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.


C2C Application Process:

Who is eligible for the C2C initiative?

C2C is available to Mississippi adults who are at least 21 years old, have at least 12 hours of earned college credit, have not earned a postsecondary degree, and have been out of college for at least two years (24 consecutive months). Out-of-state residents who have at least 12 hours of MS public institution coursework completed can be considered for C2C; however, they are not eligible for the C2C Grant.


Once a student enrolls through the C2C program, they must continue enrollment without a break in semesters (summer is excluded) to remain in the program. If a student sits out a semester after being enrolled in the C2C program, they will have to wait 24 consecutive months to be re-considered or submit an appeal to the State C2C Office through the C2C appeal process. Your C2C Coach can provide you with that information.

How can I apply to be considered for C2C?

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 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 once you have submitted your application that will contain a phone number for you to call in and speak to a C2C representative. If you do not call in, a C2C representative will reach out to you within 24-48 hours to answer any questions and get you prepared to meet with your 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, you will receive an email with a phone number to reach a C2C representative. You are welcome to call that number anytime for concerns or you may let the State C2C Office know of your concern 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 fee schedule 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 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.

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

C2C Grants can be used to pay a past debt at a Mississippi public institution. To be considered for the C2C Grant, please notify your C2C Coach. A completed and current FAFSA and State Aid application must be on file for consideration.

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

To be eligible for a continued 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.

Do I need to fill out the FAFSA and the State Aid application each semester to be considered for the C2C Grant?

No, once you have filled them out initially, that is all the State C2C Office needs. No new or additional paperwork needs to be completed to be considered for continued terms in regard to the C2C Grant. However, if you are wanting to be considered for federal and state aid each year, those forms have to be completed each academic year.


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?

Once you have applied for C2C through our website at, a C2C representative will be in contact with you within 24-48 hours of submitting your application. This C2C representative will answer your questions and get you set up for your meeting with your Coach to evaluate your earned coursework.

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.

  • Contact your C2C Coach
  • Chat with a C2C representative online from our website
  • Visit and submit a request