Given the current
pandemic, applicants may submit the ACM application, without the
Maryland 2019 tax return forms, by June 15, 2020.
MHEC has a 6-week processing timeline. 2019 tax returns must be submitted by
July 17, 2020. If the ACM application is not completed and
submitted by July 17, 2020, MHEC is not responsible for certification decisions
rendered after your institution’s deadline.
Supplemental documents must be submitted using the link found within
your submission receipt from Google Forms.
Important notes regarding the WVU System’s participation
in the Academic Common Market:
Please note that
the WVU System will discontinue its Academic Common Market (ACM)
agreement for undergraduate students beginning with students
entering in the summer 2020 term (WVU will continue to accept graduate students in the ACM-approved
programs). You will become ineligible
for renewed participation in the ACM at WVU should you fail to maintain
Maryland residency continued full-time enrollment, and/or good academic
standing in the program for which you were certified. Should you change majors,
even if the new major participated in the ACM, or fail to meet the University’s
requirements for continued participation in the ACM, then you will lose
eligibility for the in-state tuition waiver at WVU.
To determine how this change affects your participation in the ACM
at WVU, please visit the Summer
2020 Academic Common Market Changes webpage, or contact West Virginia
University’s ACM Coordinator at Shirley.Robinson@mail.wvu.edu.
In-State Tuition for Select Out-of-State Programs
Please check this webpage frequently for important upcoming changes regarding the submission process for ACM applications. Fall 2020 applications will be accepted March 1, 2020, through June 15, 2020.
The application for certification of residency for participation in the Academic Common Market has been converted to a fully online application and submission. All applications must be submitted through the online form; applications submitted in any other format (mail, email, or fax) will NOT be accepted.
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. North Carolina does not participate in the ACM
Which degree 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?
The WVU system will
discontinue its Academic Common Market undergraduate agreement beginning with
the summer 2020 term. WVU will continue to accept graduate students in ACM
The programs listed at the below link will no longer be available to Maryland students after Fall 2019. A Maryland student will become ineligible for continued participation in the Academic Common Market should the student fail to maintain continued Maryland residency, full-time enrollment and/or good academic standing if enrolled in one of these programs.
Find the list of removed programs here.pdf
University of Georgia (UGA) Students Only:
As the coordinating agency for the State of Maryland’s participation in the Southern Regional Education Board’s Academic Common Market (ACM), the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) reserves the right at its discretion and at any time to add or remove academic programs offered by Maryland institutions from the ACM and/or add or remove access to academic programs at out-of-state institutions offered to Maryland residents through the ACM.
At the University of Georgia (UGA), participation in ACM programs is available only for graduate students and undergraduates at the junior and senior level. In accordance with ACM policy, after Fall 2019, Maryland will consider applications for certification for students attending UGA as indicated in the chart below. Qualifying students must be pre-certified to be eligible to submit an application for certification when the student has earned at least 60 credits.
Please check the document below to determine your eligibility for pre-certification for the ACM at UGA.
DEADLINE TO REQUEST PRE-CERTIFICATION IS OCTOBER 18, 2019. THIS DEADLINE IS FIRM AND MAY NOT BE APPEALED.
ACM ELIGIBILITY FOR STUDENTS ATTENDING UGA.docx
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. Students should confirm their institution's policy regarding institution-based aid and ACM participation.
Who may apply? 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 the institution), does not change majors or institutions (even to another ACM major or institution); and maintains home state residency.
When to apply? The ACM application and accompanying documents must be submitted to the ACM State Coordinator within the dates listed below, based on the semester in which the student will enroll.
Online applications will be available only during these periods.
***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 and ACM policies**
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.
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 the student:
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.
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 the application is made to an out-of-state institution/program and to inquire about 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.
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