Academic Common Market for Tennessee Residents

Sounds great. How do I sign up?

First, search the eligible ACM programs and institutions for Tennessee.  Contact the institution, apply for that program and get admitted.  Some institutions may have additional forms and deadlines for ACM participation.  

Once you have been accepted to an ACM program, complete the application for Tennessee residency certification.  This process certifies that you are a Tennessee resident, and thereby eligible to participate with the Academic Common Market.  Fill out the application and send it in with 2 supporting documents:

  • Proof of admission into a participating program
  • Proof of residency

Tennessee residency is established by being domiciled in Tennessee over the previous 12 months.  College attendance does not apply to establishing or relinquishing residency status.  

Application for Residency Certification

THEC will process your application within five business days.  If your application is incomplete, you will be contacted at the phone number provided on the application.  When completed, the state coordinator will send by postal mail the ACM certification both to the institution and to your home address.

What if the program I’m interested in isn’t part of the ACM?

Just ask — you may be able to add the program you want.  If the program you are interested in is not in the ACM Inventory for Tennessee Residents, but the degree program is not offered at any of the public universities in the state of Tennessee, then complete the Program Nomination Form.  Each student may only nominate one program for ACM addition.

The curriculum will be reviewed by external reviewers at the Tennessee Board of Regents and the University of Tennessee to make certain 51 percent or more of the program is not currently offered in Tennessee. If a similar program is not available in Tennessee, the state coordinator will ask that the program be added to the ACM inventory. The university whose program you have requested can either add the program to the inventory or reject the request. You will be notified once the request has been reviewed and a decision made.  Please note that this process takes, on average, three months to complete.

Not all states and institutions are currently accepting program nominations.  For additional program criteria and limitations for states and institutions, see the Special Instructions for Institutions.