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What are Academic Common Market and Contract Spaces?

Academic Common Market and Contract Spaces are tuition-discount programs available to Kentucky residents. 

Academic Common Market enables Kentucky students who are interested in an academic program not offered at a public/state-funded university in Kentucky to pay in-state tuition at participating colleges and universities in the 15 states that are members of the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). 

Contract Spaces for veterinarian and optometry schools enables Kentucky residents to compete for Contract Space seats at participating institutions. Kentucky pays for the space, allowing students to pay reduced tuition rates.

What is the difference?

ACM offers baccalaureate to doctoral degrees in both traditional on-site and online formats, but does not provide professional degrees, such as law or medicine. Contract Spaces is the professional degrees option. In Kentucky, Contract Spaces offers options for veterinary medicine and optometry.

Eligibility for Academic Common Market and Contract Spaces

To be eligible for Academic Common Market or Contract Spaces, you must:

If you meet all requirements for the ACM, you can also apply your KEES money toward your tuition.

For questions concerning KEES, such as balance, award amounts and GPA requirements, visit the KHEAA website or contact the KEES coordinator at 502-696-7397.


Report issues or ask questions via our form or call the Council at 502-573-1555 (M-F, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. ET).
Note: the Council is closed on most federal holidays.

Last Updated 4/2/2020