Academic Common MarketWelcome 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.)
IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR NEW AND CURRENT ACADEMIC COMMON MARKET STUDENTS
***** PROGRAM ACCESS UPDATES *****
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
ACM QUICK LINKS
Maryland Degree Inventory - Check to see if your major is available in Maryland
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 to the ACM State Coordinator through the OneStop portal within the dates listed below, based on the semester in which the student will enroll. These deadlines are held firm and cannot be appealed.
Important Tasks to Complete
Application Process For UNDERGRADUATE and GRADUATE STUDENTS
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: You may submit an ACM application while your admission to the university is pending; HOWEVER, your application will not be deemed complete, reviewed, or processed until you login to your OneStop application and upload your acceptance letter.
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.
Resources and Links - Find helpful information by clicking the links below: