IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR NEW AND CURRENT ACADEMIC COMMON MARKET STUDENTS
MHEC staff is aware of temporary institutional decisions due to the pandemic, which has forced closures and moving face-to-face courses into an online format. A student’s Academic Common Market (ACM) status will not be affected by courses being moved online or by temporary closures due to coronavirus/COVID-19; however, students must maintain continuous full-time enrollment in their approved program to remain eligible for the ACM. Students should check with their institutional coordinator and confirm any updates to policies or practices related to the pandemic with the MD State ACM Coordinator.
Tuition for Select Out-of-State Programs
Applicants are responsible for meeting and maintaining the requirements of the state and the institution for continued participation in the ACM. Please contact your institution’s ACM Coordinator before making any changes to your enrollment to ensure you understand the implications of the change on your ACM eligibility/participation.
To complete the online (submission) application process, you will need the documents listed below (complied) compiled into a single file prior to uploading:
Copy of parents' 2020 Maryland income tax return – Form
502 and Form 502B only (student’s only if a graduate student or age 24 or
Copy of official university letter of admission (for new
students) or program verification letter (matriculating students or change of
major) on letterhead stating “full” admission to major and concentration (if
applicable) NOTE: Provisional or conditional acceptance and certain
"pre-majors" are not eligible for the ACM)
TRANSFER STUDENTS ONLY:
You may submit an application for the ACM while your admission decision into the University is pending. HOWEVER, please note that your application will not be complete, reviewed, or processed until the required letter of acceptance is appended to your application.
Copy of student's motor vehicle operator’s license (or
Both parents’ motor vehicle operator’s license
(if the student is under age 24)
Copy of one (1) Maryland Vehicle registration per household
(parent’s if the student is under age 24)
Military students must attach a copy of the earnings statement and
military orders signed by their commander
You MUST submit a new application for certification if you:
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
DEGREE PROGRAMS DO NOT QUALIFY FOR ACM BENEFITS?
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?
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.
Current programs available to Maryland students (subject to
change without notice)
To request access to a program not currently approved, please
submit the student's letter of acceptance into the academic major, along with
the link to the curriculum and course descriptions for the program being
requested. If it is determined that a similar program is not available in
Maryland, then the request for access will be made to the Southern Region
Educational Board (SREB). Per the SREB, request for program access may take up
to 6 - 8 weeks for processing. Please email your request to email@example.com. Please note that the
student must be fully and unconditionally admitted into an academic
program at a participating
institution in order to request access to a new program.
Requests for access for Fall 2021 must be received by September 30, 2021, for consideration for the 2021-2022 academic year. Students should proceed with the application process to ensure the application is submitted prior to the deadline. MHEC is not responsible for access decisions rendered after the institution deadline.
IMPORTANT NOTES REGARDING INSTITUTIONAL PARTICIPATION IN THE
ACADEMIC COMMON MARKET:
Clemson University limits undergraduate participation in the ACM. Please visit the Clemson ACM webpage or contact the Clemson ACM Coordinator for specific details.
University of Georgia
(UGA) Students Only:
At the University of
Georgia (UGA), participation in ACM programs is available only for graduate
students and undergraduates at the junior and senior level.
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.
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
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.
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.
APPLICATIONS WILL BE AVAILABLE ONLY DURING THESE PERIODS.
semester - Application available on March 1 - Closes
on June 30th
semester - Application available on January
2nd - Closes on February 28th
Entering Spring semester - Application
available on September 1st - Closes on November 15th
(Please note the
earlier deadline to allow for processing prior to institutional deadlines and
***ACM application deadline dates are firm and may not be
**Students, not the institutions, are held fully responsible for being informed
about the ACM application deadlines as well as the institution’s deadlines and
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 REQUIREMENTS?
In order to become
eligible for the ACM tuition waiver, all of the following
criteria must be met:
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
Gain full acceptance into an available ACM
Must be fully admitted to the ACM
program major by following the admission procedures for the
institution and program department
Gather all required documents and upload
as a single file. This file will become a part of your online ACM application
· To begin the ACM application process, the student must first register for the Academic Common Market with the Southern Region Educational Board. Visit http://home.sreb.org/acm/Email.aspx?state=21 and complete the student's contact and program information on the Contact SREB page to register before beginning the ACM application. Once you have registered with the SREB, complete the ACM Application HERE.
Please note that the application is available only during the application cycles listed. Deadlines are firm and cannot be appealed. Fall 2021 applicants must upload the supporting documentation to the form, including 2020 Maryland Tax Forms 502 and 502B. Applications must be submitted March 1, 2021 through June 30, 2021.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org should you have questions about the registration or application process.
Please check this
webpage frequently for important upcoming changes
submission process for ACM applications.
IS IT NECESSARY TO
REAPPLY EVERY YEAR FOR ACM BENEFITS?
No, you do not need to reapply if you:
WHAT WILL HAPPEN ONCE
ACM IS APPROVED?
Once a “complete” application is received,
the State ACM Coordinator will:
NOTE: we are unable to accommodate requests to process
applications more rapidly; the average production rate is 4-to-6 weeks if not
longer depending on the time of application. Applications are processed
in the order in which they are received.
CAN THE WAIVER OF OUT-OF-STATE TUITION BE APPLIED
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
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
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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