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

Please note:

  • You will earn High School Elective credits for most Dual Credit College courses passed on your transcript at your High School. However, you can take Junior and/or Senior year Dual Credit College Math courses in lieu of High School Math courses for High School Math credit. Also, if you didn't take NM History as a Freshman in High School, you can take NM History as a Dual Credit College course in lieu of High School NM History for High School credit. Check with your High School Counselor for courses that count for these options.  All other Dual Credit College courses taken will earn High School Elective credit only.
  • Make sure your Dual Credit College class your are taking is worth 3 College credits. 3 college credits = 1 High School credit on the High School transcript. Some College classes at CNM or UNM are only 1 or 2 College credits, which will be less that 1 High School credit on your High School transcript. This will cause a credit discrepancy on your High School transcript.
  • Students will know which Dual Credit College courses they can take after they take the Accuplacer test (or equivalent placement exam, ACT or SAT) and meet with a College Advisor. 
More about the New Mexico Dual Credit Program
Dual Credit Reminders

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 fees.

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 in a Dual Credit class carry over to my College transcript?

Yes, the grade earned in the Dual Credit College course will be posted on your High School transcript and will also be part of your permanent College transcript.

This can be detrimental if you do not do well in the Dual Credit College class. All College classes remain on the College transcript permanently and low grades can impact you when you are in College after High School.

Always remember that if you decide not to complete a Dual Credit College class, you are responsible for dropping the class. Otherwise, the teacher will give you a failing grade and it will be on both your High School and College transcripts permanently.

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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.