NOTE: Due to the high volume of applications, we are unable to accommodate requests to expedite applications. Our processing time is 4 to 6 weeks and applications are processed in the order in which they are received. If an application is incomplete or additional information or documentation is required, processing may extend past the abovementioned timeframe. Our office does not have an ACM deadline nor do we recognize deadlines set by institutions; therefore, it is the responsibility of the student to work with their institution directly.
How to Apply to the
Academic Common Market
Students may apply for ACM eligibility if you meet the following criteria:
- You are a domiciliary resident of Virginia. See Guidelines for In-State Residency and Tuition.
- You are enrolled full-time in a degree program available to Virginia residents.
- You have a letter of acceptance (conditional or provisional acceptances are not eligible) into the specific program of study offered at the out-of-state institution and this program is listed in the current Virginia ACM inventory and available to Virginia residents.
Note: All letters must be on institution letterhead and include the major and effective term/year (transcripts and proof of registration are not acceptable).
Students who have been "provisionally" admitted into an ACM major or who must complete coursework before they are fully admitted to the program are NOT eligible for ACM tuition benefits until they are formally accepted into the major. ACM Institutional Coordinators contact information is available through SREB.
If you meet the criteria, the next step is to complete the application to participate in ACM.
Virginia residents may submit no more than one ACM application. The completed ACM application, a copy of the acceptance letter into the approved major, and all other supporting documentation listed on page 1 of the application must be mailed to:
State Council of Higher Education for Virginia
Attention: Academic Common Market
101 North Fourteenth Street
James Monroe Building, 10 Floor
Richmond, VA 23219
If your parents, a legal guardian, or spouse provide(s) 50% or more of your financial support and/or claim you as a tax dependent, you should classify yourself as a “dependent” student on the ACM application for residency purposes. All supporting documentation proving Virginia residency that must accompany your ACM application should bear this individual’s name. Typically, undergraduate students who are under age 24 are classified as dependents.
Find out more information on establishing Virginia residency.
As part of the agreement, states must certify residency in order for students to participate in the ACM. Certification is a one-time-only procedure provided that the student's academic major, residency and institutional requirements remain unchanged. To begin the certification process, students must complete the ACM application and mail it along with required documents to the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).
Generally, the review process is approximately four to six weeks and varies depending on the number of applications received; therefore, the student is strongly advised to submit his/her ACM application at least six weeks prior to the start of the classes or the institution's ACM deadline, whichever is earlier. The process will be delayed unless all questions are completed, all correct documentation is attached, and the application is signed and dated by the appropriate person(s).
SCHEV accepts ACM applications year-round; however, the institutions may set deadlines for ACM participants. We strongly advise you to contact your institution for that information.
If the student is approved as a resident, SCHEV will issue a certification letter for ACM participation to both the student and the participating institution. The institution will either grant a tuition waiver or simply classify the student as an in-state resident. The institution sets its own policy for granting and implementing the tuition waivers, including but not limited to enrollment requirements, and deadlines for tuition payments. Students will not receive in-state tuition rates until the institution makes the final decision. For example, if a student applies during the fall semester, the institution has the discretion not to make the waiver effective until the spring semester. Also, waivers and in-state tuition rates are not retroactive prior to the ACM effective date, except at the discretion of the participating institution.
- Auburn University limits ACM access to undergraduate programs. Only 25 new ACM participants are accepted each year; and students must be at the junior or senior level to participate in the ACM. Auburn selects applicants on a competitive basis. The deadline is March 15. Applicants should first contact the institutional coordinator's office prior to contacting state coordinator.
- The University of Alabama applies the following two new conditions for participating in approved ACM programs (UA limits ACM access to the programs that are currently listed in the ACM inventory.):
- (1) For first-time ACM certification, an undergraduate student must have at least a 25 ACT composite score or 1130 SAT composite score (math and verbal only) and at least a 3.00 overall high school GPA.
- (2) For continuing certification after the first semester of ACM support, each UA ACM student must maintain at least a 3.00 overall GPA on all UA course work attempted. This GPA standard is in addition to the long-standing requirements for maintaining residency and major.
- The University of Alabama limits ACM access to the programs that are currently listed in the ACM inventory.
- The University of Delaware limits ACM access to the programs that are currently listed in the ACM inventory.
- The state of Florida limits ACM access to graduate programs only.
- Georgia is not processing requests from its residents for the addition of new programs to the ACM inventory. Georgia residents may only select programs from the state's currently approved inventory. States may continue to request access to programs currently listed as part of the ACM at Georgia institutions.
- The state of Georgia does not include "mode of delivery" as a determinant of program eligibility for state residents.
- The Georgia Institute of Technology limits ACM access to graduate programs that are currently listed in the ACM inventory. The last semester they will take students through the ACM into their undergraduate programs is spring semester 2011.
- Georgia State University limits ACM access to graduate programs only.
- The University of Georgia grants ACM access after students have completed at least 60 college credit hours and been formally admitted into the ACM degree program. ACM eligibility at UGA is limited to four academic semesters for undergraduate students.
- The State of Maryland has a strict ACM application deadline policy. The following ACM deadlines are firm and cannot be appealed: Fall semester — June 30th; Spring semester — November 30th; Summer semester — March 31st
- The University of Maryland, Eastern Shore does not participate in the ACM.
- The University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) campus will no longer participate in the ACM for any major at any level after spring 2013. Students currently approved for ACM will be grandfathered provided they fulfill requirements.
- The state of Mississippi limits the eligibility of Mississippi residents participating in the ACM program to those enrolled in degree programs on a full-time basis. Full-time enrollment status will be based on the host institution's definition of full-time enrollment.
- The state of Mississippi does not include "mode of delivery" as a determinant of program eligibility for state residents
- Mississippi State University effective November 2011 limits ACM access to the programs that are currently listed in the ACM inventory. To be eligible to receive the Academic Common Market tuition remission for approved programs, an entering student must have an a ACT composite score of 21 or better (minimum ACT sub-score of 19 for Math and English) and a core GPA of 2.5 on the High School transcripts. In addition to the ACT and High School requirements, transfer students (4-year and Community College including internal program transfers) must have a GPA of 2.5 on the college transcripts. To be admitted into ACM Graduate approved programs, applicants must meet minimum university requirements as well as any specific departmental requirements that may apply.
- The University of Mississippi limits ACM access to the programs that are currently listed in the ACM inventory.
- The University of Southern Mississippi limits ACM access to the programs that are currently listed in the ACM inventory.
- Mississippi State University, The University of Mississippi and The University of Southern Mississippi are not adding any new programs to the ACM at this time.
- Effective November 1, 2011 and until further notice, North Carolina will add no new degree programs to the ACM inventory. Nor will North Carolina be able to approve any certifications for students beginning study after academic year 2011-12. North Carolina hopes to renew its participation in the ACM, if not for academic year 2012-13, then for as soon as possible thereafter.
- The University of Oklahoma limits ACM access to the programs that are currently listed in the ACM inventory.
- The state of South Carolina limits the eligibility of South Carolina residents participating in the ACM program to those enrolled in degree programs on a full-time basis. Full-time enrollment status will be based on the host institution's definition of full-time enrollment.
- The state of South Carolina does not include "mode of delivery" as a determinant of program eligibility for state residents.
- Clemson University limits limits ACM access to 35 new ACM participants each year. Applicants should first contact their state coordinator as the first step in seeking approval for ACM in their state. Clemson will notify the South Carolina State Coordinator when our limit has been reached on new student participation. Students must be approved for the ACM your first semester at Clemson: First time freshmen or first time graduate student. Students will lose their ACM instate tuition if they change their major. Receipt of the ACM waiver may affect eligibility for other scholarships. Students seeking approval for ACM in engineering (with the exception of Biosystems Engineering) and business majors are not eligible for consideration for ACM until their sophomore year at which time they have declared a major and the major has been approved for ACM.
- The Citadel, College of Charleston, Francis Marion University and the University of South Carolina-Beaufort do not participate in the ACM.
- Clemson University will not add the BS in Packaging Science to the ACM until further notice. Check again in the calendar year of 2019.
- Coastal Carolina University will not add the BSBA in Marketing (Professional Golf Management) to the ACM. This restriction will remain in effect until further notice. Check again in 2017.
- Medical University of South Carolina will not add the MS in Cardiovascular Perfusion or the DNAP in Nursing Anesthesia to the ACM. This restriction will remain in effect until further notice.
- The state of Texas limits ACM access to graduate programs only.
- The University of Texas at Austin does not participate in the ACM.
- The College of William and Mary limits ACM access to the program that is currently listed in the ACM inventory.
- George Mason University, James Madison University, University of Mary Washington, University of Virginia, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Military Institute and Virginia Tech do not participate in the ACM.
- West Virginia University will not add the BS in Forensic and Investigative Science to the ACM until further notice. Check again in 2019.
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