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

Please see our frequently asked questions.

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

Apply as a 
Dual Credit Student

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. 


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.

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
  • If you do not have a state-issued student ID number, you will need to contact Carolyn Bayne at (505) 827-6909. 

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.
  • If you do not have a state-issued student ID number, you will need to contact Carolyn Bayne at (505) 827-6909.

Underage Appeals

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