been out of school for several years, will my courses apply toward a degree?

Once you have gone through the C2C Pathfinder App, you will be connected to a C2C Coach at a Mississippi college. They will contact you within 2-3 business days and will assist you in evaluating your previous coursework. To access the C2C Pathfinder App, visit www.c2cpathfinder.org/c2c.

Can C2C help me earn my master's degree?

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.

Can C2C help me earn an advanced certificate?

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.

What is the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL)?

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.

What is the Mississippi Community College Board (MCCB)?

The Mississippi Community College Board (MCCB) is the coordinating body of the 15 public community and junior colleges in the state of Mississippi.