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Eligible DE students could save thousands in college tuition with Academic Common Market

More than 100 southern public colleges provide in-state tuition to eligible Delaware residents pursuing majors not offered at the University of Delaware or Delaware State University through the Academic Common Market (ACM).


“The Academic Common Market saves students who want to pursue majors not available at Delaware’s public colleges a great deal of money,” Secretary of Education Steven Godowsky said. “It also provides more opportunities to Delaware students who want to pursue degrees not offered at these colleges.”


The ACM is a tuition-savings agreement among 15 states that are members of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). Public colleges in SREB states that elect to participate in the ACM select the baccalaureate and graduate-level degree programs they will offer. Professional degree programs such as pharmacy, law, dentistry and medicine are not part of the program.


Since Delaware joined SREB in 1998, the state has certified more than 1,000 students at more than 70 colleges to major in baccalaureate programs such as acting, architecture, dance, dental hygiene, filmmaking, fire protection engineering, forest resource management, hearing and speech sciences, industrial engineering and interior design. Master’s degree programs have included architecture, education of the deaf and hard of hearing, journalism, library and information science, occupational therapy and public health. Doctoral students have been certified for the ACM in programs such as anthropology, audiology, occupational therapy and theatre design/arts administration programs.


To date this year, 94 students have been certified for a total tuition savings of more than $1.2 million.


In addition to the ACM campus-based programs, the ACM/Electronic Campus offers distance learning opportunities. There are two undergraduate and 20 graduate-level degree programs available to Delaware residents at this time. This allows working adults pursuing degrees -- such as a bachelor of science in dental hygiene, master of library science or doctor of nursing practice -- to complete their degree and receive the ACM tuition savings while remaining employed in their current job. Only Texas does not participate in the ACM/Electronic Campus.


States participating in the ACM are: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. Florida and Texas offer graduate-level programs only. More than 2,000 students in the 15 participating member states are certified each year for the ACM.


Delaware residents may apply for the ACM after they have been accepted into an eligible degree program. Students and parents with questions about the ACM should contact the Delaware Department of Education’s Higher Education Office at (302) 735-4120 or (800) 292-7935. More information, including eligible programs and the application, is available online here.  


Alison May
(302) 735-4006