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Academic Common Market:
Out-of-State Tuition Savings 

The Academic Common Market (ACM) is a tuition-savings program for college students in the 16 SREB member states who want to pursue degrees that are not offered by their in-state institutions. Students may enroll in out-of-state institutions that offer their degree program and pay the institution’s in-state tuition rates. The Child Development and Family Studies (CDFS) Program at WVU participates in the ACM.

On March 24, 2016, the Maryland Higher Education Commission announced that they are removing CDFS from their approved program of study list. Therefore, as of Fall 2016, this program is only available to residents of Virginia. Students who are participating in the program as of April 30, 2016 will be grandfathered in (i.e., continue to be eligible for ACM).

Students who wish to apply for ACM must be accepted into either: Option 1, Pre-Kindergarten Certification with Additional Endorsement in Special Needs or Option 2, Pre-Kindergarten Certification. These are the only eligible programs for the Academic Common Market offered by the CDFS Program at West Virginia University.

Since the ACM is based on specific programs of study, you must be officially accepted into the major (may not be in a Pre-major) in order to take advantage of the tuition-savings. This requires that you take and successfully pass each area of the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators test. Only after the scores have been submitted to WVU can you be fully accepted into Option 1 or 2. At that time your major code will change toH039 and you will be eligible to apply or take advantage of the tuition savings.

Please note:
WV only accepts the computer based Praxis Core.

If you are taking all three Core tests on the same date, please register for the 5751 – Core Academic Skills for Educators, Combined Test.

If you wish to take the tests separately please use the following codes: Reading 5712, Writing 5722, Mathematics 5732

Paper-delivered tests are no longer accepted by the state of WV. If you test outside of West Virginia, select the West Virginia Department of Education (state code 8480) as a score recipient when you register, or on an additional score report request.

Qualifying scores are: Reading 156, Writing 162 and Mathematics 150
We encourage you to take this test prior to coming to WVU to begin your freshman year. You will need to check the website for locations near you. If you do not take the test prior to attending WVU, you will be accepted into the Non-Certified track; however, you must pay out-of-state tuition until the test is passed and you have been fully admitted into Option 1 or 2.

You must be certified by your home state’s designated agency by completing and submitting your state’s ACM Certification application. Many states do not set a deadline to submit the application to the State ACM coordinator, however, some do. Please check with your state coordinator to determine any deadlines for application submission. To avoid the last-minute flood of applications (particularly in July and August) and tuition adjustments, it’s wise to start the application process early and before registration takes place. You must begin the process through your state of residence. The review process takes between 3 and 4 weeks. Processing of your application will be delayed unless all questions are completed, all documentation is attached, and the application is signed and dated by the appropriate person(s).