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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.

  Application Stage Student Action
1. USC Columbia Admission Acceptance Confirm ACM-eligible major at Freshment/transfer students can call (803) 777-7700 to declare major
2. College Approval Contact a USC Program Contact for a letter confirming major
3. Home State ACM Application Visit USC's Participating States page for a link to the ACM application for your state of residence. Attach the USC Program Contact letter to your application
4. ACM Certification Freshman or transfer students must register for full-time classes (12 credit hours) at orientation.
Current students must register for full-time classes
5. 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  

USC Academic Common Market Approval

*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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