IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR NEW AND CURRENT ACADEMIC COMMON MARKET STUDENTS
Only applications and documentation submitted through the OneStop (see HOW TO APPLY below) portal during the application period will be reviewed. Faxed, mailed, or emailed applications/documentation are not accepted and will not be reviewed.
If you were previously certified for the ACM and did not sustain ACM eligibility, you must submit a new and complete MD ACM application, provided that your major remains available to Maryland students.
For all ACM applicants, requests for corrections and/or documentation are issued via email from the OneStop portal to the email address used to open the OneStop account. It is the applicant's responsibility to monitor their email for such requests and to comply by the posted deadline.
Approved applicants may view and/or download their certification via their OneStop account.
All posted deadlines are firm and cannot be appealed.
***** UPDATE - Bachelor of Science in MARINE SCIENCE *****
The B.S. in Marine Science is now available at St. Mary's College of Maryland; therefore the B.S. in Marine Science is no longer available for new certifications for the Academic Common Market.
Students currently certified for the B.S. in Marine Science who continue to meet eligibility requirements as listed on their ACM certification are grandfathered into the ACM, and retain the ACM benefit as long as ACM eligibility is maintained.
Students previously certified for the B.S. in Marine Science and who require recertification are no longer eligible to obtain certification for Marine Science, as noted on your original certification, and ACM benefits are terminated.
Tuition for Select Out-of-State Programs
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.
ACM participants are responsible for the information included on this page and for their compliance with the rules of ACM eligibility. Please check this page frequently for important upcoming changes regarding the Academic Common Market for Maryland students. Please visit the SREB's Program Search webpage frequently to view the list of programs currently available to Maryland students through the ACM.
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) OneStop form; applications submitted in any other format (mail, email, or fax) or beyond the deadline will NOT be accepted.
ACM QUICK LINKS
read the section, “When to apply” for all submission
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' 2021 Maryland income tax return – Form
502 and Form 502B only (student’s only if a graduate student or age 24 or
o *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.
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)
o Completed and manually signed ACM Student-Parent Affirmation.pdf
Military students must attach a copy of the earnings statement and
military orders signed by their commander
*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 deemed complete, reviewed, or processed until the required letter of acceptance is appended to your application.
You MUST submit a new application for certification if you:
your major or institution (even if to another ACM major or institution);
- fail to maintain good academic
standing (defined by the institution), or
- fail to maintain continuous
full-time enrollment in the program for which you were certified
- fail to maintain Maryland residency
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
For the 2022-2023 academic year, requests for access to an academic program must be received by September 30, 2022. Processing time for these requests is 8 - 12 weeks; therefore students should proceed with the ACM 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:
- Proof of Maryland residency (see Section D of
- Apply for a program listed in
the current ACM inventory available to Maryland
- Include a letter of acceptance
into the specific program of study offered at the out-of-state
institution as well as the semester and year you are accepted
on institution letterhead with the ACM Application.
- Plan to enroll full-time
(continuously) and remain in good academic standing (both defined by the
institution) while pursuing the degree program
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:
· Gain full acceptance into an available ACM program/institution.
· 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 them 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 complete the "Contact SREB" page for the Academic Common Market with the Southern Region Educational Board. Visit http://home.sreb.org/acm/Email.aspx?state=21 and complete with the student's contact and program information on the Contact SREB page (before beginning the Maryland ACM application).
· Once you have completed the "Contact SREB" page, click HERE to begin the Maryland ACM Application.
· Please note that the application is available only during the application cycles listed.
· The required tax documents for Fall 2022 applicants are 2021 Maryland Tax Forms 502 and 502B.
· Applications must be submitted by June 30, 2022, at 11:59 pm.
· Any required corrections or additional documentation uploads must be completed by July 29, 2022, at 11:59 pm, without exception.
· All posted deadlines are held firm, without exception.
Please email email@example.com 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:
- Remain continuously enrolled full-time
(defined by the institution)
- Do not change majors or
institutions (even to another ACM major or institution)
- Maintain good academic standing
(defined by the institution)
- Retain home state residency
WHAT WILL HAPPEN ONCE
ACM IS APPROVED?
Once a “complete” application is received,
the State ACM Coordinator will:
- Verify the student’s residency,
confirm the program's eligibility for ACM benefits and certify the student
as a Maryland resident
- Notify the applicant via the OneStop portal and email the student's certification to the institution's ACM Coordinator within 4-6 weeks
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.