The Academic Common Market (ACM) is a consortium of university academic degree programs in 15 states sponsored by the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). Students wishing to pursue a program of study not available in their home state may be able to do so in another participating ACM state at in-state tuition rates. The 15 states participating in the consortium are Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.
Although most states allow eligible students to participate at either the undergraduate or graduate level, Florida and Texas participate at the graduate level only. This means that a Florida resident going to another state or a resident of another state coming to Florida, can only enroll in a program at the graduate level. Additionally,Texas does not permit ACM consideration for online or distance learning programs.
The ACM program is not competitive or merit-based, but applicants must meet state residency and college program requirements.
Florida residents who wish to pursue a program of study which is not offered by the State University System of Florida via the Academic Common Market (ACM) program must meet the following conditions:
- Be admitted unconditionally into a degree-granting, graduate-level, program. Undergraduate programs are not eligible for inclusion in the ACM for Florida. Certificate programs, post-baccalaureate programs, post-master’s degree programs, and correspondence programs are also not eligible.
- Confirm that the desired degree program is not offered by the State University System of Florida.
- Submit at minimum three pieces of documentary evidence to verify Florida residency as described on the State of Florida ACM Application.
Non-Florida residents interested in Florida public university degree programs should refer to the SREB/ACM website or contact their state coordinator for information and an application.
Available Degree Programs
At the SREB/ACM website, use the Search for Programs feature to find graduate programs already approved for ACM for Florida residents. If the specific program of interest is listed, complete and submit the State of Florida ACM Application. While there is no deadline to submit the application to the State of Florida ACM coordinator, please allow time for processing. Additionally, consult with the ACM Institutional Coordinator to inquire about their deadlines.
Florida residents should submit the State of Florida ACM Application in its entirety to the state of Florida ACM coordinator.
Acceptance into the Academic Common Market for Florida residents will be determined by degree program availability and verification of residency. Upon approval, a certification letter will be emailed to the student and to the ACM institutional and state coordinators.
There is no charge to apply for ACM consideration. Following approval, each will be assessed in-state tuition rates and fees for the duration of his/her program of study as long as continuously enrolled in the ACM-approved degree program.