Academic Common MarketThe Academic Common Market is a tuition savings program for college students in the participating 16 member states.
Academic Common Market
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.
The set deadlines refer to receiving certification letters from various 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 your application is processed in a timely fashion to meet WVU's deadline.
WVU has a strict ACM deadline policy. Deadlines are firm and cannot not be appealed: Fall Semester - July 31; Spring Semester - December 15; Summer Term - April 30.
The SREB Guidelines state that, “Independent combinations of
available degrees programs…should not be considered, nor should double
major/minor combinations. 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 ACM Benefits
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.
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
The State of VA processes applications on a rolling basis. The ACM at WVU has set deadlines for approving and processing certification letters issued from various participating states and they are as follows:
Fall Semester - July 31
Spring Semester - December 15
Summer Term - April 30
VA Residents must allow a 4 to 6 week window for their home state to process their application in order to meet the deadline set by WVU. The State of VA will process applications despite being late for the WVU deadline.
Missing a Set Deadline
Students missing a set WVU deadline cannot be appealed, and late applications will be awarded in the following semester.