Academic Common Market provides in-state tuition for students to attend out-of-state colleges
This year 123 Delaware
students are attending out-of-state colleges and universities at in-state
tuition rates thanks to the state’s participation in the 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 ACM.
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. About 15 new programs were added this year. 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 1,100 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.
Delaware residents may apply
for the ACM after they have been accepted into an eligible degree program.
Students and families 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.