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Academic Common Market


States eligible for the Academic Common Market:

Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia participate in the Academic Common Market. 

What is it?

The Academic Common Market (ACM) is a tuition savings program for college students in participating Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) member states. Students can enroll in out-of-state institutions that offer their degree program and pay that institution’s in-state tuition rates.

West Virginia University offers several of its graduate programs to students from participating member states:

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Students who are residents of a participating SREB member state (see map) may qualify to receive the benefits of the Academic Common Market (ACM) at WVU. Interested students should follow these steps:

Step 1  

Apply to and obtain acceptance to a WVU graduate program that provides ACM benefits to students from your state of residence.

Step 2

Apply for certification of residency by contacting your home state ACM Coordinator . The State Coordinator will certify your residency and notify WVU’s ACM Coordinator. Direct any questions about this process to your home state ACM Coordinator. This step may take up to 6 weeks or longer, so apply early. Please note the following firm deadlines for receipt of residency certification letters:

  • Fall term program start – July 31
  • Spring term program start – December 15
  • Summer term program start – April 30

Step 3

Your home state ACM Coordinator will send a letter certifying your residency to the WVU ACM Coordinator. Within 3 weeks, the WVU ACM Coordinator will determine your eligibility for ACM benefits. If you are eligible, the WVU Office of the Registrar will grant you in-state status for tuition and fee billing.

Step 4

The WVU ACM Coordinator will send a letter to your permanent address notifying you of approval for ACM benefits.

Additional Details

  • An award of ACM tuition benefits is not automatic. Participants must be admitted as a regular degree-seeking graduate student to an ACM-eligible program at WVU through the normal admissions process and must meet their home state residency requirements.
  • ACM benefits apply only to courses required for the approved degree program to which the student is accepted. Students with ACM benefits may not use these benefits to complete courses toward a different or additional degree or certificate.
  • Students will not need to reapply every year for ACM benefits through WVU, provided they:
    • Remain enrolled full-time (9 credits) in each fall and spring term in the approved degree program.
    • Earn passing grades (as defined by the degree program) in at least 9 credits in each fall and spring term.
    • Maintain good academic standing (WVU requires a 2.75 GPA at the graduate level, but some degree programs require a higher GPA or have additional criteria for good academic standing).
    • Retain home state residency.
  • Students who fail to meet the requirements for continued ACM benefits will be removed from the ACM program and out-of-state tuition and fees will be assessed in subsequent terms.