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GraduateIs a degree program you’d like to pursue not available in Delaware? Have you found a degree program at an out-of-state institution, but the higher tuition is a barrier? Are you looking for options with lower tuition?

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 ACM 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 1998, Delaware has certified more than 1,000 students at more than 70 colleges to major in baccalaureate programs, Master’s degree programs and Doctoral 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.

States participating in the ACM include: 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.

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.

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