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Academic Common Market

ACM provides in-state tuition rates for approved degree programs
offered by select institutions in participating states.

Why Kentucky needs Academic Common Market

With the heavy push to secure a college degree combined with the increasing cost of college, families face tough decisions: how to pay for college without excessive student loan debt. For Kentucky students pursuing degree programs not offered in state, out-of-state tuition rates could cost twice as much as in state.

The Council, as part of the Southern Regional Education Board, participates in the Academic Common Market. This program provides discounted tuition for degree programs at select schools in participating states. To qualify for ACM, students prove residency in Kentucky and select an approved degree program not offered in state. More than 1,900 undergraduate and graduate programs are available.

How students benefit from ACM

Students gain greater access to degree programs, paying the current in-state tuition rates offered by the out-of-state institutions. Kentucky has about equal numbers of students studying in other states as it has out-of-state students studying in Kentucky through the ACM. For students and their families, this savings can also work to minimize student debt. 

How ACM benefits Kentuckians

College affordability is a big concern for Kentucky families. ACM helps reduce tuition worries by making a degree at an out-of-state campus more affordable. 

How ACM helps us toward 2025 goals

More Kentuckians with more degrees is a state priority. ACM broadens student access to degree programs at in-state tuition rates.


Learn more about Kentucky's education goals by viewing Stronger By Degrees, the Council's strategic agenda for postsecondary and adult education.

Last Updated 3/14/2017