About the ACM
Background: The purpose of the Academic
Common Market is for states to share specified academic
degree programs located at Southern public colleges and universities.
This is accomplished through an exchange of students across borders at
in-state tuition rates. The Southern Regional
Education Board (SREB) coordinates the ACM, and through this
program, students wishing to study in majors not available in their home
states may be able to attend out-of-state universities that agree to
pay the out-of-state portion of their tuition.
The ACM at UA: In the table of
UA programs you will see which particular degree programs are
available for a particular state’s residents. Undergraduate students must have
earned at least a 25 ACT composite score or 1130 SAT composite score
(math and verbal only) and at least a 3.00 overall high school GPA to
be considered for an ACM scholarship at UA. You must have been admitted
to UA before you can apply for an ACM scholarship.
How Do You Begin?
- If you already have been
admitted to UA and meet the above minimum test score and high school
GPA requirements, click
and submit the Application for ACM Out-of-State Tuition Scholarship.
- If you have not been admitted to
UA, please wait until you receive an official admission letter
before applying for an ACM scholarship.
- We then evaluate your ACM
application. If you meet UA’s ACM qualifications, we will inform
your state’s ACM coordinator that you are eligible for an ACM
- You need to contact your
home-state ACM coordinator and provide whatever information the
state requires to certify residency. Contact information for each
State ACM Coordinator is on the
Home Page. (Click on “Academic Common Market” and then
- Your state’s ACM coordinator
certifies residency and asks UA to give you an out-of-state tuition
- We do a final check and agree to
provide a UA-paid scholarship equal to the out-of-state portion of
your tuition, if you meet all UA requirements.
- We send you a letter welcoming you
to the ACM and reminding you of the conditions for continuing to
receive the scholarship each semester.
- At UA the deadline for ACM
certification for a particular semester is the “last day to register
or add a course,” as indicated on the official UA calendar. ACM
students not accepted or certified by that date must wait until the
next semester to receive ACM support.
- All UA ACM students must maintain
at least a 3.0 GPA to continue receiving the scholarship from one
semester to the next. The 3.0 GPA is computed only on UA work
attempted and does not include transfer work. Course work completed
at other universities is irrelevant to the UA GPA, even though the
student’s department may accept the course itself to be used in the
student’s plan of study.
- Each semester, we check each
student’s record to be sure that the student still is enrolled in
the ACM program for which he or she is certified, and that the
student continues to meet all UA requirements for ACM participation.
This includes the 3.0 minimum GPA on all UA courses attempted.
Should you have any questions about the
ACM, please contact: