Academic Common Market Information

ACM is an agreement between 16 states serving on the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) whose goal is to share unique academic programs with students across the member states. The ACM allows students to pay in-state tuition to study in a program not offered in their home state, provided they have been accepted into an approved degree program at a participating institution. Program eligibility varies by state according to the specific agreements made with its colleges and universities. Each state maintains its own ACM coordinator who certifies student residencies for ACM participation and facilitates nominations for new programs.

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Participating Student Eligibility

  • The ACM program is not applied to your record automatically. If you have selected a qualifying major, you must apply through your home state to be certified.
  • The ACM program is not competitive or merit based, but you must meet University of Tennessee, Knoxville admission requirements.
  • If you change your major, you are required to recertify your new major with your home state.
  • ACM benefits cannot be combined with guaranteed academic scholarships.
  • Participating states may remove programs at their discretion.

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Academic Common Market Regulations

  • Participating students must be admitted to a ACM-certified degree program. Any student admitted in a conditional, non-degree or post-baccalaureate status is ineligible for ACM benefits.
  • State residency certification forms must be received by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions before students can register for classes for the term that the fee waiver is to be effective. No refund or retroactive application will be made for previous terms.
  • A student who is out of school for two (2) consecutive semesters or more is ineligible because their residency or state of legal domicile may change in a six (6) month or one (1) year period.
  • Any student who wishes to gain or regain certification is required to submit a letter of certification from their state representative.
  • Students who graduate from their certified programs are dropped from the list of eligible students. No waiver of out-of-state fees will be granted unless admitted to another approved program and certified by their home state.

Academic Common Market FAQs

Will my admission letter be sufficient to turn into my home state along with my ACM application for certification?

Your home state requires a specific Academic Common Market letter to submit along with your application for certification. Please contact UT Admissions for a specific ACM letter.

If I am not admitted directly into a competitive major, can I still receive an ACM admit letter?

No, you must be admitted directly into the ACM-approved major to receive an ACM admit letter.

How long does the ACM process take?

The process may vary from state to state, but it typically takes 2-3 months.

How do I pursue a program not on the ACM list for my state?

Ask your home state’s ACM coordinator to review and consider an addition to the list of ACM-eligible programs.

Do I have to reapply each year for the ACM?

As long as you are pursuing an ACM-certified major and maintain continuous enrollment at the participating institution, you do not have to reapply each year for ACM certification.

When will my ACM benefits be reflected in my account?

Students will see in-state tuition reflected in their cost of attendance once billing statements are generated in August.

If I change my major to a program not ACM-approved, will I have to reimburse UT for the time I received benefits?

No, you will not need to reimburse UT for previous ACM benefits. You will be charged-out of-state tuition once you change majors.

May I pursue more than one major in the ACM?

No, but you may pursue minor degrees.