About C2C

The Complete to Compete program is an exciting statewide initiative focused on helping students who have earned some previous college credit, but did not complete a degree, to overcome barriers and complete an undergraduate degree program. Those who choose the C2C program will work one-on-one with a C2C coach who will help them explore academic options and determine the most effective path to degree completion on the main UM campus in Oxford, MS or at one of our regional campuses in Southaven, Booneville, Tupelo, or Grenada. It may even be possible, depending on remaining courses needed, for a student to complete the degree through online or independent study courses.

To be eligible for the program, a student must:

  • not have attended any college for at least 24 months prior to enrollment
  • not have already earned a bachelor’s degree or higher from UM or another institution
  • be at least 21 years of age
  • have earned at least 12 hours of college credit
  • complete an application through the C2C website

Why is it important to get a degree?

  • 54% of MS jobs will require education beyond high school by 2018 (US Census Bureau)
  • $22,000 salary difference between college grads and high school grads (Forbes)
  • Workers with a bachelor’s degree earn over $1 million more than high school graduates during their working lives (US Dept. of Labor)
  • Unemployment rates decrease as education increases (Bureau of Labor Statistics)


  • Increased job satisfaction
  • Better overall health
  • Improved social mobility
  • Opportunity for personal development

Source: The College Board, 2013

Financial help may be available

Some C2C students may be eligible for a State of Mississippi grant of $1000 per semester to assist with tuition expenses.  For students who meet the eligibility requirement, the grant is available for fall, spring and summer. 

For more detailed information about the C2C grant, including eligibility requirements, deadlines, and application process, please visit the state’s main Complete to Compete website.

If you are a C2C participant and you believe you meet the eligibility requirements to be considered for the grant, you must submit a Request to be Considered for the C2C Grant form to the UM Office of General Studies each semester (fall, spring, summer). This form is essential for our UM C2C coaches to do their part in authorizing a student to complete the online grant application. 

Leroy Kirkendall
11 May

Long-haul trucker changes lanes to complete degree

Leroy Kirkendall finds path through C2C program to earn BUS.

Phyllis Green and family
14 Jun

Green Completes UM Degree after 30-Year Break

Oxford teaching assistant, breast cancer survivor receives diploma through C2C program.

Fahn Cooper
7 Jun

Fahn Cooper: Driven to Complete His Degree

Fahn applied the same drive and determination he had on the football field to completing his degree.

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