Academic Common Market
In-State Tuition for Select Out-of-State Programs
- ACM/Electronic Campus (Distance Education) www.electroniccampus.org
- ACM Application for Maryland Residents (DOC)
- Maryland Degree Inventory (Check to see if your program major is available in Maryland)
Maryland Higher Education Commission
6 N. Liberty Street, 10th Floor
Baltimore, MD 21201
What is The
Academic Common Market (ACM)?:
The Academic Common Market (ACM) is a tuition-savings program that operates on the premise that if public institutions (not including private institutions) in a student’s home state do not offer a degree program major (undergraduate or graduate) that a student intends on pursuing, then s/he may attend a participating ACM out-of-state institution offering the degree of interest through the ACM and be granted a waiver of out-of-state tuition charges.
Which States Participate in the ACM?:
Only Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia participate in ACM. Florida and Texas do not participate at the undergraduate level in ACM. These States offer ACM benefits to graduate students only.
programs do not qualify
for ACM benefits?
Associate degree programs and non-degree programs are not eligible for ACM benefits. First professional degree programs, such as law, medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, and optometry are also not eligible for ACM benefits.
Which degree programs do qualify for ACM benefits?
- Undergraduate ACM Programs for Maryland Residents (subject to change without notice)
- Graduate ACM Programs for Maryland Residents (subject to change without notice)
IS ACM A
FINANCIAL AID PROGRAM?
No, it is not a financial aid program or affiliated in any manner with scholarships, award money or financial aid packages that students receive. The ACM program is not competitive, merit-based, or need-based. Given that the ACM program represents a cooperative agreement among 15 states, the State of Maryland also reciprocates and reduces tuition for students from partnering ACM states.
Currently enrolled Maryland high school seniors, full-time, degree-seeking undergraduate and graduate students who have been fully accepted or are already enrolled in an eligible program of study at a participating public college/university may apply.
Additionally, students who have switched ACM majors must also reapply as “new” ACM applicants and abide by the Maryland deadlines. Once granted the ACM tuition waiver, it is not necessary to reapply each year as long as the student remains enrolled full-time and in good academic standing (both defined by institution), does not change majors or institutions (even to another ACM major or institution); and maintains home state residency.
The ACM application and accompanying documents must be submitted to the State ACM Coordinator by the following deadline date(s):
semester deadline - June 30th
Summer semester deadline - March 31st
Spring semester deadline - November 30th
***ACM application deadline dates are firm and may not be appealed***
**Students, not the institutions, are held fully responsible for being informed about the ACM application deadlines as well as the institution’s deadlines**
Besides Maryland’s ACM application closing deadlines, are there any other important dates?
First time ACM applicants are advised to contact the university and be fully informed of the institutional deadlines.
What are the ACM eligibility
In order to become eligible for the ACM tuition waiver, all of the following criteria must be met:
Apply for a program listed in the current ACM inventory and available to Maryland residents (see list of Undergraduate/Graduate ACM Programs for Maryland Residents)
Submit the ACM Application and accompanying documents by the deadline
How to apply?
Maryland residents interested in studying at an out-of-state ACM program; those who are transferring from one ACM major to another; or returning to college after a leave of absence must file an ACM application with the State ACM Coordinator by the deadline and be certified as a Maryland resident per the instructions below:
Is it necessary to reapply every year for ACM benefits?
No, provided students:
What will happen once ACM is approved?
Once a “complete” application is received, the State ACM Coordinator will:
Can the waiver of out-of-state tuition be applied retroactively?
The ACM tuition waiver is applicable only for the institution, degree major and start date specified in the ACM certification letter. Southern Regional Education Board policy prohibits retroactive ACM tuition waivers.
Who can help me with a student account question?
For questions about adjustments to a student account, contact the campus Registrar. This agency cannot interfere with institutional business nor student appeals involving ACM institutions.
ACADEMIC COMMON MARKET DISCLAIMER: As the coordinating agency for the State of Maryland’s participation in the Southern Regional Education Board’s Academic Common Market (ACM) and Electronic Campus (EC), The Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) reserves the right at its discretion and at any time to remove academic programs offered by Maryland institutions from the ACM and EC and/or remove access to academic programs at out-of-state institutions offered to Maryland residents through the ACM and EC. Students interested in applying to the ACM or EC are encouraged to contact MHEC when application is made to an out-of-state institution/program and to inquire on the program’s status (either active or inactive) for Maryland residents. Students who begin studies at one institution with the intent to transfer to an ACM institution/program are not guaranteed ACM access if the respective program is removed from the ACM during their time at the institution of origin.