Today, nearly every college student studies online to some extent as most instructors put at least a portion of their course materials online even if their class is offered in a campus classroom. But what about those students who study online from a distance...who never come to campus? Although many institutions report that a majority of the undergraduate students enrolling in their online courses live on campus, other students may live across the country or halfway around the world. These students may be in the traditional 18-24 year age bracket or much older. Most of these adult students are working, living at home, and going to school part time. They may be studying at the undergraduate, graduate, or professional level. Many cannot go to campus or prefer the convenience of studying from home or work.
Colorado is one of the most educated states in the nation, ranking high in the percentage of adults who attended college and hold bachelor's degrees. But state funding for higher education isn't what it used to be -- according to the American Council on Education, state support shrank nearly 70 percent between 1980 and 2011. The same study says funding could dry up completely by 2019; so perhaps it's no coincidence that the revenue public colleges and universities here get from tuition has increased every year since 2007.