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Going Back to College in 5 Simple Steps


For many adult Mississippians who never completed college, the dream of going back to school has remained just that…a dream. The desire to return is strong, but there’s no clear path to realize that goal. That’s a problem the C2C Program is seeking to solve.

By simplifying the process of returning to college, C2C has already helped thousands of students complete their degrees. Here, we’re going to take a closer look at the purpose behind the program and explore the simple steps you can take to earn your degree through the C2C Program.

How C2C helps adult students finish their degrees.

As of the publishing of this article, there are 1,091 adult learners currently enrolled in C2C and 2,456 degrees have already been awarded. And these numbers are growing each and every day as adult learners across Mississippi find out that returning to complete their degree is easier than they previously thought. But don’t take our word for it. Let our C2C graduates explain how easy the C2C Program can make returning to school.

“The C2C team were real advocates for me. They were ALWAYS there for me… each step of the way… making sure I did what I needed to do.”

“The C2C program kept me on track – I always knew what I had to do and the people I had to contact.”

“I found a C2C ad online and clicked on it out of curiosity. The next thing I knew, I was talking to my C2C Coach. She was amazing. She went at my speed, and told me about the C2C Program, the C2C Grant, and asked me what I wanted to study. She was there every step of the way through this process.”

Go back to school in 5 simple steps.

The C2C Program’s primary goal is to help adult Mississippians return to school and graduate. It’s that simple! And we’ve designed our process to be just as simple too. Here, we’ll outline the 5 steps adults can take to return to college.

1.   Fill Out The Application

The first step in the process is filling out the application. It takes just a few minutes and will request some basic information about you and your previous experience at college. The app determines your eligibility for the C2C Program based on where you’ve gone to school and how many classes you’ve taken. If you’ve received a personalized email from C2C, you’re in luck! All you have to do is put in your referral code since your information is already in the system.

2.   Speak With a C2C Representative

Once you fill out the application, simply hit send and pat yourself on the back. You’ve taken the first step to realize your dream of returning to college! But don’t get too comfortable. Within just five minutes of filling out the application, you’ll have the opportunity to speak with a knowledgeable C2C representative about the program.

The primary goals of this initial contact are to make sure the program is a good fit for your goals, prepare you for a meeting with your C2C Coach, and answer any questions you might have. Take a deep breath! At this point, you’re still not committed to anything. This initial orientation is a way C2C invests in you.

3.   Assess Your Previous Credits

After your discussion with the C2C rep, you’ll have an appointment with your C2C Coach at your earliest convenience. During this meeting, you and your coach will determine how close you are to completing a degree based on previously earned credits during your first time in college. Yes, you understood that correctly! Courses you’ve completed in the past might be able to get counted towards your degree. You might be closer to graduation than you ever realized.

Who better to explain the impact C2C Coaches can have on simplifying the return to college than recent graduates? Nobody!

“My C2C Coach was awesome. I couldn’t have done it without her. She helped me schedule, and figure out how to navigate the online coursework and exams.”

“When my C2C Coach told me I had enough credits for a University Studies degree, I couldn’t believe it. I had no idea they could count credits from so many years ago. If the C2C program had existed 5 or 10 years ago, I would have done this sooner.”

“My C2C Coach made getting my degree seem easier than I imagined. She showed me exactly what I needed, and she helped motivate me to finish.”

4.   Create a Custom Path to Graduation

When your C2C Coach has the information they need, they’ll help you figure out the quickest route to graduation depending on your unique circumstances. You might have all you need to obtain an associate degree, or you might have to take a few extra courses to complete your bachelor’s. Regardless of your situation, you won’t have to deal with academic requirements, courseloads, credit hours, and other college-related complexities on your own. Your knowledgeable and experienced C2C Coach will guide you through this maze and identify a viable path to the graduation stage. You’ll leave the meeting with everything you need to get started strong.

5.   Get Connected to the Resources You Need

Once you enroll, that’s not where the program ends. C2C Coaches will help you throughout your journey back to school from enrollment to graduation. Anytime you need help, your coach will connect you to the resources to help you succeed either on-campus, through the C2C Program, or elsewhere. They’re your guide across the finish line.

Keep in mind that most C2C Coaches also hold positions at the school you’re attending, meaning they’re experts in all of the support offerings available at the college. It’s important to meet with your C2C Coach regularly throughout the year to make sure you’re always on track to graduate.


The C2C Program is a one-of-a-kind initiative specifically designed to help adult Mississippians achieve their goal of returning to college to complete a degree. Eligible participants are paired with a C2C Coach who will work with them one-on-one throughout their return to school. Some qualified students might even receive the $1,000 renewable C2C Grant to help alleviate some of the financial burdens of returning to school.

Take a few minutes to complete the C2C app today. Bright horizons are just around the corner.


C2C is a state program that helps Mississippi adults who previously attended college earn a degree and create a brighter future.