Academic Common Market (ACM)
Notice to Applicants:
At this time, SCHEV is exercising caution amid the coronavirus outbreak to protect employees and the public. We are diligently processing applications. Currently, our timeframe for reviewing applications and processing certifications remains between four to six weeks, however,due to the uncertainty of state activities related to the virus, this timeframe may extend beyond six weeks. Our staff is dedicated to assisting residents during this challenging time and we will continue to do so as long as we are able. Your understanding and patience are greatly appreciated. Please be safe, take caution and know that we are working effectively and efficiently to serve you.
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.
EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY: West Virginia University (WVU) is no longer accepting undergraduate ACM certifications. Pleasecontact WVU directly with any questions regarding ACM participation at the undergraduate level. SCHEV will continue to process applications submitted for approved WVU graduate programs.
In-State Tuition for Select Out-of-State Programs
The Academic Common Market (ACM) is a tuition-savings program that is administered by the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) and 15 member states. The arrangement allows students to pay in-state tuition rates at out-of-state public institutions while studying in select programs not available in their home state. The following states are partners - Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. States and institutions have the discretion to remove or restrict its participation and access to degree programs at any time.
Numerous undergraduate and graduate programs are currently available through the ACM for Virginia residents. Students, who meet eligibility, may apply for certification to the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV).
Information on applying to participate in the ACM as a Virginia resident can be accessed from the "How to Apply" section to the left.
ACM Program Availability
More information about the Academic Common Market is available from the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). To search for ACM programs available to Virginia residents, visit SREB's ACM program inventory. Virginia residents may apply for certification by submitting applications only for programs listed in the current inventory.
Programs can be removed or added anytime by participating states and institutions without notice.
- Auburn University limits ACM access to undergraduate programs. Only 25 new ACM participants are accepted each year, and students must be at either the junior or senior level to participate in the ACM. Auburn selects applicants on a competitive basis; for which the deadline is March 15th. Applicants should contact the institutional coordinator’s office prior to contacting his/her state coordinator.
- The University of Alabama limits ACM access to the programs that are currently listed in the ACM inventory. Further, UA applies the following conditions for eligibility for approved ACM programs:
- The annual ACM Deadline for fall admissions is May 1st.
- Only first-time, incoming freshman are eligible for the ACM program.
- For first-time ACM certification, an undergraduate student must have at least a 27 ACT composite score or 1260 SAT composite score (math and verbal only) and at least a 3.50 overall high school GPA.
- For continuing participation after the initial semester of ACM support, each UA ACM student must maintain at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA on all UA course work attempted. This GPA standard is in addition to the long- standing requirements for maintaining residency and major.
- UA ACM does not provide a probation semester. The ACM award is lost if student fall below 3.0 overall GPA.
- ACM award is only approved for 8 academic semesters – summers are not included.
- ACM students are not allowed to double major under the ACM program. Adding a second major, regardless of ACM-eligibility, will result in the loss of ACM award. ACM students are prohibited from a minor unless required for major. Also, undergraduate students are prohibited from enrollment in graduate school courses.
- ACM students must maintain full-time status. Dropping below full-time will result in loss of ACM award.
- ACM award does not post to student account until grades are verified each semester.
- 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.
- The University of Florida requires that student certifications be submitted to the ACM Institutional Coordinator at the University of Florida prior to the payment deadline for the upcoming semester’s tuition and fees. Any certifications received by the institution on or after the payment deadline, will not be processed until the following semester. Students should be directed to the academic calendar for the University of Florida to view the upcoming tuition and fee payment deadlines.
- 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.
- Georgia State University limits ACM access to graduate programs only.
- The University of Georgia grants ACM access after students have completed at least 60 credit hours and have been formally admitted to the ACM degree program. ACM eligibility at UGA is limited to four academic semesters for undergraduate students and continues through ACM degree program completion for graduate students.
- The state of Louisiana does not include “mode of delivery” as a determinant of program eligibility for state residents.
- The State of Maryland has a strict ACM application deadline policy. The following ACM deadlines are firm and cannot be appealed:
NOTE:These deadlines are subject to change without prior notice. For certainty, please always check the state’s ACM webpage for accurate deadlines
- Fall semester – March 1st through June 30th
- Spring semester – September 1st through November 15th
- Summer semester – January 2nd through February 28th
- Towson University does not participate in the ACM.
- The University of Maryland, Eastern Shore does not participate in the ACM.
- The University of Maryland, College Park (UMCP) does not participate in the ACM.
- 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.
- The state of Mississippi does not include "mode of delivery" as a determinant of program eligibility for state residents.
- Mississippi State University 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 ACT composite score of 22 or better (minimum ACT sub-score of 19 for Math and English) and a core GPA of 2.75 on the high school transcripts.
- Transfer students (4-year college, community college, and internal program transfers) must have a GPA of 2.75 on the college transcripts.
- To be admitted into ACM-approved graduate programs, applicants must meet minimum university requirements, as well as any specific departmental requirements that may apply.
- The University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) limits ACM access to the programs that are currently listed in the ACM inventory..
- The Provost for the University of Southern Mississippi will review additions to the institution's ACM inventory on a case-by-case basis.
- Mississippi State University, The University of Mississippi and The University of Southern Mississippi are not adding any new programs to the ACM.
- Effective of the General Assembly of North Carolina’s Appropriations Act of 2011, North Carolina’s participation in the ACM as both a sender and a receiver of students, has ended.
- The University of Oklahoma limits ACM access to the programs that are currently listed in the ACM inventory and is not considering additional programs.
- 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.
- The state of South Carolina does not include "mode of delivery" as a determinant of program eligibility for state residents.
- Clemson University
- Students must be approved for the ACM their first semester at Clemson: first-time freshmen or first-time graduate student. Students will lose their ACM tuition rate if they change their majors.
- Clemson limits ACM access to 35 new ACM participants each year.
- Applicants should first contact their state coordinator. Clemson will notify the South Carolina State Coordinator when our limit has been reached on new student participation.
- Receipt of the ACM waiver may affect eligibility for other scholarships.
- Students who seek approval for ACM in engineering (except for 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 following institutions do not participate in the ACM program:
- The Citadel
- College of Charleston
- Francis Marion University
- 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.
- Medical University of South Carolina has put an indefinite moratorium on the addition of the MS in Cardiovascular Perfusion.
- The state of Texas limits ACM access to graduate programs only.
- The University of Texas at Austin does not participate in the ACM.
- The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston currently does not participate in the ACM.
- The state of Virginia reviews program inclusion requests once a year. The deadline for submitting program inclusion requests is February of each year. This process may take up to one (1) year to complete and there is no guarantee that the request will be approved.
- The College of William and Mary limits ACM access to the program that is currently listed in the ACM inventory.
- The following institutions do not participate in the ACM program:
- Christopher Newport University
- George Mason University
- James Madison University
- University of Mary Washington
- University of Virginia
- Virginia Commonwealth University
- Virginia Military Institute
- Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech)
- West Virginia University participates in the ACM at the graduate degree level only.
West Virginia University Institute of Technology participates in the ACM at the graduate degree level only.
Academic Common Market Disclaimer
As the coordinating agency for the Commonwealth of Virginia’s participation in the SREB’s Academic Common Market (ACM), the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) reserves the right at its discretion and at any time to remove academic programs offered by Virginia institutions from the ACM and/or remove access to academic programs at out-of-state institutions offered to Virginians through the ACM. Students interested in applying to the ACM are encouraged to contact SCHEV when application is made to an out-of-state institution/program and to inquire on the program’s status (either active or inactive) for Virginia residents. Students who begin studies at one institution with the intent to transfer to an ACM institution/program are not guaranteed ACM access if the respective program is removed from the ACM during their time at the institution of origin.