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. Spring 2019 applications will be accepted beginning on September 1, 2018.
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 other other format (mail, email, or fax) will NOT be accepted.
Contact information Maryland Higher Education Commission6 N. Liberty Street, 10th FloorBaltimore, MD 21201Fax: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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?
Important note regarding Clemson University's participation in the Academic Common Market:
Clemson University has decided to no longer offer the Academic Common Market to Undergraduates, effective immediately for Fall 2018. Those students currently receiving ACM will be honored until they graduate or run out of eligibility. Clemson still remains an active member in the Academic Common Market for approved graduate programs.
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.
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 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 State ACM Coordinator within the dates listed below, based on the semester in which the student will enroll. Applications submitted outside of these time frames will not be reviewed and will be destroyed.
***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.
Your ACM Application and required documentation must be submitted online and will be available only during the time frames listed below. Requests to submit applications outside of these windows will not be considered:
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.
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.
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