Get2College is Mississippi’s recognized expert resource for college admission and financial aid advice.

We offer students and their families a comprehensive program to help plan, prepare, and pay for college. Get2College is a program of the nonprofit Woodward Hines Education Foundation. We provide free counseling services in our Get2College Centers in JacksonOcean Springs, and Southaven and support high school counselors throughout the state in helping students get to college and be successful there. Our new model college access program delivers intensive counseling services in a small number of select schools. Our Get2College Centers counsel more than 4,000 students and parents annually, and our outreach staff touch more than 35,000 per year through workshops in the state’s high schools. We host FAFSA Completion Days in more than 200 high schools, providing one-on-one assistance in submitting the federal and Mississippi financial aid applications.

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What We Mean by College


College does not mean just four-year institutions because there are many pathways to fulfill career aspirations. Whether working toward a welding technology certificate at a community college or an engineering degree from a university, we help any student seeking a valuable post-secondary credential.


How we are Funded


Get2College is a program of the nonprofit Woodward Hines Education Foundation (WHEF). The mission of WHEF is to help Mississippians achieve a better life through education by providing services and philanthropic grants, while building permanent charitable capital.


WHEF Mission


Our mission is to help more Mississippians obtain postsecondary credentials, college certificates, and degrees that lead to meaningful employment.


WHEF Vision


We envision a Mississippi where all people can secure the training and education beyond high school that will allow them to enhance their quality of life, strengthen their communities, and contribute to a vibrant and prosperous future for our state.


Our Priorities


Access

Access to Education

Get2College (G2C), our signature program, provides high-quality college access services that are not replicated by any other organization in the state.

Due to the vast need for such services across the state, we are committed to scaling G2C services for students and families outside of the programs core geographies in Jackson, Ocean Springs, and Southaven. Through deepening and broadening G2C’s impact, we will focus intentionally on closing gaps in college access between those near G2C centers and those who are currently least likely to benefit from G2C services.

We are working actively to integrate the program's access work with emerging college completion work, creating linkages between G2C and our efforts to help students persist through college.

Access to Employment

The opportunity to obtain family-sustaining work at the end of one’s postsecondary experiences can be a powerful motivating factor for college completion. We work to bridge connections between employers and postsecondary institutions to align activities to support clearer pathways to economically rewarding employment.

Completion

Strengthening the First-Year Experience at Two- and Four-year Institutions

We are working to enhance the first-year experience of students at two- and four-year postsecondary institutions by investing in researched-based solutions and supporting promising practices in partnership with entities in the public and private sectors to ensure students successfully persist to graduation.

Connection to Meaningful Employment

Changing and Adapting Systems

Every system is perfectly designed to get the results it produces. We believe that in order for Mississippi to become a place where all its residents can gain postsecondary credentials that lead to economically meaningful employment, Mississippi’s institutions, communities, and leaders will need to work in new ways to produce different outcomes.

To ensure large-scale, sustainable change, we support approaches to systems and policies that align and improve institutions and systems designed to ensure more Mississippians can access and complete postsecondary credentials or degrees.