---Academic Common Market helps families statewide afford college---
(Wilmington, De.) If your major is not offered at the University of Delaware or Delaware State University, you may be eligible for in-state tuition rates at more than 160 southern public colleges that participate in the Academic Common Market (ACM). Last year, Delaware residents enrolled in programs such as athletic coaching education at West Virginia University, speech-language pathology at Towson University, and architecture at the University of Maryland saved an average of $11,725 in tuition costs.
The ACM is a tuition savings agreement among the 16 member states of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). Public colleges in SREB states that elect to participate in the ACM select the programs of study they will offer. Both baccalaureate and graduate-level programs are offered in the ACM, but first professional degree programs—such as pharmacy, law, dentistry, and medicine—are not.
“Today, families everywhere face tough times and tough choices when it comes to financing higher education opportunities for their children,” said Secretary of Education Lillian M. Lowery. “The Academic Common Market provides a tremendous financial benefit for Delaware students and their families. I am hopeful that by using the benefits of the ACM, students will be able to afford college and pursue their academic dreams.”
“In the eleven years since Delaware joined the SREB, we have certified over 600 students at more than 60 participating colleges,” said Cynthia Kirkpatrick, ACM State Coordinator. “Needless to say, I have talked with many happy students and parents who were eligible to able to take advantage of this cost-savings opportunity.”
ACM students from Delaware have been enrolled in baccalaureate programs in acting, architecture, dance, dental hygiene, equine science, filmmaking, fire protection engineering, forest resource management, hearing and speech sciences, interior design, marine science, materials science and engineering, and other majors not offered at Delaware State University or the University of Delaware. At the master’s level, students have received the ACM tuition savings for programs in architecture, education of the deaf and hard of hearing, library and information science, occupational therapy, public health, and speech-language pathology. Doctoral students have been certified for the ACM in anthropology, audiology, nursing, occupational therapy, and theatre design/arts administration programs.
In addition to the ACM campus-based programs, the ACM/Electronic Campus offers distance learning opportunities. There are currently three undergraduate and 20 graduate-level degree programs available to Delaware residents. Working adults pursuing degrees such as a bachelor of science in dental hygiene, master of library science, master of pharmaceutical and biomedical regulatory affairs, or doctorate of nursing practice can complete their degree and receive the ACM tuition savings while remaining employed in their current job. (North Carolina and Texas do not participate in the ACM/EC).
SREB is the nation’s first interstate compact for education. Founded in 1948 by southern leaders in business, education and government, SREB works to improve every aspect of education from early childhood to doctoral degrees and beyond. More than 2,000 students in the 16 member states are certified each year for the ACM.
The participating states are Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. Florida, North Carolina and Texas offer graduate-level programs only.
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