Academic Common Market


The Academic Common Market (ACM) is a tuition-savings program for college students in 15 SREB (Southern Regional Education Board) states, who want to pursue degrees not offered by their home state institutions. Students can enroll in out-of-state institutions that offer their degree program and pay the institution’s in-state tuition rates.

Academic Common Market State Contacts

Southern Regional Education Board (SREB)

Tennessee Higher Education Commission Academic Common Market

 

UTC currently has 3 undergraduate programs and 6 graduate programs approved for an out-of-state tuition waiver with 10 states through the Academic Common Market.  Below is a table listing each state and the approved UTC programs.


Approved UTC Programs by Level and State*

State

Approved UG Programs

Approved GR Programs

Alabama

BS, LAS

MS, I-O Psychology

MS, Athletic Training

MS, Nursing, Nurse Anesthesia

Arkansas

 

MS, I-O Psychology

Delaware

 

MS, Engineering Management, Construction Mgmt

Georgia

 

MS, I-O Psychology

MS, Athletic Training

MS, Engineering Management, Construction Mgmt

OTD, Occupational Therapy

Kentucky

 

MS, Environmental Science

MS, Athletic Training

Louisiana

 

MS, I-O Psychology

MS, Athletic Training

OTD, Occupational Therapy

Mississippi

BS, Engineering, Environmental Engineering

MS, I-O Psychology

MS, Athletic Training

MS, Nursing, Nurse Anesthesia

OTD, Occupational Therapy

Oklahoma

 

MS, Nursing, Nurse Anesthesia

South Carolina

BM, Music

MS, Athletic Training

Virginia

 

MS, Athletic Training

* Additional SREB states participating in the Academic Common Market who do not currently have an approved UTC program are Florida, Maryland, Texas, and West Virginia. (Note: Florida and Texas participate at the graduate level only.)

* Approved states and UTC programs are effective as of September 1, 2016.


Do you think you qualify?

If you live in an SREB state and are interesting in a UTC program not offered in your home state, please contact your state’s Academic Common Market (ACM) Coordinator.  The program approval process for the Academic Common Market takes place between your home State Department of Education and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.  UTC is not approved to make those decisions.  If approved, UTC’s Academic Common Market Coordinator will receive official notification from your home state with your eligible program and effective term date.  That notification will initiate the tuition waiver process at UTC and students will then receive notification through the Mocs One Center. 


Frequently Asked Questions

Contact your home state’s Academic Common Market Coordinator.  Here is the link to SREB’s State Contacts.  The approval process happens at the state level between your home state Department of Education and the Tennessee Higher Education Commission.  UTC’s ACM Coordinator will receive an official approval letter indicating your eligibility. You will then receive communication from the Mocs One Center indicating your approval and the effective term the waiver will be applied.
No, certification is a one-time only procedure.  Every semester you will receive an email confirming the continuation of your participation in the Academic Common Market. 
You must remain enrolled full-time (12 hrs for undergraduate level and 9 hours for graduate level) in the program for which you were approved by your home state.  You must also remain a resident of the home state that approved your program.  The Mocs One Center will review eligibility for each ACM participant each semester.  If you no longer meet the continuation requirements you will be notified of your ineligibility and your out-of-state waiver will be removed for that semester.
Yes. You can apply for participation in the ACM at any time. Certifications are made for the next semester so you will not receive a retroactive tuition reduction.
If you change your major to an unapproved program you will no longer qualify for the ACM out-of-state tuition waiver.  You will be notified at the beginning of the semester through an email informing you of your options.  You can appeal for in-state residency, request an approval for your new program from your home state ACM Coordinator, or you can pay out-of-state tuition.
If you change your program, regardless of your current eligibility, you must be recertified by your home state ACM Coordinator to continue to receive the waiver.  ACM certifications are only valid for UTC and the specific program and state on the approval form.