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Become a CNM Dual Credit student and explore more than 100 certificate and degree programs.

Become a Dual Credit Student

Visit our Steps to Becoming a Dual Credit Student for application instructions and to register for classes.

Ready? Apply now as a Dual Credit student.


Email or call us at (505) 224-3352.

The Dual Credit Program offers free classes for students in central New Mexico attending a public, private, charter, or home school.

High school students can take college-level classes and get a jump start on a certificate or degree. Under the Dual Credit program, tuition and registration fees are waived (students are responsible for class fees and uniforms, if required).

Dual Credit Program Requirements

  • You must be enrolled at your home high school at least half time.
  • You must show that you have met course prerequisites by submitting ACT or SAT scores at a CNM Admission Office or by taking CNM's Accuplacer Assessment to test for college-level course placement.
  • To receive dual credit, you must take college-level courses numbered 1000 or higher. Fitness courses are excluded from the Dual Credit program.
  • You cannot audit CNM Dual Credit courses.

Private School Students

  • Private school students are eligible for Dual Credit starting their sophomore year.
  • Your high school may cover the cost of your college textbooks. If not, you will need to purchase the required books. Find out more about CNM’s bookstores.

Home School Students

  • Home school students are eligible for Dual Credit starting at age 15.
  • Students will need to show home school registration with the New Mexico Public Education Department.  
  • Students will be responsible for the cost of textbooks.

Students interested in appealing the Dual Credit grade/age restriction click here.

Benefits of the Dual Credit Program

  • Take the classes needed for an undergraduate degree.
  • Begin a career program or explore new interests.
  • Sign up for courses weekdays, weekends, evenings, or online.
  • Choose from hundreds of CNM classes taught by CNM faculty.
  • Take courses at any CNM campus, through distance learning, or one of the programs offered at a local high school.

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