MHEC Academic Common Market
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. This application is for ACM certification for Spring 2021 only. Requests for certification for any other academic session will not be considered. Please refer to the MD ACM webpage for application submission windows by semester.
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You are required to have lived in MD for at least the last six months of 2019.
Check that your institution is in one of the following ACM-eligible states: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.
Check that your program is currently on the ACM list of programs approved for Maryland students: https://home.sreb.org/acm/participating/institutionstates.aspx
If your program is not listed, then you have chosen a program that is not an ACM-approved program for Maryland students. Please visit the Maryland ACM webpage and follow the instructions listed for the access request process for a new academic program. If you fail to complete the request for access process, or if your request for access is denied, then you will not be eligible for the ACM. Per the SREB, please allow 8 - 12 weeks for processing a request for access to a new academic program.
Register for the Academic Common Market with the Southern Region Educational Board at http://home.sreb.org/acm/Email.aspx?state=21. (Please note that you must still complete and submit the ACM application
NOTE: You must be fully and unconditionally admitted into an academic program ACM-approved for Maryland students to complete this application.
- Copy of official university letter of admission (for new students) or program verification letter (matriculating students or change of major) on letterhead stating “full” admission to major and concentration (if applicable) NOTE: Provisional or conditional acceptance and certain "pre-majors" are not eligible for the ACM)
- Copy of student's motor vehicle operator’s license (or government issued identification)
- Both parents’ motor vehicle operator’s license (if student is under age 24)
- Copy of one (1) Maryland vehicle registration per household (parent’s if student is under age 24)
- Maryland tax return (Forms 502 and 502B; prior year only)
- Military Students: Copy of earnings statement and military orders signed by commander
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What Happens After Submission
You will need to complete the form on this site, which includes submitting a number of verification documents described on the first page of the application. NO mailed, faxed, or emailed applications will be considered - only applications submitted online will be reviewed. The student will be required to sign the application as well. An email will be sent to the student's email address provided on page one of the ACM application. Failure to submit the student's signature will result in the application being deemed incomplete, and consequently denied.
Please allow up to six weeks for processing. Please check your OneStop account frequently for updates or requests for missing documentation required to complete your application.
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