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.
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.