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Dual Credit Program

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

Steps to Become a Dual Credit Student

Visit our Steps to Becoming a Dual Credit Student.

Questions and Contact

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

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Dual Credit Student

Textbook Information: Dual Credit students should check with their high school counselor about the process for summer textbooks. Students who attend a regular APS high school or school of choice should follow the APS Textbook Center instructions and get approval from your counselor for physical textbooks.

Get a Head Start on Your Higher Education

Are you a high school student attending a central New Mexico public, private, charter or home school? Start your future now by taking advantage of the Dual Credit Program at CNM. In this program you can take college-level courses and start working on a certificate or degree. 

Step up and learn what it's like to be a college student. This decision can only benefit you: you will be treated as an adult, get credit for the courses you take and develop a firm idea of where you want your life to go after high school. 

Under the Dual Credit Program, tuition and registration fees are waived
Disclaimer: Students are responsible for course fees and uniforms, if required. 

Requirements

The Dual Credit Program requires you to:

  • Be enrolled at least half time as a high school sophomore, junior or senior at a public, private or charter high school.
  • Have proof of current high school or home school enrollment.
  • Have not received a high school diploma or high school equivalency (GED or HiSET).
  • Take college-level courses numbered 1000 or higher. Fitness courses are excluded from the Dual Credit Program.
  • Meet course prerequisites by submitting ACT/SAT scores at a CNM Admission Office or by taking CNM's Accuplacer Assessment to test for college-level course placement.
  • Not audit CNM Dual Credit courses.
  • Provide a valid state-issued student ID number (STARS ID). See further information below on how to obtain your STARS ID.

Public and Charter School Students

  • You're eligible for the Dual Credit Program beginning your sophomore year.
  • Your high school will cover the cost of your college textbooks.
  • You will need to provide your state-issued student ID number (STARS ID). Please ask your high school for this number. Note: This number may be different than your high school ID number.

Get Your GED

Are you 16 to 17 years old, no longer in high school, and don't have a diploma? CNM's General Education Development (GED) program can help you prepare for and take the GED exam.

Private School Students

  • You're eligible for the Dual Credit Program beginning your sophomore year.
  • Your high school may cover the cost of your college textbooks. If not, you can purchase the required books from us
  • You will need to provide your state-issued student ID number (STARS ID). Please ask your high school for this number. If your school does not have your STARS ID, they can email us

Home School Students

  • If between 15-18 years old, you're eligible for the Dual Credit Program.
  • You will need to show home school registration with the New Mexico Public Education Department.  
  • You will be responsible for the cost of textbooks.
  • You will need to provide your state-issued student ID number (STARS ID). If you do not know your STARS ID number, you or your parents/guardians will need to log into the Home School Registration database. If the student ID field is blank (which indicates your family opted out of assigning the ID), please email info.homeschool@state.nm.us requesting that a STARS ID be assigned. Once assigned, an email will be sent to the email on record and the STARS ID will be available in the home school account.

Underage Appeals

If you're a student interested in appealing the Dual Credit grade/age restriction, please read more.