Complete 2 Compete

What is C2C?

Complete 2 Compete (C2C) is a statewide initiative designed to help Mississippi adults who have earned college credit – but do not have a degree – better their lives by completing a degree program. Created by the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning and the Mississippi Community College Board, the C2C program combines the resources of our state’s 15 community colleges and eight public universities.

How C2C Works

C2C makes it easy for adults to review prior credits earned and matches them with an institution that provides the best pathway for obtaining a degree. C2C links adults to a C2C Coach, who works to maximize the application of earned credits toward a degree. For adults who have enough credits for an associate or bachelor’s degree, that degree is awarded. For those just short of a degree, a C2C Coach works to identify the best pathway that meets their goals.

You’re Not Alone

Thousands of adult learners may already have enough credits to receive an associate or bachelor’s degree. In fact, data collected during the past 15 years shows:

  • 32,000 adult Mississippians may have earned enough college credits but were not awarded a postsecondary degree
  • 127,000 adult Mississippians are within a few courses of finishing a degree
Who Qualifies?

C2C is designed for that Mississippi adult learner who has been out of college for at least 24 consecutive months, has at least 12 transferrable college credits, and is motivated to take the first steps toward completing their degree. Adult learners will be able to finish their degree with a seamless process eliminating the typical barriers to enrollment.

How to Qualify

The Complete 2 Compete program offers a C2C Grant for students that qualify for the program. The C2C grant can be used to pay a past debt to any of our Mississippi public community colleges or universities and assist with enrollment expenses. The C2C Grant totals $1,000 and is awarded for each qualifying semester as long as funds are available.

Your C2C Coach will be able to help guide you through that process if you have questions. Helping to lessen this financial burden will result in more adult learners completing their degrees, allow for better jobs, higher pay, stronger workforce, and more stabilized families.

C2C Pathfinder Tool

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C2C Grant

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Rachelle Ramer
C2C Coach