Sunday, July 27, 2008

Gas Prices Fueling a Rise in Online Course Enrollment? - Scott Travis, South Florida Sun-Sentinel

High gas prices are prompting some South Florida college students to spend less time in their cars and more time on their computers. The number of students taking online classes had already been soaring in recent years, as students looked for ways to earn degrees at their own convenience. But with gas prices topping $4 a gallon this summer, some students say online classes is the most affordable way for them to earn a degree. "I wouldn't even be pursuing a degree if I couldn't get it online," said Elizabeth DeLuca, 46, of Jupiter, who is pursuing a master's in nursing administration at Florida Atlantic University. "With the congestion in Palm Beach County and gas prices -- no way."

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