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Student Financial Aid

Academic Common Market


The Academic Common Market (ACM) at Clemson University allows out-of-state graduate students to pay the equivalent of in-state tuition and resident fees in specialized academic fields.

At Clemson, the ACM is a tuition-savings option for graduate students in 1 of 15 participating states who want to pursue specific degree programs that public institutions do not offer in a student's home state.

Undergraduate Discontinuation

Effective for the 2024-2025 academic year, the Academic Common Market has been discontinued for undergraduate students. Undergraduate students admitted for Fall 2024 and beyond will not be eligible to receive the ACM waiver. 

Continuing undergraduate students who are Academic Common Market recipients will continue to receive the ACM waiver on their award package and student bill until they graduate as long as they continue to meet the eligibility criteria.

Application Process

Graduate students interested in applying for the Academic Common Market should visit their home state ACM website for application details, inquiries and status. 

To be eligible for the ACM waiver, graduate students must be admitted into a qualifying program at Clemson, be a resident of one of fifteen eligible states, and complete the application process in its entirety, including being certified as a resident in their home state. 


ACM Contact Information

Student Financial Aid Information
Jeff Holliday
Director of Scholarships 

G-01 Sikes Hall
Clemson, SC 29634

S.C. Commission on Higher Education
Saundra Carr
South Carolina ACM Coordinator

1122 Lady St., Suite 300
Columbia, SC 29201
CHE Academic Common Market Information