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 provide resources including one-on-one virtual counseling and FAFSA assistance, virtual classroom workshops, webinars, and two-way text messaging.


How we do it

Get2College also supports high school counselors and school leadership around the state 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 275 high schools, offering one-on-one assistance to complete the federal (FAFSA) and Mississippi financial aid applications. We also provide professional development on college admission and financial aid.

We have created a model college access program at eight high schools across the state to help build a college-going culture and increase college access and completion.


What we mean by college, and why college matters

We aspire to debunk the myths and misconceptions that students, state leadership and parents may have about college. The biggest of these myths is, Not everyone needs to go college.

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.