Dual Credit

APS partners with local colleges to offer eligible students dual credit courses. Learn more about dual credit opportunities at CNM or UNM.

Dual credit is an opportunity for students attending an Albuquerque Public Schools high school to take classes at CNM or UNM and earn college credit and high school elective credit for the same class.

What are the benefits?

  • Earn college credit in high school (3 college credits = 1 high school elective credit)
  • Taking at least one Dual Credit course fulfills part of your Graduation Requirements 
  • Experience college courses first hand (for free) to build confidence in your ability to continue post-secondary training
  • You will have access to student resources offered by the college (like tutoring, libraries, clubs, etc.)

Please note:

  • You will only earn elective credit at the high school.
    For example, if you take a college English course, it will not count as a high school English credit, it will only count as elective credit.
  • Make sure your Dual Credit class is worth 3 college credits.
    Some classes at CNM or UNM are only 1 or 2 credits, which will not equal the full credit needed for your high school.
  • Students can take any course offered by the college except remedial courses (below college level) and fitness courses.
  • Students are encouraged to take their foreign language class at their high school and not as a dual credit class because every college has different policies on how to meet the foreign language requirement. You can always contact the colleges you are planning to apply to and ask their opinion.

How much does this cost?

The tuition and registration fees are paid for, and we will even provide the student with the required textbooks for the class.

Please note:

  • The student is required to pay the course's class fees
  • If the student elects to take an online course at UNM, the student must pay the $100 fee

Get Your Textbooks for Free

Free textbooks are available from the APS Dual Credit Textbook Center. Do not go to the CNM or UNM bookstores for textbooks.

Textbooks will be available within a week after you register. Fill out this form to check if your books are ready: Where is My Textbook? 

Will my grade carry over to my college transcript?

Yes, the grade earned in the college course will be used in the calculation of your high school GPA and will be part of your permanent college record.

This can be a great way to boost your GPA, but can also be detrimental if you do not do well in the class. All college classes remain on the college transcript and low grades can impact you after graduation.

Always remember that if you decide not to complete a class, you are responsible for dropping the class. Otherwise, the teacher will give you a grade and it will be on your high school and college transcript.

Sign Up

CNM Steps

Please visit: Steps to Becoming a Dual Credit Student at CNM

UNM Steps

Please visit: UNM Dual Credit Admissions Process

  • Must be at least 15 years old at the time of application
  • Get your textbooks for free through the APS Dual Credit Textbook Center
  • Must schedule an appointment with the UNM Dual Credit Coordinator:
    • Email the UNM Dual Credit Coordinator:
    • Complete the Application Packet prior to the appointment
    • Bring a list of classes you would like to take. View the class schedule online: UNM Schedule of Classes