2: Tuition, Fees, Housing, and Dining

Tuition and Fees | University Housing | Dining Services and Facilities

Fixed Charge Schools | Variable Charge Schools | Combined Degree Programs Tuition and Fees
Payment of Fees | Installment Payment Plan | Withdrawal from the University | Other Fees and Special Charges
Failure to Pay University Financial Obligations | General Payment Policies | Auditing Courses
Estimated Personal Expenses | Additional Expenses | Veterans' Benefits | Senior Citizens
Academic Common Market | Classification as an In-State Student

Academic Common Market

The Academic Common Market (ACM) is an interstate agreement among southern states for sharing unique academic programs at both the baccalaureate and graduate levels. Students who are non-Virginia residents may qualify for the in-state tuition rate if:
  1. their home state is a member of the ACM,
  2. their specific degree program is not available at a public institution in their home state, and
  3. the departmental advisors at the University of Virginia agree to admit their degree program to the ACM.
Participating states are: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

To enroll as an Academic Common Market student, you must:

  1. be accepted for admission as a full-time student into a degree program[1] to which your state has obtained access for its residents through the ACM, and
  2. obtain certification of residency from the ACM coordinator in your home state.

Contact your state coordinator for certification criteria and information regarding the current availability of courses. Please note, applications for admission should be made directly to the institution offering the degree program.

In order to qualify for in-state tuition rates under the auspices of the Academic Common Market program, the University of Virginia's ACM Institutional Coordinator must receive written notification from the student's home state advising of their eligibility to participate in a specific degree program. These certification letters must be dated on or before October 31, 1997, for the 1997 Fall semester and dated on or before March 31, 1998, for the 1998 Spring semester. This entitlement to tuition assessment at the Virginia resident rate continues as long as the student remains in a qualified ACM degree program. Should the student change from a degree program having ACM certification to one which does not, they will be charged tuition at the non-Virginia resident rate commencing with the academic term for which the degree program change was effective.

Please note, too, that students will continue to be assessed student fees at the out-of-state rate.

Questions about the Academic Common Market program should be directed to the University of Virginia's ACM Coordinator, Office of the Vice President and Provost, Madison Hall, (804) 982-2814 or (804) 982-2362.

[1] Please bear in mind that in those instances where a student must wait until a certain semester to be formally accepted into a degree program (and thus declare the major), ACM eligibility does not become effective until that specific semester. Simple intent to declare the major does not entitle the student to receive the ACM benefit.


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