---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 100 southern public colleges that participate in the Academic Common Market (ACM). Last year, Delaware residents who enrolled in undergraduate programs such as athletic coaching education at West Virginia University, speech-language pathology at Towson University or architecture at the University of Maryland saved an average of $12,320 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.
“Since Delaware joined the SREB in 1998, we have certified nearly 700 students at more than 60 colleges,” said Secretary of Education Lillian M. Lowery. “This year, we had a record-breaking 103 certifications for a total tuition savings of nearly $1.3 million.”
“ACM students from Delaware have been enrolled in baccalaureate programs in acting, architecture, dance, dental hygiene, equine administration, 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,” said Cynthia Kirkpatrick, ACM State Coordinator.
“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.” Added Kirkpatrick, “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 22 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 or nursing informatics, 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.
Students and parents with questions about the ACM are encouraged to contact the Delaware Higher Education Commission at (302) 577-5240 or (800) 292-7935 (toll-free outside New Castle County). Program guidelines, a list of participating institutions and eligible programs, and the application form are available online at www.doe.k12.de.us/dhec.
Delaware Department of Education
401 Federal Street, Suite #2
Dover, Delaware 19901
Phone: (302) 735-4035
Fax: (302) 739-4654
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