The Academic Common Market is an interstate agreement among selected southern states for sharing academic programs at both the baccalaureate and graduate levels. Participating states are able to make arrangements for their residents who qualify for admission to enroll in specific programs in other states on an in-state tuition basis. Participating states are Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.

If you are not an Alabama resident and you wish to enroll at UAB as an Academic Common Market student, you must (1) receive approval from your home state and (2) be accepted for admission into a UAB program to which your state has obtained access for its residents through the Academic Common Market.

Certification of eligibility must be received by UAB no later than the first day of class for the first semester of enrollment at UAB. Certification of eligibility will be sent directly to UAB by the student’s home state coordinator. Students will not be considered for Academic Common Market once they are enrolled*.

 

Policies for Undergraduate Students:

  • New students may enroll through ACM if they are admitted directly into the major (and concentration if applicable) for which they have been approved prior to enrolling at UAB.
    *Students placed into “Pre” major designations due to program requirements are not eligible for ACM benefits, but may qualify once fully admitted to the approved program. However, certification of eligibility must be received by UAB no later than the first day of class for the first semester of enrollment at UAB.
  • If a student changes his or her major or residency classification after being approved for ACM, the student will be reclassified and charged the non-resident rate of tuition.
  • Students receiving in-state tuition through ACM are not eligible for academic scholarships.
  • If awarded a scholarship and subsequent approval is received from their state’s Academic Common Market coordinator, the student must choose ACM or the institutional scholarship.

 

Policies for Graduate Students:

  • Students must be fully admitted (not possessing any contingencies) to the graduate program for which they seek ACM certification.
  • To qualify for ACM benefits, certification of eligibility must be received prior to the first class day of the term.
  • ACM is only for first-time graduate students or graduate students transferring to UAB from another institution.
  • If a student changes his or her major or residency classification after being approved for ACM, the student will be reclassified and charged the non-resident rate of tuition.

 

For more Information:

For more information regarding how to apply and a list of undergraduate programs available, please visit the Southern Regional Educational Board website.

 

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