AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -

Some online higher education courses are costing Texans more money than brick-and-mortar classes.

The Dallas Morning News reports state leaders have hailed online education as one fix for ballooning college prices, but that tuition for those classes can be more than 20 percent higher.

The newspaper analyzed 18 universities and found that only the University of North Texas and the University of Texas had lower costs for online classes. Many of the online courses include extra fees or additional costs per credit hour.

University officials say higher tuition rates for online courses are the result of expensive infrastructure and the costs for designing the courses.