Gas price spike hurts commuter students

Gas price spike hurts commuter students

By Gabrielle Sarann. CREATED Feb 29, 2012

FORT MYERS - Full-time FGCU commuter students Tylor Leffler and Chelsea Pence just want to live up their college years. Instead, they're working a second job at Starbucks.

"We both have one job that specifically pays for gas," said Leffler.

And still barely scraping by.
"At this point in my life I'd be able to have a lot more fun and I can't because I'm working the two jobs, and I'm a college student so that's four classes on top of that." All because of gas prices?" asked Fox 4 reporter Gabrielle Sarann. "Pretty much," replied Leffler.

Skyrocketing fuel is approaching $4 a gallon in southwest Florida.

"I can't spend as much money on things I want to when I'm paying for gas all the time," said Pence.

FGCU has 12,655 students and 8,975 of them are commuters.

"I would like to see gas prices go back down to around $1 - $1.50, at least," said Brenden Sicilia.

Even students living on-campus are feeling the pinch.

"If I'm only making say $150-$200 a week almost half my money alone is just going to fill up on gas," explained Sicilia.

For Mike Andre, driving to school isn't the problem. It's getting to his server job on Bonita Beach that hurts.

"You know you work hard to make some money and there it goes just to drive to work," said Andre.

But if he wants a college degree, he's got to gas up and keep moving.

"There's not much a college kid can do about it except just take it with a grain of salt and fill up your gas tank," added Andre.

FGCU says carpooling is the best way to cut costs on filling up at the pump.