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Academic Common Market

The Academic Common Market is a tuition savings program for college students in the participating 16 member states. 

Students can enroll in out-of-state institutions that offer their degree program and pay that school's in-state tuition rates. 

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.

Participating States

  • 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.
Find your ACM State Coordinator


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.

Additional Details

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.

Double Majoring

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

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. 

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 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 re-certified/and or have your state coordinator issue a new certification letter.

Special note for Virginia Residents applying for the ACM at WVU
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.

Students who change majors must reapply for certification according to the SCHEV website.  A new certification letter is to be issued to WVU for  the new major.

Ms. Shirley Robinson
Administrative Assistant and Associate ACM Coordinator
(304) 293-2641 
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