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Academic Common Market

SREB’s Academic Common Market is a hub for states, universities and college students to share access to uncommon degree programs. Students whose states don’t offer the degree they want may find the program in another SREB state and be eligible to attend at in-state tuition rates.

This brochure outlines what the Academic Common Market is, what it isn’t, and how to determine eligibility.

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State ACM Websites and Contacts
***Please contact your state ACM coordinator for application status updates***

Please note that submitting an inquiry through this site is not the same as submitting an ACM application. To apply for ACM status, you must complete and submit your home state’s ACM application to be certified as a resident. This inquiry only notifies your state contact of your interest in the ACM program.

Notice: As a result of the General Assembly of North Carolina’s Appropriations Act of 2011, North Carolina no longer participates in the Academic common Market. 

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Academic Common Market

Study in a specialized field at an out-of-state college. Pay in-state tuition rates.

Is a degree program you’d like to pursue not available in your state? Is out-of state tuition a barrier to a major offered at a college in another state? 

You’re in the right place. For more than 35 years, SREB’s Academic Common Market has enabled students to pursue out-of-state college degrees at in-state tuition rates, through agreements among the states and colleges and universities.

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What is the Academic Common Market?

  • The Academic Common Market is a tuition-savings program for college students in 15 SREB states, who want to pursue degrees that are not offered by their in-state institutions. Students can enroll in out-of-state institutions that offer their degree program and pay the institution’s in-state tuition rates. More than 1,900 undergraduate and graduate programs are available.
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The ACM program inventory includes programs that have already been approved for the Academic Common Market for your state.

Program offerings are subject to change without notice. Final decisions on program offerings are determined by state coordinators.

To determine if a particular program is offered in your home state, please visit your state’s higher education agency website by visiting our participating states page. 

Important Notice: As a result of the General Assembly of North Carolina’s Appropriations Act of 2011, North Carolina no longer participates in the Academic Common Market.

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Out-of-state education at in-state tuition rates: A student’s experience with the Academic Common Market

Here’s a tricky scenario many rising college students face: The degree program they want to pursue is not available in their state, and out-of-state tuition is not affordable. Many are seeking postsecondary options with lower tuition.

SREB’s Academic Common Market helps students pursue out-of-state college degrees at in-state tuition rates from more than 1,900 undergrad and grad degree programs in 15 states. And SREB has been doing this for over 35 years.