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Let’s say you want to study Zoology, but cannot find a school in Virginia that offers a degree program in that field. You may still be able to go to an out-of-state school and pay in-state tuition.

Your first step is to make sure that your program is definitely not offered in Virginia.

SCHEV offers a Degree Inventory tool on our web site that might be of some use to you. Simply select “Degree Inventory” in the Students & Parents section of our web site. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and select the broad or specific program area that best suits your need. Once you hit “Display” the tool will generate a complete list of the public and private college and university offerings across Virginia that fit your description.

The state does help when degree programs are not offered in Virginia through a program known as the Academic Common Market (ACM). ACM is an arrangement among Southern states allowing students to pay in-state tuition rates at out-of-state schools while studying in <select programs not available at Virginia public institutions. Information on the ACM can be found on SCHEV’s website

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