A program of the Woodward Hines Education Foundation.

Who we are

A program of the Woodward Hines Education Foundation, Get2College specializes in college planning and financial aid in Mississippi. We serve any student seeking a post-secondary education, with a special focus on students who have been traditionally underrepresented in college.


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What we do

We provide free counseling services in our centers in Jackson, Ocean Springs, and Southaven to help students and their families plan and pay for college. Our team counsels more than 4,000 students per year in individual appointments.

To reach students and families across the state, we also provide resources including one-on-one virtual counseling and FAFSA assistance, virtual classroom workshops, webinars, and two-way text messaging.


How we do it

In addition to providing direct services to students and their families, Get2College also supports high school counselors and members of school leadership teams in several ways. We present college planning workshops in high schools for students and parents. In partnership with community colleges, we host FAFSA Completion Days in more than 150 public high schools, offering one-on-one assistance to complete the federal (FAFSA) and Mississippi financial aid applications. In 2018, Get2College or our partners hosted 225 FAFSA days. We also provide professional development on college admission and financial aid.


Staff Member Guiding a Student through an Online FAFSA Completion

What we mean by college, and why college matters

We think of college as any education beyond high school that leads to financial stability. It can be a four-year degree or beyond, but it can also be a two-year community college degree or a certificate in career and technical education. We know that college is important, because by 2020, 65 percent of all jobs in our country will require a postsecondary education.


We help any student seeking an education beyond high school and help them find the best-fit college or university. Whether working toward a welding certificate at a community college or an engineering degree from a university, students have many possible pathways to a successful career.