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What is the Academic Common Market? What Schools Participate?
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If you live in the South and want to study a unique program at an out-of-state college with affordable tuition, there may be an option available to you. The Academic Common Market enables students to study a specialized field out of state while paying in-state tuition rates at participating colleges and universities.
What does this program entail, and do you qualify? Read on to find out.
What Is the Academic Common Market?
The Academic Common Market (ACM) is a tuition-savings initiative run by the Southern Regional Board (SREB). Eligible students living in participating states hoping to study a discipline that is not available at any institution within their home state can receive affordable tuition at an out-of-state college or university to pursue their degree.
More than 1,900 programs, including distance-learning options, are available in architecture, theater, homeland security, fire protection administration, bioengineering, music therapy, religious studies, and many other areas. You can search for programs available to you by entering your home state in the SREB’s database of approved programs.
How Do I Apply?
You must complete an ACM certification application for your state in order to participate. In addition, you must confirm that your prospective degree program is not available in your home state, and verify state residency. You can contact your state’s ACM coordinator for more information about how to apply and the eligibility requirements for your state and program of interest.
Additional Requirements and Restrictions
While the program is not competitive or merit-based, students must meet minimum state residency and program requirements to participate. Some institutions and states have additional requirements, such as maintaining a minimum GPA or enrolling in the program as a full-time student. If your program requires additional prerequisite coursework, your tuition savings will not begin until you’re accepted into the program.
Note that North Carolina does not participate, and that Florida and Texas only participate at the graduate level.
Which Schools Participate?
Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College | ABAC
Alabama A&M | AAMU
Alabama State University | ASU
Angelo State University
Arkansas State University | A–State
Arkansas Tech University | ATU
Auburn University at Montgomery | AUM
Austin Peay State University | APSU
Bluefield State College | BSC
Bowie State University | BSU
Christopher Newport University | CNU
Clayton State University
Coastal Carolina University | Coastal
College of William & Mary | William & Mary
Coppin State University
Delaware State University | Del State
Delta State University
East Central University | ECU
East Tennessee State University | ETSU
Eastern Kentucky University | EKU
Fairmont State University
Florida A&M University | FAMU
Florida Atlantic University | FAU
Florida Gulf Coast University | FGCU
Florida International University | FIU
Florida State University | FSU
Frostburg State University
Georgia College | GCSU
Georgia Institute of Technology | Georgia Tech
Georgia Southern University
Georgia Southwestern State University | GSW
Georgia State University
Glenville State College | GSC
Grambling State University | GSU
Jackson State University | JSU
Jacksonville State University | JSU
Kennesaw State University | KSU
Kentucky State University | KSU
Langston University | LU
Louisiana State University | LSU
Louisiana State University Shreveport | LSUS
Louisiana Tech University | La. Tech
McNeese State University
Middle Georgia State University
Middle Tennessee State University | MTSU
Midwestern State University
Mississippi State University | MSU
Mississippi University for Women | MUW
Mississippi Valley State University | MVSU
Morehead State University | MSU
Murray State University | MSU
New College of Florida
Nicholls State University
Norfolk State University | NSU
Northern Kentucky University
Northwestern State University of Louisiana | NSU
Oklahoma State University | OSU
Old Dominion University | ODU
Prairie View A&M University | PVAMU
Sam Houston State University | SHSU
Savannah State University
South Carolina State University | SCSU
Southeastern Oklahoma State University | SOSU
Southern University and A&M College | SUBR
Southern University at New Orleans | SUNO
Southwestern Oklahoma State University | SWOSU
Tennessee State University | TSU
Tennessee Technological University | Tennessee Tech
Texas A&M International University | TAMIU
Texas A&M University
Texas A&M University–Commerce
Texas State University
Texas Tech University | TTU
Texas Woman’s University | TWU
Troy University (Alabama)
University of Alabama
University of Alabama at Birmingham | UAB
University of Alabama in Huntsville | UAH
University of Arkansas
University of Arkansas at Little Rock | UA Little Rock
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff | UAPB
University of Baltimore
University of Central Florida | UCF
University of Central Oklahoma | UCO
University of Delaware
University of Florida
University of Georgia
University of Houston
University of Houston–Clear Lake | UHCL
University of Houston–Victoria | UHV
University of Kentucky
University of Louisiana at Lafayette | UL Lafayette
University of Louisiana at Monroe | ULM
University of Louisville
University of Maryland, Baltimore County | UMBC
University of Memphis
University of Mississippi | Ole Miss
University of New Orleans | UNO
University of North Alabama | UNA
University of North Florida | UNF
University of North Georgia | UNG
University of North Texas | UNT
University of Oklahoma
University of South Alabama | South
University of South Carolina | USC
University of South Carolina Aiken | USC Aiken
University of South Carolina Beaufort | USCB
University of South Carolina Upstate | USC Upstate
University of South Florida | USF
University of Southern Mississippi | Southern Miss
University of Tennessee
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga | UTC
University of Tennessee at Martin | UTM
University of Texas at Arlington | UT Arlington
University of Texas at Dallas | UT Dallas
University of Texas at El Paso | UTEP
University of Texas at San Antonio | UTSA
University of Texas at Tyler | UT Tyler
University of West Alabama | UWA
University of West Florida | UWF
Valdosta State University | VSU
Virginia State University | VSU
West Liberty University
West Virginia University | WVU
Western Kentucky University | WKU
Winthrop University | WU
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