Mississippi Public Universities
Academic Common Market
University of Southern Mississippi
Ashten Chatham
The Academic Common Market has given me the opportunity to pursue my education goals that I never thought were possible. With the help of the Academic Common Market, I can now afford my tuition and receive the education I have been dreaming to have. I am a graduate student in the Speech and Hearing Sciences: Education of the Deaf (Early Oral Intervention) emphasis program at the University of Southern Mississippi. This program is rare and thanks to ACM, I am now receiving the degree I've always wanted.

Ashten Chatham
Alabama

As a resident of Louisiana, I appreciate the opportunity to participate in the Academic Common Market program. I knew that pursuing a degree in Polymer Science was definitely going to take me out of state, and ACM made this possible. The Polymer Science program at the University of Southern Mississippi has given me great hands-on experience, and allowed me to make numerous professional contacts. Now, as I approach graduation, I am grateful more than ever for the wonderful opportunity I have been given through ACM.

Lauren LaBeaud
Louisiana

Last semester I did not know how I was going to pay for schooling until I came across ACM. They have helped me pay for my out-of-state fees. I am a Forensic Science major. Whenever this fee was removed, my schooling was paid for. Thank you so much ACM.

Nierra Richard
Louisiana

The Academic Common Market has been a true blessing to me. There would not have been an opportunity for me to pursue my interests in the Speech and Hearing Sciences: Education of the Deaf (Early Oral Intervention) emphasis had it not been for ACM, since they waived out-of-state tuition for me. As I graduate this May, I could not be more grateful for ACM because it has given me a way to attend the University of Southern Mississippi and become successful in my studies. All of my thanks extend to ACM.

Malone Thornton
Georgia

I am currently working full time as an Aviation Instructional Designer and living in Mobile, Alabama. The Academic Common Market program is allowing me to pursue my PhD in Human Capital Development (HCD) at the University of Southern Mississippi, Gulf Coast campus. Though the campus is only one hour away from Mobile, out-of-state tuition makes working on my advanced degree cost prohibitive. My goal is to become a professor in the field of aviation and human performance improvement and the Academic Common Market program is making that lifelong dream possible.

Alan Martinez
Alabama

The Academic Common Market is a wonderful program and it has allowed me to pursue a degree in Dance Education. Dance Education is not offered at a Louisiana college and by having the Academic Common Market I can study Dance Education in Hattiesburg without having to pay out-of-state fees. This opportunity to study at the University of Southern Mississippi is something I probably wouldn't have been able to afford otherwise. So, a big thank you Academic Common Market for allowing me to get a college education at an affordable cost.

Brittany Heiken
Louisiana

Academic Common Market has helped me throughout my years at Southern Miss. If it were not for Academic Common Market I wouldn't be able to go to this university because the out-of-state tuition would have been too much. I have received assistance from the ACM every year and am graduating with a degree in Computer Engineering Technology. With that being said, this is my last semester at the University of Southern Mississippi. I just want to say thank you for the help over the years.

Amber Hollins
Louisiana

The Academic Common Market has given me the chance to follow my dreams and study the most amazing major of all. Without the ACM, I would not be able to fulfill my goal of being a forensic anthropologist. My state of Louisiana does not offer a Forensic Anthropology major, so I am blessed to have the ACM to help my financials through the University of Southern Mississippi. Although it does not give me a free ride, it helps out a lot and I am most thankful for this opportunity to study my dreams. Thank you for this help. I couldn't have done it without you.

Molly Mayo
Louisiana

Thanks to ACM, I was given a shot to find out if something as simple as an interest could be a dream. It could be a dream that USM provides that my home state could not. I am a Forensics Science major. ACM has financially assisted me in finding out what's next in my life. I can't imagine what could have happened if I wasn't able to afford this chance. As Wayne Gretzky once said, "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take!"

Stefan Muro
Louisiana

Academic Common Market helps fulfill my dreams of completing college at the University of Southern Mississippi ad a Sport Coaching Education major. My family has been in a financial struggle for a terse period of time and the Academic Common Market has benefitted not only me as a student, but it also helps my family. ACM has made my dream of being in college more abundant because of financial difficulties within my family. It is because of ACM that I am able to attend the University of Southern Mississippi. My dream has become a reality here at USM because no colleges in Louisiana offered the degree I want to pursue.

Harold Bonner
Louisiana

John McCall
The Academic Common Market has empowered me to pursue the specialized career field of Architectural Engineering Technology, which is not offered in the state of Louisiana, but in Mississippi. The ACM program allows me to focus on my education rather than be burdened with the expense of out-of-state fees. Thank you ACM for saving me on average $4,000 a semester, as well as the opportunity to succeed.

John McCall
Louisiana

ACM has allowed me to pursue a PhD in Human Capital Development that is unavailable in Alabama. Without the financial support, I would not have been able to afford the degree. While attending school in Mississippi I have learned about the state's economic and workforce development policies and procedures, as well as resources available, and consider it a part of my overall education. I will keep this information with me for a lifetime.

Courtney Taylor
Georgia