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Academic Common Market
CHANGES EFFECTIVE Summer 2020
The WVU System will discontinue its Academic Common Market (ACM) agreement for undergraduate students beginning with students entering in the summer 2020 term.
ABOUT THE ACADEMIC COMMON MARKET
What is it?
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.
- South Carolina
- West Virginia
Florida and Texas participate only at the graduate level. Texas does not include online degree programs in their ACM agreement.
Beginning with the summer 2020 term, WVU will not participate in the ACM program for undergraduate students but will continue admitting graduate students in ACM-approved programs.
STEPS TO PARTICIPATE
If you are a resident of a participating SREB member state you could qualify to receive the benefits of the Academic Common Market (ACM). Please follow these steps:
Student learns of the ACM and makes contact with Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) or state coordinator to determine eligible programs. Be accepted to WVU. Student applies for and is accepted to an ACM-approved program.
Student applies for certification of residency through their home state ACM Coordinator. This will start the ACM application process.
The State coordinator certifies student (which may take up to 4 to 6 weeks to process for processing) and notifies the institution's ACM coordinator and Step 3 will happen.
( Any questions concerning the application process, must be directed to your home state.)
Your state coordinator will send your certification letter* to the Associate Provost’s Office Associate ACM Coordinator, Shirley Robinson, for WVU approval. The Institution will grant in-state status or waiver for out of state fees if applicable. Students will be reviewed to determine eligibility for ACM benefits.
*Upon receiving your certification letter, the process takes about 2-3 weeks to complete depending on certification letters that are received.
Once the student is approved for the ACM benefits, the Office of the Registrar is notified and a representative will update the student's residency status.
The ACM Office will send a letter of notification of approval to the student's home residence.
The set deadlines refer to receiving certification letters from various Academic Common Market (ACM) participating states. Students applying for the ACM at WVU should apply to their home state at least 4 to 6 weeks prior to WVU's deadline, to ensure that their application is processed in time to meet WVU's deadline.
Deadlines are firm and cannot not be appealed:
- Fall Semester - July 31
- Spring Semester - December 15
- Summer Term - April 30.
- 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.
The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) guidelines state, “Independent combinations of available degrees programs … should not be considered, nor should double major/minor combinations that are independently set by students. If both major programs of study qualify for inclusion in the ACM, then the state and institution may allow the student to enroll in both programs.” WVU will not approve a double major.
Applying for Academic Common Market 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 for complete information about applying.
Students enrolling in programs under the ACM agreement:
- The student must first be accepted for admission to the desired degree program by following the normal admission procedure for the institution.
- The student must be accepted as a degree-seeking student in the specified major with a regular admission status. Students with a probationary, provisional or non-degree-seeking status at the institution are ineligible for ACM participation. Institutions that do not classify undergraduate students as degree seeking in a major until a fixed point in their studies (e.g., sophomore or junior year) may elect to accept ACM students as first-year students or only at the point official acceptance into a major occurs. This decision is at the discretion of the institution and may vary among different disciplines. In addition, institutions may determine additional student eligibility standards such as full-time status.
Students will not need to reapply every year for the ACM benefits, provided they:
- 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 re-certified/and or have your state coordinator issue a new certification letter.
Special Note for Virginia ResidentsThe Commonwealth of Virginia processes applications on a rolling basis. WVU has set deadlines for approving and processing certification letters issued from various participating states, and they are as follow:
- Fall Semester - July 31
- Spring Semester - December 15
- Summer Term - April 30
Students who change majors must reapply for certification according to the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia. A new certification letter will be issued to WVU for the new major.
Remaining in the Academic Common Market
If you are participating in the ACM at WVU, you will need to follow these guidelines to remain in the ACM:
- You must remain in good academic standing (2.0 or better GPA), be registered as a full-time student (12 credit hours and successfully complete 12 hours) and meet the WVU standards for good academic progress toward entry into the major or completion of major program requirements. If at any point during a specified term (Fall or Spring) you drop below full-time status (12 credit hours) you will be assessed the out-of-state tuition rate the subsequent term.
- If you are on probation (less than a 2.0 GPA) or you are not making progress toward entry into or completion of the approved program, you will be removed from the ACM program and charged out-of-state tuition.
- At the end of each term a follow-up progress audit report is completed for each ACM student. Students who do not meet GPA and academic progress standards will be removed from the ACM program and out-of-state tuition will be assessed in subsequent terms.
- Continue to remain eligible under your state requirements.
- If you are not making academic progress, or if you fail to meet the standards of your home state, notification will be sent to your personal and/or MIX email account concerning your ACM status.
- Students who change their major or defer entry into the program must obtain a new certification letter from their ACM State Coordinator. Students who change their major to a non-approved ACM major during the semester will be charged the out-of-state tuition rate for that semester.