The Knoxville News Sentinel reports that more students are taking online classes as a way to save money on high gas prices, a Tennessee Board of Regents official says. Associate Vice Chancellor Robbie Melton is in charge of online and distance learning for the system, which oversees six universities, 13 two-year colleges, and 26 technology centers. He said online registration had been averaging about a 7 percent to 10 percent increase each year. But he said he’s noticed it jump 29 percent this summer compared with last year, and he’s anticipating a 20 percent increase this fall. "When they call, they keep saying, ‘The gas prices, it’s just unbelievable,’" Melton said of students. Those who take online classes still have to buy textbooks, and the online classes generally cost the same as a typical class. But students who have long commutes say they expect to save money, with gas prices in Tennessee nearing $4 per gallon for regular unleaded…

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