Academic Common Market

​Welcome to the Academic Common Market (ACM) resource page

for Maryland residents!

The 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 the student 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. Click on Participating Institutions​ to find the state you are researching. (NOTE: North Carolina does not participate in the Academic Common Market.)



If you have already been certified for Fall 2023, the information​ below 

​does not apply to you.

MHEC performs regular assessments of programs to determine whether majors in the Academic Common Market Inventory should be added or removed. There are several programs that have recently been determined to be duplicative of Maryland programs, and will therefore be removed effective immediately. 

The programs to be removed are:

    • Business Analytics with Dual Concentration in Information Management, B.S. (University of Tennessee, Knoxville)

    • Recreation and Sport Management, B.S. (Coastal Carolina University)

    • Sport and Entertainment Management, B.S. (University of South Carolina)

    • Recreation and Sport Studies, B.S. with Interscholastic Athletic Administration and Coaching concentration (Shepherd University)

    • Sport Coaching Education, B.S. (University of Southern Mississippi)

    • ​Hospitality Management, B.S. (University of South Carolina)

    • Musical Theater, B.F.A. (Coastal Carolina University)

    • ​Environmental Studies, B.S. with Aquatic Science concentration (Shepherd University)

    • ​Ocean and Earth Sciences, B.S. with Biological Oceanography concentration (Old Dominion University)

    • ​Sustainability and Coastal Resilience, B.S./B.A. (Coastal Carolina University)​​​​

Please view Program Access Updates.pdf

For more information click onACM FAQs.pdf


Maryland Degree Inventory​  - Check to see if your major is available in Maryland


Search for Participating Institutions and Programs

Maryland Institutions and Programs


Who is eligible for the ACM?        

To be eligible for the ACM, you must be:

Prior to applying for the ACM, you must be admitted to your academic program. MHEC does not conduct "pre-evaluations" prior to admittance.

There are three different opportunities to apply to the ACM each academic year. When can I apply?

​The ACM application and accompanying documents must be submitted through the OneStop portal within the dates listed below. These d​​​eadlines are held firm and cannot be appealed.

Once you have received your letter of acceptance into the ACM-eligible program, you may apply during any of the three application cycles:

  • ​March 1st - June 30th (recommended for students accepted for Fall semester)
  • September 1st - November 15th (recommended for students accepted for Spring semester)
  • January 2nd - February 28th​ (recommended for students accepted for Summer semester)

Important Tasks to Complete


​​​ACM applications are accepted only through the ACM Application on the OneStop portal. 

Please CHOOSE TWO of the following documents and upload them as a single PDF file. The addresses on both documents must match.

  • One parent or both parents’ Maryland income tax return (Form 502 & 502B) – student must be listed as a dependent OR student’s Maryland income tax return (Form 502 & 502B) if student self-files
  • Student’s driver’s license, provisional license, or voter registration card
  • Student's utility bill
  • Student's vehicle registration
  • Student’s high school or college transcript
  • Student's pay stub
  • Completed and signed (electronically or manually) ACM Student-Parent Affirmation form

Military Students must attach a copy of the earnings statement and military orders signed by their commander in addition to the documentation above.

Transfer Students​​ only: ·  Please email us at acm.mhec@maryland.gov for more information about how to submit an application.​

​Important Information -  Once your application has been approved and your certification has been processed, you may view or download your ACM Certification from your OneStop account. The Maryland ACM Coordinator will forward your Certification to your University's ACM Coordinator for processing. Your institution may send notification via email and/or update your student account once the certification has been processed.

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