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.
Local Dual Credit Agreements
Please contact the CCRB staff for more information.
Need a STARS ID for Dual Credit courses?
Public and Charter School Students
Please ask your high school or the school district office for your state-issued student ID number (STARS ID or Uniq-ID).
Note: This number is generally different than your high school student ID number.
Private School Students
Please contact the post-secondary institution’s dual credit office. The following information must be provided as these fields are required by the system in order to assign a new ID: Name, Date of Birth, Gender, Grade, and one of the following Race/Ethnicity options: Asian, Black (non-Hispanic), Caucasian (non-Hispanic), Hispanic, American Indian or Alaskan Native, OR Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander. [NOTE: The post-secondary institutions can look up STARS/Uniq IDs and, if one is not available, email firstname.lastname@example.org the subject STARS/Uniq ID along with the detailed information requested for each student. STARS/Uniq IDs will be assigned and an email will be returned to the post-secondary institution.]
Home School Students
If you do not know your state-issued student ID number (STARS ID or Uniq-ID), you or your parent/guardian 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 email@example.com requesting that a STARS/Uniq ID be assigned. The request must include the following information as these fields are required by the system in order to assign a new ID: Name, Date of Birth, Gender, Grade, and one of the following Race/Ethnicity options: Asian, Black (non-Hispanic), Caucasian (non-Hispanic), Hispanic, American Indian or Alaskan Native, OR Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander.
Once assigned, an email will be sent to the email on record that the STARS/Uniq ID is available in the home school account.