To lower the cost of college, more parents are suggesting that their kids skip dorm life, and perhaps even the campus altogether, reports.

According to a recent study from Fidelity, 54 percent of parents expect their children to take online courses for credit. Half of parents say they’re considering having their child live at home and commute.

The number of students taking online courses has spiked. Since 2010, online college course enrollment has jumped 29 percent, according to Columbia University’s Community College Research Center. Now, 6.7 million students (roughly a third of all college students) are enrolled in online courses.

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