For many U.S. stu­dents, mov­ing out of their par­ents’ homes and onto a col­lege cam­pus is an expen­sive rite of pas­sage. But with the eco­nom­ic recov­ery stalling and the cost of high­er edu­ca­tion increas­ing, some col­leges are pro­mot­ing a less cost­ly way to obtain a 4‑year or Master’s degree. One of the lat­est pro­grams being mar­ket­ed by for-profit col­leges is the online study option.