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Academic Common Market

Maintaining ACM

The Following Actions Will Cause Loss of ACM: 

Change of major and/or concentration, lack of full-time and continuous enrollment (Fall/Spring only), and lack of good academic standing will lead to loss of the Academic Common Market tuition credit.

Changing Major and/or Concentration

Students receive an ACM Certification for one specific major and concentration only. Any change of major and/or concentration after initial ACM approval will cause a loss of the ACM tuition reduction.  

If you make a change to your ACM major and/or concentration for the current semester you are in, you will owe back the ACM tuition credit received for that semester, and will not receive the ACM tuition credit for upcoming semesters.  

If you make a change to your ACM major and/or concentration for a future semester, you will not receive the ACM tuition credit for that future semester, or for any semester going forward. 

Changing to any other ACM-eligible major and/or concentration requires a new ACM application and Certification for a future semester.

If you are considering a change of major and/or concentration, please contact the USC ACM Office.

Lack of Full and Continuous Enrollment 

Students must be fully and continuously enrolled each major semester (Fall/Spring) in order to receive the ACM tuition credit

  • Undergraduate ACM participants must have a minimum of 12 credit hours each major semester (Fall/Spring).

  • Graduate ACM participants must have a minimum of 9 credit hours each major semester (Fall/Spring)

ACM will continue without full enrollment under the following conditions only:

  • Enrollment in Summer coursework through USC-Columbia: 
    - You can receive the ACM tuition credit for part-time or full-time Summer coursework,
      including online courses
  • Final semester of classes prior to graduation:
    - Contact the USC ACM office prior to the semester starting: ACMINFO@mailbox.sc.edu.

  • Enrollment in for-credit internships (Fall/Spring semester) without other coursework
    - Contact the USC ACM office prior to the semester starting: ACMINFO@mailbox.sc.edu.

  • Enrollment in non-credit internship (Fall/Spring semester) without other coursework:
    - ACM can only continue with concurrent enrollment in a for-credit independent study course. 
    - Contact the USC ACM office prior to the semester starting: ACMINFO@mailbox.sc.edu.
  • Registration with the Student Disability Resource Center resulting in a reasonable accommodation of a reduced course load:
    -Click here for more information regarding registration for a current or future semester (please note there is a 2 week application processing time). 
    -Contact the USC ACM Office (ACMINFO@mailbox.sc.edu) once your registration with the Student Disability Resource Center is complete. 

ACM will continue without continuous enrollment under the following conditions only:

  • Withdrawal due to medical, mental health, or other personal emergency:
    - Before the WF date: withdrawal with documentation to the USC ACM Office (medical, mental health, or
      other personal emergency).

    - After the WF date: Request a Hardship Withdrawal Petition from the Withdrawal Coordinator
    - In all instances: contact the Withdrawal Coordinator (withdrawal@sc.edu) and the USC
      ACM Office (ACMINFO@mailbox.sc.edu) prior to withdrawing from the University. 
    - In order to receive ACM upon your return to USC, you must notify the USC ACM Office prior to your
      return to USC (ACMINFO@mailbox.sc.edu), be in the same ACM-eligible major, and be fully enrolled
      (Fall/Spring).
  • Study Abroad:
    - In order to receive ACM upon your return to USC, you must notify the USC ACM Office prior to leaving
      for study abroad and when coming back (ACMINFO@mailbox.sc.edu). 
    - The ACM tuition credit only covers course work taken at USC-Columbia, so it will not cover tuition at 
      your study abroad experience. 

Poor Academic Standing

You must remain in good academic standing in your ACM-eligible major to continue receiving ACM tuition benefits.

  • Students must maintain the required GPA of the program they are in, as well as continuing to progress in the required course load for the major

  • Students will continue to receive ACM tuition benefits while on probation

  • ACM tuition benefits cease if a student is notified that they must change out of a college/major

  • ACM tuition benefits cease if a student is switched to Undergraduate Studies due to failure to raise GPA or progress in the required course load for the major

  • ACM tuition benefits cease if a student is placed on suspension or cannot register due to student judiciary proceedings

Visit the Bulletin for more information on academic standing.

Change in Legal Residency

Students must maintain legal residency of the state they received their Academic Common Market Certification from in order to continue to receive Academic Common Market tuition benefits from USC. USC ACM approval does not grant students South Carolina residency status. 

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