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. Your C2C Coach will be able to help guide you through the application process if you have questions.
To be considered for the C2C Grant, please complete the following three steps:
To be eligible for a renewed C2C Grant, you must continue enrollment without a break in semesters (summer is excluded) and be in good academic standing with the institution. No new or additional paperwork is needed to continue receiving the C2C Grant. Please make sure that your C2C Coach is aware that you want to be considered for the C2C Grant each semester you are enrolled. They will be completing the necessary steps for your consideration for a new term.
In order to be flagged as a C2C student, the State Aid application must be completed correctly. The following requirements must be reflected on your application:
If you answer all the previous requirements as specified, you should see the following three C2C Screening questions:
If you did not see the C2C Screening questions, please go back and review your answers using the above guidelines. To be flagged as a C2C Grant applicant, you must answer the C2C Screening questions.
Please be sure to check the status of BOTH your FAFSA and State Aid applications weekly. If you are required to submit any additional information to complete the State Aid application, you will be notified within your application.
To check the status of your State Aid application:
If you have questions about your state aid application (missing documents, etc.), please contact the State Aid office at 601.432.6997 or 1.800.327.2980. The State Aid office cannot answer questions about your FAFSA (other than whether or not it has been received), the overall status of your C2C Grant Application, or the disbursement of C2C Grant funds.
C2C Grant Award Process and Timeline
Once both the FAFSA and State Aid applications are in a “complete status”, your complete applications will be referred to the C2C Office. The C2C Office, not the State Aid Office, will then approve or deny your application for the grant.
The approval/denial process can take several days. Once approved, enrollment verification must occur to begin the process of funds being disbursed. After your enrollment has been verified by your C2C Coach, (typically on the last day you can withdraw from classes without academic or financial penalty, could be 1-15 days from beginning of the term), the process for a check to be cut and mailed to the school begins. This can take an additional 7-10 business days. Once the check is received, your institution will follow their own timeline for posting the funds to your account.
If you have questions about this process, please contact your C2C Coach.
A wealth of resources and support are available through the Mississippi Department of Human Services (MDHS) for lower income individuals and families. This vital organization provides a wide range of public assistance programs and social services to improve the lives of Mississippians and help them become self-sufficient and engaged in improving their futures.
MDHS provides primary support for the Complete 2 Compete Program and serves as an invaluable resource to adults working to complete their degrees. Discover more about the services MDHS offers.