Academic Common Market
The Academic Common Market is an affordable way to attend college and pursue a degree that is not offered in your home state. Out-of-state students from 15 participating southern states can enroll at Oklahoma State University and pay the in-state tuition rate. OSU has a number of popular programs available for residents of states participating in the Southern Regional Education Board.
The first step to participating in the Academic Common Market is to visit the Southern Regional Education Board website and search for the program that interests you.
Once you have identified your targeted program at OSU, it is very important to contact your home state’s education board to find the exact enrollment requirements and applicable deadlines for your state.
Each state administers ACM differently, so there is no standard process, but generally you must apply and be admitted to your selected major at OSU to receive final approval from your state to receive benefits from the ACM program. To determine what your state requires, you must check with your state education board contact. If your state requires more than your OSU admission letter, the Registrar’s office can provide an enrollment certification letter directly to your home state in just a few days. Students do not need to be on campus or enrolled in classes to receive the certification letter.
If your state approves the ACM program, the state education board will send a form to the OSU Office of Academic Affairs. The Provost’s office forwards that documentation to the Registrar to process the out-of-state tuition waiver.
Frequently asked questions
- Where can I find more information about the Academic Common Market?Here is the complete information on Academic Common Market.
- What if I’m interested in an OSU program that is not on the SREB list?You can ask your home state to request that OSU add a program to the SREB database.
- Do I have to have good grades to be eligible for ACM at OSU?Grades do not determine eligibility for the waiver. If you are admitted to the selected major at OSU and have been approved by your state education board, you are eligible to participate in the Academic Common Market.
- Will I have to reapply each year to be eligible for Academic Common Market?Once you have been approved for Academic Common Market by your home state, you do not have to reapply each year. Your approval remains in effect as long as you are continuously enrolled (at least one hour in an OSU-billed course) and in the approved program.
- Does the Academic Common Market tuition waiver apply to all of my courses?
Some courses taught through correspondence study, extension and outreach are excluded. For more information, contact the department offering the courses to determine whether the tuition waiver applies. This waiver applies only to OSU courses and NOC-Stillwater courses considered part of OSU enrollment and billed through the OSU bursar. Courses offered by other institutions are not covered.
- When will the tuition waiver be applied?The tuition waiver will be applied after the third week of the term to allow the Registrar’s office to verify enrollment and major.
- What if I am billed for tuition before the waiver is applied?
If possible, you should pay the bill and wait for a refund. If you are unable to do that, pay just the in-state portion and wait for the waiver to cover the rest. The OSU Bursar’s estimator tool can provide an idea of what to expect. More information about tuition billing can be found here.
- What will the tuition waiver look like on my bill?
Your bill will show the full amount of non-resident tuition and fees. A separate line item will deduct the amount of the tuition waiver, based on your number of hours enrolled, leaving a balance owed equal to in-state tuition and fees.