What is Dual Credit?
The Dual Credit Program allows public* and BIE high school students to earn credit for high school and credit for college when you take Dual Credit college courses.
What is a Dual Credit course?
Dual Credit courses are college courses taken for both high school and college credit while you are in high school. The courses need to be approved by both your high school and the college where you want to take courses, so check with your high school counselor first.
Courses must be able to apply toward a postsecondary degree or certificate program. Remedial and developmental courses at the college may not be taken for Dual Credit, since they do not count toward a degree or certificate program.
Can I take a PE class for Dual Credit?
No. PE activity classes are specifically not eligible for Dual Credit. However, there may be classes taught by the college or university that are in the Physical Education department that are not considered activity classes like Nutrition or Sports Management. Always check with your high school counselor to see if any non-activity PE classes you are interested in are restricted, but remember classes like Yoga, Basketball, and Weight Lifting are not allowed for Dual Credit.
Can I take a class like Bird Watching?
Probably not. Only college courses that would apply towards a postsecondary degree or certificate and count towards your high school diploma can be taken for Dual Credit. Always check with your high school counselor to be sure.
How is Dual Credit different from concurrent enrollment?
There are a few differences. Public* and BIE-funded school students do not pay tuition or for textbooks for Dual Credit courses. Dual Credit courses guarantee you both high school and college credit for successful completion. Concurrent enrollment may result in a student earning college credit while in high school, but not necessarily result in a student earning high school credits. In some cases, your high school may give you high school credit for concurrent enrollment college classes that you pay for on your own. Check with your high school counselor.
What does it cost me to participate in Dual Credit courses?
Nothing to very little. Public colleges, universities, and some tribal colleges have agreed to waive tuition and general fees. Your high school will provide textbooks and most course supplies. You and your family will be responsible for special course fees and, possibly, transportation (students may ride on secondary school buses if the Dual Credit course takes place during regular school hours and the high school is able to provide the transportation). You can get more specific cost information from your high school counselor.
How do I find out what courses are offered at my high school or local college?
Ask your high school counselor and look on the Dual Credit website at http://www.ped.state.nm.us/DualCredit/index.html. Each public* and many BIE high schools have at least one Dual Credit Agreement with a public college, university, or tribal college. These are included on the Master Agreement between your high school and one or more postsecondary institutes. The Agreement contains a list of courses you may be eligible to take for Dual Credit. In some cases, you may be able to take the course online.
Why should I consider taking Dual Credit courses?
There are several reasons. First you get to experience a little bit of college while still in high school to help you get a head start determining what you want out of college. Another good reason is you can get some college credits without spending any money or using any financial aid. Finally, you may not feel your are sufficiently challenged by your high school courses; the Dual Credit program can allow you to try some more interesting coursework.
How do I know if I am eligible to take Dual Credit courses?
Two things: You are eligible if you are enrolled in one-half or more of the minimum course requirements approved by the New Mexico Public Education Department or by being enrolled with a BIE-funded high school and receiving at least three documented contact hours per day. You also have to meet the academic standing established by your high school and the postsecondary institution. This is another reason to check with your high school counselor.
What do I have to do?
Complete and sign a Dual Credit Request Form and have your high school counselor, the college or university Dual Credit coordinator and (if you are under 18) a parent approve it.
How do I know if I am ready to take Dual Credit courses?
Talk to your high school counselor or teacher so he/she can help you determine if you will benefit from taking Dual Credit courses. Your Next Step Plan or Individualized Education Plan should also indicate whether you choose Dual Credit courses as an option. For students who began ninth grade in or after the 2009-2010 school year, students must take at least one honors, or Advanced Placement, or dual credit, or distance learning course to graduate from high school.
How many classes can I/should I take?
This depends on your interests, your Next Step Plan or Individualized Education Plan, your prior coursework at the high school level, career pathway, and your academic readiness for college courses. Keep in mind that you are responsible for following both high school and college calendars if you choose to participate in the Dual Credit program.
What if the Dual Credit course is too difficult?
Keep in close contact with your high school counselor and college academic advisor the first few weeks of the class. Each college or university publishes deadlines to drop, add or withdraw from college courses, and you must keep those dates in mind if you wish to drop a course. But remember, if you drop, withdraw from, or fail a Dual Credit course, you still have to make up the high school graduation credit or requirement. If you think the class is too difficult, talk with your high school counselor as soon as possible.
Will the grades I receive in a Dual Credit course appear on my high school transcript?
Grades will appear on both your high school and college transcripts, which are permanent records.
Do I have to go to my Dual Credit class if high school classes are cancelled or the high school is having a day off due to an in-service or vacation?
Each student participating in the Dual Credit program must observe both high school and college calendars. So, even if your high school has the day off, you still have to attend your college class if it is scheduled.
When can I take Dual Credit courses?
As long as you are enrolled in one-half or more of the minimum course requirements during the fall and winter semesters, any public* or BIE-funded high school student can take Dual Credit courses year-round. You must also meet eligibility requirements at both your high school and the college.
Will Dual Credit affect my future eligibility for the New Mexico Lottery Success scholarship?
Taking Dual Credit courses does not prevent students from being eligible for the Legislative Lottery Scholarship. A New Mexico student must obtain a New Mexico high school diploma or New Mexico general education development (GED) diploma, enroll full-time 12 credit hours or more at an eligible New Mexico public college or university, and maintain 2.50 GPA or above during the student's first academic semester in college to be eligible for the Legislative Lottery Scholarship. When filling out the college admissions applications, a student must indicate they are a "first time freshman".
Will the credit I am earning through Dual Credit transfer to other colleges or universities?
The Postsecondary Education Articulation Act of 1978 specifies a core of general education courses that, if taken at any New Mexico public college or university, will transfer to any other New Mexico public college or university. However, courses not part of this core that are obtained at a two year college may not transfer to a four year university, especially if the course was specific to a vocational or degree certificate program.
"Public school" means New Mexico public, charter, and state-supported schools.