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Academic Common Market

Applying for ACM

The Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Academic Common Market (ACM) allows students from participating states to pursue eligible programs at a reduced tuition rate. Follow the steps below to apply for ACM.

Current/Admitted Students
All state ACM offices require proof that students are admitted into the specific ACM-eligible major which a student is applying for under ACM.

Students that have questions about the ACM application process should contact the USC ACM Office and their state ACM office at least 4-6 weeks prior to USC ACM deadlines. 

 

 

Application Stage Student Action

 

1.

Confirm/Declare ACM-Eligible Major Current students can confirm ACM-eligible major at my.sc.edu.  Current students can contact a Major Change Advisor for major change. Admitted Freshmen/transfer students can call (803) 777-7700 to confirm/declare major. 
2. Request Letter Confirming Major Submit a Letter Request. Letters are issued in 7-10 business days. Attach this letter to your State ACM application.
3. Submit State  ACM Application Visit USC's Participating States page for a link to the ACM application for your state of residence. 
4. Register for Classes Freshman or transfer students must register for full-time classes (12 credit hours) at orientation.
Current students must register for full-time classes after advisement.  
5. ACM Certification & USC ACM Approval  Students who have received an ACM Certification* have been made ACM-eligible. USC ACM approval is issued after full-time registration occurs and the student remains in the major listed on the ACM Certification. The ACM tuition credit appears after USC approval once bills have been made available at my.sc.edu.
Students Pending Admission
All state ACM offices require proof that students are admitted into both the university and the specific ACM-eligible major which a student is applying for under ACM. In certain cases,  students will not have a letter confirming major until very close to USC ACM deadlines.

Students who are pending admission should contact the USC ACM Office and their state ACM office at least 4-6 weeks prior to USC ACM deadlines.  
  Application Stage Student Action
1. Apply to USC Columbia Incoming freshmen, transfer and re-admission students need to apply to USC Columbia and declare an ACM-eligible program. 
2. Confirm/Declare ACM-Eligible Major Incoming freshmen/transfer and re-admission students can contact Admissions at (803) 777-7700 to confirm or declare an ACM-eligible major. 
3. Contact the USC ACM Office Contact the USC ACM Office and your State ACM Office at least 4-6 weeks in advance of the USC ACM deadline for the semester you are attempting to apply for ACM.
4. Submit State 
ACM Application
Visit USC's Participating States page for a link to the ACM application for your state of residence. Students are responsible for submitting application materials to state ACM offices with enough time to meet State ACM and USC ACM deadlines. Contact your state ACM Office to confirm if they can accept an incomplete ACM application in advance of your official USC acceptance.
5. Request Letter Confirming Major Once Admissions notifies you of acceptance into USC, submit a Letter Request.  Letters are issued in 7-10 business days. Send this letter to your State ACM Office.
6. ACM Certification & Course Registration The USC ACM Office will receive your ACM Certification from your State ACM Office. Admitted students must register for full-time classes (12 credit hours) at orientation in order for ACM to be approved. 
7. ACM Certification & USC ACM Approval Students who have received an ACM Certification* have been made ACM-eligible. USC ACM approval is issued after full-time registration occurs and the student remains in the major listed on the ACM Certification. The ACM tuition credit appears after USC approval once bills have been made available at my.sc.edu.

 USC Academic Common Market Approval

*Students are responsible for submitting application materials to state ACM offices with enough time for states to meet USC ACM deadlines. ACM Certifications must be received by USC ACM Office deadlines in order to be processed for approval. ACM Certifications for semesters underway or already completed will not be approved.  

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