Gas prices can affect college plans tremendously. With tuition costs rising faster than ever before and the cost of living increasing in many parts of the U.S. due to heavy inflation, college students may no longer be able to keep up with their gas bills if gas prices continue to rise.
College Plans on Hold. High gas prices may cause many people who are considering attending college to simply put their plans on hold. They may fear that they won't be able to afford to drive to and from college. While many campus colleges are now offering online courses, this trend is relatively new and is not available to everyone.
Taking Fewer Courses. Those considering attending college may find that they need to take fewer courses if they'd like to attend college. There are two main reasons for this; the need to work more in order to keep up with rising costs and that they may not need to commute to college five days a week. In addition to taking fewer college courses, some students may find that they need to work full-time jobs in order to keep up with rising gas prices and inflation.
Online College vs. Campus College. Many campus colleges are now offering online courses in addition to campus courses. If future college students find that gas prices are becoming too costly, they can opt to receive their degree entirely online through an accredited university. This can depend upon which courses that they are taking, however.