Dual Credit - Start Your Education Early!
Get a jump start on college and take classes at DACC, tuition free!
Why Should You Consider Dual Credit?
Benefits of taking Dual Credit classes at Doña Ana Community College:
• Earn college credits tuition free
• Be successful and build confidence in a college-class environment
• Learn what to expect from college
• Reduce the cost of your college education
• Potentially earn a certificate or more at the college level
• Explore college majors and possible careers
• Enjoy smaller classes and personalized attention from faculty
• Enrich your life by exploring programs not available at your high school
• Earn Elective Credits at the Same Time
• Allows easier transition to college
What else should I know?
If you think you are interested in dual credit and meet the eligibility requirements, discuss the following with your high school counselor and parent (or guardian) prior to enrolling:
You can take courses that are on the approved course list with your high school district.
• For every three credit (3) DACC course taken, you accumulate one (1) high school elective credit.
• Dual credit students are not eligible for financial aid as they are admitted as a non-degree student. However, if you do not pass your classes or recieve a "W" for any of your classes, this can affect possible financial aid in the future.
• Dual Credit students cannot take developmental courses or audit courses.
• DACC's academic calendar starts and ends at different dates than high school calendars, however, you are required to attend DACC courses even if your high school is not in session for a particular day.
• Grades earned through dual credit enrollment become part of your permanent academic record at your high school, DACC and NMSU, and most other post-secondary institutions you attend.
• In most cases, you must provide your own transportation to and from the DACC campus. If you park a car at the DACC central campus, you need to purchase an NMSU parking sticker. Parking is free at the DACC- EMC, GEC and SLPK campuses.
• Enrolling in college courses is a big commitment! Dual credit provides many opportunities to pursue your interests. Just be careful to balance community college courses with your other academic and extracurricular activities.
Dual Credit - Admission Requirements
To be eligible for the Dual Credit Program, you must:
• be a high school junior or senior from one of the high schools or charter schools participating in DACC Dual Credit Program.
• be enrolled at least half-time in a school district that has a Dual Credit agreement with DACC
• must get approval from high school counselor to take dual credit courses
• maintain a minimum high school grade point average of 2.0
• pass two of three areas of the COMPASS Test, have a PSAT of 114 OR have an ACT composite of 15
• maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.0 in your dual credit courses to continue in the program