How to Get a Computer and Student Technology Requirements

Read about how to get a computer for your courses and CNM's minimum technology requirements.

CNM wants you to be successful in all of your courses. Find out how to get a computer and our minimum technology requirements.

Purchasing a Computer

We have resources to help you purchase a computer:

  • Financial Aid – The CNM bookstore has computers available that you may be able to purchase with your financial aid. Financial aid must be sufficient to cover the entire cost of the computer and cannot be used for partial payment. For additional information on financial aid and scholarships available to help cover your costs, please contact the financial aid office.
  • Rust Emergency Scholarship – CNM has an emergency scholarship for students. The application is easy to complete and you can pay for a computer with this scholarship.
  • Scholarships – CNM has over 75 different scholarships for students. You only need to complete one scholarship application to apply for them. You can use these funds to purchase a computer.
Loaner Laptops

You may submit a request to borrow from ITS.

Minimum Tech Requirements 
If you already own a computer, the following specifications will support you in some courses at CNM.

  • At least 8GB RAM
  • At least Intel Core i3 processor
  • At least 128GB storage
  • Can be updated to the most recent version of the operating software
  • Built in Web Camera or external camera for exams and classes
  • Built-in or external speakers and microphone. Hard-wired or Bluetooth speakers and microphone are acceptable

If the computer is too old to update to the latest version of the operating system, then the computer will be incompatible with learning software used by many programs at CNM.

If you're looking for a computer to complete CNM coursework, you should purchase a laptop or desktop with the following standards to ensure compatibility for the entirety of a 2-year degree:

  • Windows:
    At least Core i5 Processor
    At least 8GB RAM
    At least 512 GB Storage
    HD Web Camera (720p or better) with microphone

  • Apple Mac:
    At least Core i3 Processor
    At least 8GB RAM
    At least 256GB Storage
    Microphone and Camera built into the Mac

If you're currently enrolled in a program, please contact the program for its specific requirements.

iPads, Chromebooks, and smartphones (Android, iPhone, etc.) can be used for some courses. However, many courses require software that is not fully compatible with mobile and/or touchscreen devices. These operating systems are not supported by all educational software vendors that students may encounter in their courses.

Technology Help Desk

If you need help with your technology, please call (505) 224-4357 or email or visit