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Academic Common Market: Pursue your academic dreams without paying out-of-state tuition
If you reside in one of the 16 states that are members of the Southern Regional Educational Board (SREB) then you are eligible for certification for in-state tuition. The member states include Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. It is the sole responsibility of the student to contact the SREB and the Academic Common Market to obtain certification.
The purpose of the Academic Common Market (ACM) is to provide programs of study to students that are not available in their home state. The student must first be accepted for admission to the desired degree program by following the normal admission procedure at the University of South Florida (www.grad.usf.edu). The student must be accepted as a degree-seeking student in the specified major with a regular admission status. Students with a provisional or non-degree-seeking status at the institution are ineligible for ACM participation.
The student must be certified as a resident of his or her home state. Each state maintains its own forms and procedures for certification, which are consistent with state residency classification requirements. Residency certification should be considered valid as long as the student progresses toward the specified degree, remains enrolled at the institution and does not invalidate his or her residency in the home state as defined by the home state's domiciliary law.
After certifying the residency, the state coordinator sends a notice of certification to the student and to the University of South Florida's institutional ACM coordinator. The notice of certification must contain, at a minimum, the student's name, address, degree program and title, and the date on which he or she becomes eligible for the agreement. The institutional ACM coordinator makes arrangements with the appropriate officials at the institution so that the student is not charged out-of-state tuition. Any required fees for students are not subject to waiver. The institution sets policy regarding any institutionally imposed deadline for the payment of tuition. ACM students not accepted or certified within the deadline for payment may have to wait until the next tuition payment period to receive the out-of-state fee waiver or in-state status. Waivers or in-state status are not retroactive to any point prior to acceptance into the ACM program, except at the discretion of the institution.
To obtain information for participating states please visit the Southern Regional Education Board at http://www.sreb.org/ then select Academic Common Market (located at the top, right hand corner of the web site). Then from the menu on the left side, select "Search for Programs" and then enter the state of residence.
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