Academic Common Market

for the University System of Georgia

Frequently Asked Questions

  • What documents are required besides the Georgia Academic Common Market (ACM) application?
    An acceptance letter stating the name of your major and effective term must be provided.

  • Where do I find my county’s Superior Court Judge (Highest Judge)?
    Contact your county courthouse and ask for the Superior Court Judge (Highest Judge). Some counties do not have a Superior Court Judge and in those cases the Probate Judge is acceptable.

  • Where do I submit the ACM application?
    Return the completed application to the address listed on the application form.

  • How long do I need to be a Georgia resident before I can apply for ACM?
    You must be a resident for 12 consecutive months.

  • How do I obtain residency certification?
    Contact your county courthouse and ask for the Superior Court Judge (Highest Judge). Some counties do not have a Superior Court Judge, and in those cases the Probate Judge is acceptable.

  • How long does it take to process my application?
    Please allow up to one to two months for processing after you’ve submitted an application. To avoid the last-minute flood of applications (particularly in July and August) it is wise to start the application process early and before registration takes place.

  • Is there a deadline to apply?
    Yes. Fall semester application must be received by May 30th; Spring Semester by September 15th; and Summer by November 15th. Also, check with institution’s ACM coordinator to determine any institutional specific deadlines for application submission.

  • Will I receive any money?
    There is no money involved. A waiver will be initiated at the receiving institution.

  • Can Georgia educational scholarships be used for tuition?
    No. Scholarships such a HOPE and Zell Miller Scholarship are specific to Georgia.

  • Is it possible to double major?
    Yes. Both majors must be part of the Academic Common Market inventory.

  • What if I want to change majors
    If you change your major to a different program that is included in the Academic Common Market, you must be recertified. Provide us with a new acceptance letter stating new degree major along with ACM Change of Major Information Sheet. Before doing so, please check with your institution’s ACM Coordinator for institutional eligibility and qualification.

  • Do I need to reapply each year?
    No. As long as you remain continuously enrolled, you will remain certified until you complete your major. If you have a break in attendance or change your major during your course of study, you will need to reapply for ACM status. In that case, you will need to send a new acceptance letter showing your major and effective date for recertification.

  • Where can I view a list of ACM programs?
    Visit SREB.org and go to the Academic Common Market section.

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  • If the program I want is not listed, can I still get ACM?
    Georgia is currently NOT processing requests for the addition of new programs to the ACM inventory. Georgia residents may only select programs from the state’s currently approved list.

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