Big Money

A student at the University of Colorado decided to pay his entire tuition in cash. Using a duffel bag filled with $1 bills he apparently tried to demonstrate that tuition was too high.

Colorado sophomore Nic Ramos said “It’s just an absurd amount of money. I wanted to give the school a different way to look at tuition.” Ramos explains:

This is stupid. $14,000 is $14,000. Paying that money in an inconvenient manner doesn’t demonstrate anything except that you’re a jerk.

Furthermore, the symbol Ramos has chosen makes it a little hard to generate much sympathy for him. A struggling student, say one receiving grants and a lot of loans to attend college, would pay tuition in installments. Only rich people can pay tuition in lump sums.

That money was probably counted by Colorado work-study students making about $12 an hour. You show them, Ramos!

Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer