[caption id="attachment_63155" align="alignleft" width="177" caption="There could be 25 million online college students by 2015, according to research."][/caption]Low-cost online courses could help higher education from becoming the next economic bubble that bursts and inflicts fiscal pain on institutions, investors, and students, said educational technology experts who want more inexpensive options for those seeking a college degree.

Economists and financial analysts first warned about the growing higher-education bubble in 2009. The bubble, they said, is fed by rising tuition,...

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