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Summer 2020 Academic Common Market Changes

The WVU System will discontinue its Academic Common Market (ACM) undergraduate agreement beginning with the summer 2020 term.

This change affects the ACM undergraduate program only; WVU will continue to accept  graduate students in the ACM-approved programs. 

Current and Future Student Information

Current undergraduate students receiving the ACM discount and ACM undergraduate students entering in the summer 2019, fall 2019 and spring 2020 terms will remain in the ACM program as long as they meet eligibility requirements.

Undergraduate students who enter in the summer 2020 term will not be eligible for the ACM.

Frequently Asked Questions

When will this go into effect?

Undergraduate students admitted beginning with the summer 2020 term will no longer be eligible to participate in the ACM. 

Will this impact current WVU System undergraduate students who are participating in ACM programs?

No. Current ACM undergraduate students will continue in the ACM program as long as they continue to meet eligibility requirements. 

If a current undergraduate student receiving the ACM discount leaves an ACM-supported program and wants to reenter that program after the discontinuation goes into effect during the summer 2020 term, they will not be able to reestablish their ACM status and receive the discount.

Will this impact applicants or admitted students who want to study at WVU as part of the ACM undergraduate program?

Undergraduate students interested in attending or who plan to attend WVU for the summer 2019, fall 2019 and spring 2020 terms will be able to study in an ACM program and receive the discount as long as they meet eligibility requirements.

Will this impact graduate students in ACM programs?

No. The ACM agreement will remain in place for current and admitted graduate students in eligible programs.

Why is the ACM undergraduate agreement being discontinued?

Discontinuing our ACM undergraduate agreement was a difficult but necessary decision to provide better academic and financial opportunities to our students. 

  • They will have more flexibility to change their major and follow their purpose. ACM undergraduate students lose their discount if they switch into majors that are not supported by the program.
  • They will have scholarship opportunities without restrictions. This is a significant benefit, since certain high-performing undergraduate students in ACM programs are restricted from receiving scholarships of distinction with their discount. We are adding more scholarships to get them closer to in-state costs.
  • This decision strengthens WVU’s commitment to our land-grant mission. Since the ACM does not consider aid as part of their eligibility requirements, discontinuing our agreement allows us to provide a more robust need-based aid strategy to help undergraduate students who are better qualified to afford a WVU education, which is a critical part of our land-grant mission.

I have questions about this change. Who should I contact?

Current undergraduate students should contact their academic adviser. Prospective and admitted undergraduate students should contact their admissions counselor.