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What is Dual Credit?

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·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 high school elective credits at the same time
• Allow an easier transition to college


What else should I know?

  • Most single college classes are 3 credits. For every 3 credit DACC course taken, you accumulate 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.·

If you think you are interested in dual credit and·meet the eligibility requirements, discuss courses that you can take that are on the·approved course list·in your high school district with your high school counselor and parent (or guardian) prior to enrolling.
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