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It doesn't run on gas. That's what commuting students increasingly are considering as online registration at universities and community colleges rises while gas prices soar. The Tennessee Board of Regents has seen online registration jump 29 percent this summer compared with last summer, and is looking at a 20 percent increase for fall. Online registration had been averaging a 7-10 percent increaseyear over year, said Robbie Melton, associate vice chancellor for the Regents. Melton is in charge of online and distance learning for the system, which includes six universities and the state's 13 community colleges.