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 2012-13. 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)

What is the Academic Common Market? 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.

What are the benefits of the Academic Common Market?

  • The ACM helps eliminate unnecessary duplication of degree programs across states, including the high cost of developing and maintaining these programs.
  • The ACM helps states make the best use of available degree programs by filling spaces with eligible students from other states.
  • The ACM enables states to assist their residents by giving them affordable access to programs that their home states cannot provide.

Is your graduate program of study eligible?

If you do not find the program on these lists and you think it is unique, you can request consideration through your home state’s ACM coordinator.

How can students get involved in the Academic Common Market? Each participating state has a coordinator listed on the Southern Regional Education Board website. The state coordinator will help the student determine whether he or she is eligible to participate.

For participation in graduate programs at North Carolina State University, please contact:

Dr. Duane Larick
Dean of the Graduate School
1005 Capability Drive
Research Building III