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Academic Common Market

The Academic Common Market (ACM) is a Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) program that has been in place for over 35 years and allows out-of-state students to pay the equivalent of in-state, resident fees in specialized fields.

Clemson has undergraduate and graduate programs that have been approved for the Academic Common Market.

  • Application Process

    Clemson accepts 35 ACM students each fall and once the slots have been filled, we do not accept additional students through the programs. 

    1. You must be approved for the ACM your first semester at Clemson: ONLY first time freshmen or first time graduate students are eligible to receive ACM. Transfer students and continuing Clemson students ARE NOT eligible. 
    2. You will lose your Academic Common Market waiver if you change your major. The Student Financial Aid Office verifies your major prior to each disbursement of ACM.
    3. Receipt of an Academic Common Market waiver may affect eligibility for other recruiting scholarships. Please contact Clemson’s Student Financial Aid Office for more information.

    There are specific steps that you, a prospective student must take.

    1. After you have received your acceptance letter, go to the Academic Common Market website.
    2. You can check participating institutions and states through a search engine. Select your home state.
    3. From the ACM start page, select your home state and select: State Information. The state information will provide a link to the state’s ACM website and state coordinator. This is where you will find all the procedures and forms for application and approval. This process is referred to as the “certification process”. 
    4. Next, search for approved Clemson University programs, but keep the following in mind: Many states do not review and approve programs until a student requests the review. So if your home state has not reviewed a Clemson degree program, you can request it be considered for the Academic Common Market by contacting your home state ACM coordinator.
    5. Once you have been approved by your home state ACM coordinator, Clemson University will be notified of your approval and you will receive a letter as well.
  • Selection Process

    Once Clemson University receives your approval letter…

    1. Approval letters should be certified by your home state no later than our priority date of April 15. Complying with this date DOES NOT guarantee you will receive an ACM waiver. In 2016, all 35 ACM waivers were filled by this date!
    2. All ACM approval letters are held until our priority ACM date of April 15.
    3. Selections are then made by the University’s Academic Common Market committee and you will be notified no later than May 1. Only students who have deposited on or before May 1 and have met the University’s ACM priority date are considered for selection.
    4. Selections are made by the certification date on the letter from your state’s Academic Common Market office.
    5. Students are emailed of their status and an updated award letter is provided for all ACM recipients.
  • Eligible Majors

    You can view a list of the current eligible majors.

  • Frequently Asked Questions
    1. If I receive an Academic Common Market waiver, will I be able to keep my Non-Resident Merit Scholarship and Non-Resident Grant?
      Clemson University’s policy is to allow only one scholarship to pay for tuition. While you will be awarded the higher offer (typically ACM), any other scholarships will be removed. If you ever lose ACM, you can request a reinstatement of your previously awarded recruiting scholarships, if eligible and funding is adequate.
    2. Does Clemson keep a wait list?
      Yes, Clemson keeps a wait list and checks it periodically throughout the summer. Once the fall semester starts, ACM selection is over. Wait list students at this point are no longer considered for ACM during their enrollment at Clemson. Each year is different so it is difficult to predict how many students are removed off the wait list.
    3. If I am one of several students who qualify for the last ACM selection, how is this determined?
      If multiple students have the same certification date, deposit date is used for tie breaking purposes.
    4. Can I apply for ACM if I am not a new undergraduate or graduate student?
      Only new undergraduate and graduate students are eligible. If you are a transfer or continuing student, you are ineligible to receive an ACM waiver.

    Please also check out these frequently asked questions developed by the ACM.  

  • Participating States

    There are changes made to the ACM every year.  North Carolina no longer participates in the ACM and several states participate at the graduate level only.

    Click a state below to see ACM contact information for that state

    SREB States Map

    [Alabama]   [Arkansas]   [Delaware]   [Florida]   [Georgia]   
    [Kentucky]   [Louisiana]   [Maryland]   [Mississippi]   
    [Oklahoma]   [South Carolina]   [Tennessee]   [Texas]   
    [Virginia]   [West Virginia

Student Financial Aid Information
Jeff Holliday
Director of Scholarships
G-01 Sikes Hall
Clemson, SC 29634
864-656-2280

South Carolina ACM Coordinator
Saundra Carr
SC Commission on Higher Education
1122 Lady Street, Suite 300
Columbia, SC 29201
803-737-2274
CHE Academic Common Market Information