Academic Common Market
The Academic Common Market (ACM) is a tuition savings program for college students in the participating member states. Students can enroll in out-of-state institutions that offer their degree program and pay that school's in-state tuition rates.
Residents from non-SREB states are not eligible to participate in the ACM.
Download the list of West Virginia programs that are available through the ACM.
Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia
Florida and Texas participate only at the graduate level.
Texas does not include online degree programs in their ACM agreement.
Visit your state's ACM web page for more information.
The ACM is NOT automatic. If you have selected a major that qualifies for the ACM, you must apply through your home state to benefit from the ACM.
The ACM program also is not competitive or merit-based, but applicants must meet state residency and college program requirements.
Professional degree programs, such as law, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy and optometry, are not offered in the ACM and cannot be requested.
Some institutions and states may impose additional acceptance requirements, such as full-time enrollment status or GPA requirements.
Applying for ACM Benefits
To apply for ACM benefits, you will need to select a program and complete the admission process at the institution that offers that program. Visit the ACM website for complete information about applying.
You will not need to reapply every year for the ACM benefits, provided that you:
Remain enrolled full-time (defined by institution)
Do not change majors or institutions (even to another ACM major)
Maintain good academic standing (defined by institution)
Retain home state residency
If You Change Majors
Most ACM institutions will not require you to pay back tuition for the years that you received ACM benefits if you change your major or program to one that is not approved for the ACM or is not available in your home state.
However, if you change your major during a semester, the institution may charge you the out-of-state tuition rate for that semester. If you change your major to a different program that is included in the ACM, you must be recertified by your state coordinator.