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The Academic Common Market/Electronic Campus Program

For more than 30 years, the Academic Common Market has enabled college students to pursue studies in selected programs in other SREB states and pay in-state tuition. Through this sharing of uncommon programs, thousands of students have been able to pursue degrees that are not offered by colleges and universities in their home states. With the growth and development of distance learning and the emergence of the Electronic Campus, the Southern Regional Education Board announced an innovative program that combines the tuition benefits of the Academic Common Market with the distance learning capacity of the Electronic Campus. This initiative makes selected programs available at in-state tuition and through distance learning.

Residents of 15 SREB states may participate in the SREB Academic Common Market/Electronic Campus program. States and students alike enjoy significant savings through the program. States do not have to provide costly, specialized programs that are available to their residents through the Academic Common Market/Electronic Campus initiative, and students who enroll in other states' programs do not have to pay the higher tuition rates usually charged to out-of-state students.

Academic Common Market/Electronic Campus waivers of out-of-state tuition are available only if certain conditions are met:

  • No public college or university in the student's home state (state of residence) offers a degree program in his or her chosen field of study.
  • The program is available in another SREB state that participates in the ACM/EC.
  • The program is available through distance learning.
  • The student meets admissions requirements of the college or university that offers the program.
  • The student is certified as a resident of his or her home state.

To view online programs available to residents of your state, search the Academic Common Market/Electronic Campus , please click here

Review some Academic Common Market/Electronic Campus Frequently Asked Questions.

The number of programs constantly changes. Participating states select eligible programs to offer to students in other states, and they determine which programs they will make available for their own residents. All programs have been reviewed for inclusion in the Electronic Campus. They must meet the Principles of Good Practice and SREB and state standards for quality. For more information about Academic Common Market certification requirements, click here.

Any student who is interested in enrolling in a program through the Academic Common Market/Electronic Campus needs to complete a residency form that is available from the ACM state coordinator. The student also needs to apply to the college or university that offers the program. To be eligible for a waiver of out-of-state tuition rates, every participating student must be certified by the ACM state coordinator in his or her home state and be admitted to the university and to the selected academic program.

For more information about the Academic Common Market and on-campus programs, click on the Academic Common Market review the information and follow links to programs that are available to residents of your state.