Academic Common Market

As a result of the General Assembly of North Carolina's Appropriations Act of 2011, North Carolina's participation in the Academic Common Market, as both a sender and a receiver of students, has ended.

Students can no longer be certified by North Carolina for ACM, regardless of when they enrolled.

Students already certified for the ACM will continue to pay reduced tuition as long as they remain enrolled full-time in their approved degree program.

The Legislation

General Assembly of North Carolina
Appropriations Act of 2011
Academic Common Market

SL 2011-145; SECTION 9.12.(a) Notwithstanding G.S. 116-43.101, the Board of Governors of the University of North Carolina shall not participate in the Academic Common Market for the purpose of accepting new students for the 2012-13 academic year, and no new students shall be allowed to enroll through the Academic Common Market program into the University of North Carolina graduate programs for the 2012-13 academic year.

SECTION 9.12.(b) This section does not affect a student enrolled in the University of North Carolina system under the Academic Common Market program prior to the 2012-13 academic year; that student may continue to pay in-state tuition as long as the student is enrolled in that graduate program.

[Summary of the legislation from the North Carolina Senate Appropriations Committee report]

Frequently Asked Questions for Current ACM Students

Why did North Carolina cease participation in ACM?

As indicated by the General Assembly of North Carolina's Appropriations Act of 2011, UNC System participation in ACM was ended due to budget concerns.

Is it necessary to reapply each year for ACM?

No, certification is a one-time-only procedure provided that your academic degree program, residency, continuous enrollment status, and good academic standing remain unchanged. Campus ACM coordinators typically check these conditions each semester.

What are the conditions for me to retain ACM status?

ACM officials at the university where you are enrolled will confirm your eligibility each semester:

  • Enroll continuously during the academic year (summers are optional),
  • Remain in the original, ACM approved major, and
  • Maintain your home state residency.
  • In addition, ACM students coming into North Carolina (as well as some other states) must maintain in good standing with full-time enrollment, as defined by the institution.

Once these conditions are verified, you will be billed for tuition at the in-state rate.

What are the consequences of a change in academic degree program, residency, or enrollment status; and what is expected of me in this case?

Any change contrary to the conditions listed above will jeopardize your ACM tuition privileges. You should notify your ACM Campus Coordinator if you are planning to switch to a different degree program or planning to take a leave of absence from studies. You should also notify your ACM Campus Coordinator when your home state residence address has changed.

I was ACM certified in the past, but I took some time off. Can I return to ACM standing?

If your time away from enrollment was one semester in an academic year, you can return as an ACM student. If your time away from enrollment was longer than one semester, you can no longer be considered ACM. Note: Summer enrollment is optional for ACM.

I wish to enroll part-time in a UNC institution. Can I retain my current ACM standing?

If you have less than a full-time load of coursework to complete in your final semester, you can retain ACM standing for that final semester. Other forms of part-time enrollment are not allowed under ACM, and you will not receive the ACM tuition benefit.

Who can I contact with questions not answered here?

You should contact your ACM Campus Coordinator; if you are uncertain who that is, the Graduate School or the Registrar on your campus should be able to provide the contact information.

You can also send inquiries to

ACM Campus Coordinators:

Holly HirstAppalachian State University Graduate School
Belinda PattersonEast Carolina University Graduate School
Keith SchimmelNorth Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University NOAA ISET Cooperative Science Center
Tawanda M. BurnoNorth Carolina Central University Graduate Studies
Duane K. LarickNorth Carolina State University Graduate School
Lou Anne PhelpsUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Graduate School
Johnna WatsonUniversity of North Carolina at Charlotte Graduate School
Laura A. ChesakUniversity of North Carolina at Greensboro Graduate School
Ron VetterUniversity of North Carolina at Wilmington Graduate School
David EnglishUniversity of North Carolina School of the Arts Graduate Studies
Mimi FentonWestern Carolina University Graduate School
 Victoria HanchellWinston-Salem State University