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.

The Academic Common Market is currently available for incoming graduate students and first-time freshmen only.

  • Application Process

    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 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's 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 also receive a letter.

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

  • Eligible Majors

    You can view a list of the current eligible majors for graduate students.

    The following programs are approved for undergraduates:

    1. Graphic Communications
    2. Language and International Health: Chinese, French and Spanish
    3. Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Management
    4. Plant and Environmental Sciences: Soil and Water Science
    5. Sports Communications
  • Scholarships Available

    Currently, any eligible Graduate student can receive an ACM waiver pending their acceptance by Clemson University into an eligible ACM major.

    First-time freshmen awards are limited and are subject to funding approved by the University.

  • Participating States

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

    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

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