Academic Common Market

Important Notice: As a result of the General Assembly's Appropriations Act of 2011, North Carolina's participation in the ACM, as both a sender and a receiver of students, will be phased out beginning with academic year 2012-2013. Students certified for the ACM who are enrolled and begin study prior to the second summer session in 2012 may continue to pay in-state tuition as long as they remain enrolled in their specified degree program. (Revised March 8, 2012)

The Academic Common Market (ACM) is a cooperative agreement among universities in 16 states in the southeastern United States. The ACM allows a student to enroll in a graduate program at a university in another state without having to pay out-of-state tuition if that program of study is neither 

  1. offered by the public institutions in the student’s home state, nor 

  2. commonly available in the other southeastern states.