C2C and COVID-19

C2C is committed to providing you with the support needed to complete your education. We understand this transition is difficult, and we are here to help. We encourage you to visit our FAQ page to learn more about the ways we are working for you.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What response have Mississippi institutions had regarding COVID-19?

  • If you are attending or interested in attending a public Mississippi University, please click here for more information.
  • If you are attending or interested in attending a public Mississippi Community College, please click here for more information. 

Learn More About the C2C Program:

What is Complete 2 Compete (C2C)?

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.

What is the purpose of C2C?

Through the C2C initiative, 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 and the quality of life for college graduates and their families.

Why is earning my degree important?

Across the state of Mississippi, the workforce is changing and there are great opportunities available for those who have the training and education. Obtaining your degree results in better jobs, a strengthened workforce, and more stable families across our state.

What is the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning?

The Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning is the governing body of the eight public universities in the state of Mississippi.

What is the Mississippi Community College Board?

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

Why was the program suspended?

The program was temporarily suspended in October of 2020 due to complications related to the pandemic and funding challenges. The C2C program relaunched on May 5th of 2021 with a renewed focus on reaching those adults most in need.

What is new or different about the program?

Participation in the C2C Program remains available to anyone who is 21 years of age and older, has been out of college for at least two years and has earned at least 12 hours of college credit but not earned a bachelor’s degree. 

 

The only change impacts the $1,000 renewable C2C Grant. The Grant will again be available, however, in order to serve students most in need, grant eligibility now has household income and age requirements. Details are available here.

How do I apply for the C2C Grant?

To be considered for the C2C Grant, C2C program participants can simply complete and submit a C2C Grant Application and include supporting documents. The form, along with instructions and eligibility details, is available on the C2C website here.

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C2C Application Process:

How can I apply to be considered for C2C?

To participate in C2C, click on the “Explore Your Options” or "Get Started" button on our home page or go to the C2C Pathfinder App directly at www.c2cpathfinder.org/c2c. This will connect you with a C2C Coach who will guide you the rest of the way.

What is the C2C Pathfinder App?

C2C Pathfinder is an easy-to-use, interactive tool developed exclusively for the state for Mississippi. 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.

What information will the application process request?

The application will ask you about your college history and how you’d like to finish your degree. All this information will help guide your C2C Coach on next steps for you. If the school you are applying to doesn’t have all of the transcripts from all institutions attended, you will need to go ahead and begin that request process. Transcript requests can be processed online from the respective school’s website or in person at the Registrar’s Office of the school you’re requesting transcripts of. There may be a transcript request fee associated with this request. These fees vary per institution.

How will I know which college I can attend?

Depending on what programs are needed to satisfy your career and educational interests, the C2C website will match you to a list of schools that offer the classes you need to earn your degree. However, keep in mind that per The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) requirements, you must earn 25% of your degree from the degree-awarding institution. So, if you have most of your coursework from one institution, it is best to begin there.

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.

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

You will receive a confirmation email and an opportunity to speak with a C2C representative immediately after submitting your application. They will answer any questions, explain the details of the C2C Grant, and prepare you to connect with your assigned C2C Coach.

Due to the overwhelming response to the C2C program, it could take 10-15 business days to hear from your C2C Coach once you complete your application in the C2C Pathfinder App. Most C2C Coaches reach out via email for that initial contact. Please check your spam/junk folders for those emails, as well. 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 someone at the institution yet – how can I reach them?

Once you submit your application, a phone number to reach a C2C representative will be provided. You are welcome to call that number anytime with any questions or concerns, or you may contact the State C2C Office here.

Cost and Financial Aid for the C2C program:

What does C2C cost?

Submitting information through the C2C website and having a degree evaluation completed does not cost anything, and it may help you see how close you are to a degree. Tuition and fees for enrollment in courses may be assessed according to the established tuition and fees rates at each institution.

Is there any financial assistance for C2C participants?

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 assist with expenses for students enrolling through C2C at any of our Mississippi public community colleges or universities. The C2C Grant totals $1,000 and is renewable each qualifying semester. Learn more about the steps to apply for the C2C Grant here. Additionally, there are limited funds available to assist with paying past debt at a Mississippi public institution, and they are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Your C2C Coach will be able to help guide you through that process if you have questions.

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

There are limited funds available to assist with paying past debt at a Mississippi public institution, and they are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact your C2C Coach for additional details.

Can I receive the C2C Grant each semester I am enrolled?

C2C Grants are renewable subject to fund availability. To be eligible for a continued C2C Grant, you must continue enrollment without a break in semesters (summer is excluded), be in good academic and financial standing with the institution, and reapply for the C2C grant each semester. Please make sure that your C2C Coach is aware that you want to be considered for the C2C Grant each semester you are enrolled.

What can I use the C2C Grant for?

This grant can be used toward cost of attendance for students enrolling through C2C at any of our Mississippi public community colleges or universities.

Do I need to complete FAFSA and the Mississippi Aid Application (MAAPP) each semester to be considered for the C2C Grant?

No, once you have completed them initially, there is no need to complete them again for C2C grant purposes. However, you must submit a new C2C grant application and supporting documentation each semester you would like to be considered for the grant.  If you are wanting to be considered for federal and state aid each year, FAFSA and MAAPP have to be completed each academic year.

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Additional Benefits of the C2C Program:

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

While incentives will vary by school, below 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 and weekend classes
  • Adult learner scholarships/tuition assistance
  • Special adult learner tuition packages
  • Repayment plan options
  • Prior learning assessment
  • On-campus childcare
  • Institutional incentives for adult learners
  • Regionally accredited Career Technical programs and career technical coursework may be accepted
  • Reverse transfer associate's degree
  • University Studies Degree Program

What is the University Studies Degree Program?

The University Studies Degree 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 University Studies Degree 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. This degree program includes grade forgiveness and can accept up to 30 hours of technical credits.

What is the eligibility for the University Studies Degree Program?

A student is eligible for admission to the University Studies degree program if he has earned at least 90 credit hours but has not completed a baccalaureate degree and has not attended a postsecondary institution in the past twenty-four months based on last date of attendance. Grade forgiveness and acceptance of technical credits may be available based on the institution.

Is the University Studies Degree Program available at all institutions?

The University Studies Degree Program is available at all of our public universities, including UMMC. For more details on the University Studies Degree Program at your institution, please contact your C2C Coach. This is only a degree program at the bachelor’s level.

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's 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 will just fill out the C2C application and choose the institution in which they want to get their degree from. The C2C Coach will help guide you through this process.

Are all degree options available completely online?

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.

I have been out for years. How do I know if my courses will even apply toward a degree?

Credits earned at Mississippi community colleges and universities do not expire. Your C2C Coach is committed to helping you find the fastest path to a degree and applying all your earned credits.

Can C2C help me earn my master’s degree?

The goal of C2C is to help Mississippians earn 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 their first postsecondary degree or credential of value.

Where can I get more information?

For all inquiries and updates, there are several options for information.