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Academic Common Market

The Academic Common Market (ACM) is a tuition-savings program for full-time college students in the 16 Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) member states who want to pursue degrees in fields that are not offered by their in-state institutions. These students enroll full-time in out-of-state universities that offer the specialized degree programs, and they pay only the in-state tuition rates.

Students in this program must be a resident of the SREB member state and be admitted unconditionally into an out-of-state degree program that is listed in the Academic Common Market inventory. For a list of participating SREB member states and to view the ACM inventory.

  • ACM is Considered a Residency Status

    Residency Status

    If you are an ACM student, you must be enrolled full-time (9 credits per semester) in order to receive in-state tuition. As a full-time degree-seeking ACM student, you must follow these registration deadlines.

    If you are an ACM student and you want to enroll part-time, you will have to pay out-of-state tuition rates. So if you plan to attend part-time, please check into whether your program is included in our Reduced Rate Program. If so, and you want to enroll as a Reduced Rate student, you must change your residency status to out-of-state.

  • Changing your Status to Out-of-State


    • If you want to change your residency status to out-of-state, you must contact Lakiecher Murphy at to request this. Please plan ahead so that you can meet the earlier registration deadlines for Reduced Rate students.
    • If you do change your residency status to out-of-state and intend to join the Reduced Rate Program, please contact your Department Coordinator to let them know that you are making this change.