Complete 2 Compete Grants

Complete 2 Compete Grants

To be considered for the C2C Grant, please complete the following three steps in this particular order.

  • Step 1: Contact and inform your C2C Coach that you would like to be submitted for the C2C grant.
  • Step 2: Complete the FAFSA: Do NOT click the link at the end of the FAFSA to transfer to your state grant application.
    • The 2019-20 FAFSA should be completed for courses that begin between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020.
    • The 2020-21 FAFSA should be completed for courses that begin between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021.
  • Step 3: Following the specific instructions below, submit the Mississippi Aid Application (MAAPP).

Instructions for Completing the MAAPP

In order to be flagged as a C2C student, the MAAPP must be completed correctly.  The following requirements must be reflected on your application:

  • Date of Birth
    • Must be at least 21 years old
  • Are you a U.S. Citizen?
    • Must be a U.S. Citizen and a Mississippi resident
  • High School Graduation Date
    • Must have graduated high school at least two years prior to the date you complete this application
  • Have you earned or are you currently enrolled in 12 or more hours?
    • You may answer YES or NO to this question in order to be considered for the C2C Grant.
  • Have you ever received state aid?
    • You may answer YES or NO to this question in order to be considered for the C2C Grant.
  • Prior College: “Select the college you are attending/attended spring 2020.  If you were not enrolled spring 2020, select the college that you last attended prior to Spring 2020.”
    • This should be the college you attended more than 24 months ago.
  • Institutions to attend: “I plan to attend (name of school).”
    • If you answered YES to the prior question “Have you ever received state aid”, you will be required to select BOTH and Fall and Spring institution, even if you are only applying for the Spring term.   In this case, please choose the school you are enrolling at for the Spring semester for the Fall institution as well.
    • If you answered NO to the prior question “Have you ever received state aid”, and you are applying in the Spring term for the C2C Grant, you will be allowed to submit only a Spring institution.
  • “My current classification is” AND “In August/September my classification will be”
    • Classification can NOT be “Graduate”.
  • What degree or certificate will you be working on in 2020-21 (depending on when you complete the application, answer this question regarding degree or certificate you will be working on in 19-20) ?
    • You must be pursuing your first Associate’s Degree or Bachelor’s Degree.
    • As part of the C2C program, you cannot be pursuing a certificate, second postsecondary degree, nor a graduate or professional degree.
  • Have you completed any college degrees?
    • You may answer YES or NO, but if you select YES, you may only have a Certificate.   A student can NOT already have an Associate or Bachelor’s degree to qualify.
  • Student can be enrolling full-time or part-time.

If you answer all the previous requirements as specified, you should see the following C2C screening questions:

  • Have you been enrolled in a college or university at any time during the last 24 months?
    • If YES, then student is not eligible for C2C and will not be flagged as a C2C student for consideration.
    • If NO, then:
  • Are you planning to re-enroll in a college or university through the Complete 2 Compete program?
    • Answer YES to be considered for C2C and click NEXT.
    • If NO, you will not be flagged as a C2C student and will not be considered for the grant.
  • You will see a new screen with the following statement:  You may be eligible for financial assistance through the Complete 2 Compete program if you also complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).
    • Click NEXT to proceed to the Household Verification Worksheet.

If you did not see the C2C screening questions, please go back and review your answers using the above guidelines.  To be flagged as a C2C Grant applicant, you must answer the C2C screening questions.

Check Your FAFSA and MAAPP Status

Please be sure to check the status of BOTH your FAFSA and MAAPP weekly.  If you are required to submit any additional information to complete the MAAPP, you will be notified within your application.

Check the status of your Mississippi Aid Application (or complete missing documents/information):

  • From this webpage, select “Submit or View MAAPP” (orange button above).
  • Enter requested personal information to login.
  • On the “Overview” tab, you will see a list of “Missing Documents”.  If you  the statement, “There are no missing documents at this time”, then your application is complete.  Missing documents will be listed as “Still Needed”.  Examples of missing documents may include “FAFSA” or “MS Current Year Tax Return.”  Click “View All” for more information and for instructions for submission.
  • To be eligible for the C2C Grant, you must provide two forms of documentation to prove Mississippi residency.  The preferred residency documents are the Mississippi driver’s license, which can be submitted electronically during the online application, and the FAFSA.  Alternate residency documents that will be accepted include the State Tax Return (NOT Federal Tax Return) for the current tax filing year, homestead exemption, voter registration, and vehicle registration.  These are the ONLY documents accepted.

If you have questions about your MAAPP (missing documents, etc.), please contact the Mississippi Office of Student Financial Aid (SFA) at 601.432.6997 or 1.800.327.2980.  SFA cannot answer questions about your FAFSA (other than whether or not it has been received), the overall status of your C2C Grant Application, or the disbursement of C2C Grant funds.

C2C Grant Award Process and Timeline

  • Once both the FAFSA and MAAPP are complete, your complete applications will be referred to the C2C Office.  The C2C Office, not SFA, will then approve or deny your application for the grant.
  • The approval/denial process can take several days.
  • Once approved, enrollment verification must occur to begin the process of funds being disbursed.
  • After your enrollment has been verified by your C2C Coach,  (typically on the last day you can withdraw from classes without academic or financial penalty; could be 1-15 days from beginning of the term), the process for a check to be cut and mailed to the school begins.  This can take an additional 7-10 business days.
  • Once the check is received, your institution will follow their own timeline for posting the funds to your account.

Deadlines for C2C Grant Application

  • Fall – October 31
  • Spring – March 31
  • Summer – June 30

Renewing your C2C Grant

To be eligible for a renewed 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.  They will begin the necessary steps for your consideration of a new term.

If you have questions about this process, please contact your C2C Coach.