State leaders have hailed online education as the elixir for mushrooming college costs, but online courses have proven to be more expensive for most students than traditional classrooms in Texas, an analysis by The Dallas Morning News shows.
Tuition for online classes can be more than 20 percent higher than regular classes at some universities, once extra fees or additional costs per credit hour are included, according to the News analysis.
Among the 18 universities analyzed, only the University of North Texas in Denton and the University of Texas at Austin had lower costs for online classes. Although a handful of the so-called $10,000 degrees backed by Gov. Rick Perry may carry a smaller tuition bill, the quality of those degrees has been questioned.