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Academic Common Market

Effective Summer 2020, the WVU system no longer admits new undergraduate students under the Academic Common Market (ACM) agreement. Current ACM students in good ACM standing will be supported until they graduate, run out of eligibility or leave the University.

There are no changes for graduate students participating in the Academic Common Market at WVU.

Double Majoring

In agreement with Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) guidelines, WVU does not approve double majors for ACM students.

Students will not need to reapply every year for the ACM benefits, provided they

  • Remain enrolled full-time (12 or more earned credit hours)
  • Do not change majors or institutions (even to another ACM major)
  • Maintain good academic standing in the ACM (below)
  • Retain home state residency
  • Graduate in five academic years or less

Changing Majors

WVU does not require students to pay back tuition for the years that you received ACM benefits if you change your major or program to one that is not approved for the ACM or is not available in your home state. However, if you change your major during a semester, the institution may charge you the out-of-state tuition rate for that semester. If you change your major to a different program that is included in the ACM, you must be re-certified/and or have your state coordinator issue a new certification letter.

Remaining in the Academic Common Market

Students participating in the ACM at WVU must follow these guidelines to remain in good standing for the ACM:

  1. ACM students must maintain good academic standing (2.0 or better Overall GPA) and remain a full-time student (at least twelve registered and completed degree pursuant credit hours each semester). Students must meet standards for good academic progress toward entry into the major or completion of major program requirements. If at the end of the Fall or Spring term an ACM student does not complete 12 degree pursuant credit hours, they will be assessed the out-of-state tuition rate the subsequent term.
  2. Students on probation (less than a 2.0 GPA) or who are not making progress toward entry into or completion of an approved program, will be removed from the ACM program and charged out-of-state tuition.
  3. At the end of each Fall and Spring term a follow-up progress audit report is completed for each ACM student. Students who are not in good academic standing or who did not complete 12 degree pursuant credit hours will be removed from the ACM program and out-of-state tuition will be assessed in subsequent terms.
  4. Students receive five academic years of ACM tuition. At the beginning of the sixth year, the normal out-of-state tuition will be charged.
  5. Students must continue to remain eligible under their home state requirements.
  6. Students who change their major or defer entry into the program must obtain a new certification letter from their ACM State Coordinator. Students who change their major to a non-approved ACM major during the semester will be charged the out-of-state tuition rate for that semester.
  7. All notifications relating to ACM status will be sent to the student’s MIX email account.

Contacts and Appeals

Questions regarding the ACM should be emailed to

Questions regarding appeals should be emailed to