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Dual Credit 2019-05-16T14:33:10-06:00

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Every New Mexico high school student has the opportunity to enroll in college courses through the Dual Credit (DC) Program. The DC Program provides access to academic and career and technical education (CTE) courses that deliver simultaneous credit toward high school graduation and a postsecondary degree or certificate.

College courses are offered for dual credit based upon agreements between high schools and accredited public colleges. While most students take basic core courses such as English and math, coursework may include subjects such as culinary arts or criminal justice, depending on the student’s Next Step Plan and degree paths offered by each college.

Courses are accessible to students with a range of academic and career aptitudes. Research studies on dual credit participation have shown that students who take dual credit courses perform well in their courses, graduate from high school at a higher rate than their peers, require less first-semester remediation in college, and are more likely to obtain a college degree within four years.

New Mexico state law (NMAC 6.30.7) requires public colleges to waive tuition for students; mandates that Local Education Agencies (LEAs) purchase instructional materials for students, and expects students and parents to cover course fees and transportation expenses. For more information, please refer to the CCRB Dual Credit Policy and Procedures Manual and the links below.

LEAs are public school districts, state authorized charter schools or Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools. The New Mexico State Legislature appropriates money to the Public Education Department (PED) each year to offset the cost of instructional materials. The PED distributes the appropriation to LEAs though a formula that considers student school enrollment and prior year student dual credit course enrollment. Through this allocation the PED supports student success and dual credit.

Local Dual Credit Agreements

Please contact the CCRB staff for more information.

Need a STARS ID for Dual Credit courses?

  • Contact Dyanne Salazar
  • 505-476-8441
  • NM Higher Education Department
Page last updated May 16, 2019