The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Regional Contract Program is a cooperative tuition-savings program. It enables qualified students to pursue a first-professional health degree at selected out-of-state institutions and pay in-state tuition and fees at public institutions and reduced tuition at private institutions. Students who live in South Carolina and want to earn a degree in optometry or veterinary medicine are eligible to participate. Each institution provides a specified number of seats for South Carolina residents in three schools of veterinary medicine (Tuskegee University, University of Georgia, and Mississippi State University), two schools of optometry (Southern College of Optometry and University of Alabama at Birmingham).
Each professional school pledges to admit a specific number of qualified students from other states. Students apply for admission and are responsible for tuition at public institutions, but they are not asked to pay an out-of-state fee. Students have their tuition reduced at private institutions. A student must apply directly to the institution of his/her choice for admission. However, the student must be certified as a South Carolina resident prior to being admitted as a contract student. After you are certified as a South Carolina resident we will notify you and the institution(s). Residency status is made in accordance with South Carolina State Code of Regulations Chapter 62, which can be found at www.scstatehouse.gov/coderegs. NOTE: Certification as a South Carolina resident does not guarantee a contract seat. The institution(s) makes the final decision regarding admission.
SouthCarolina Residency Certification Application
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SC Commission on HigherEducation
SREB Contract Programs
1122 Lady St., Ste.300
Tanya Rogers (803) 737-2224