Paying for college is a growing burden on some students and parents in the tough U.S. economy. One Colorado student went to great lengths to show how heavy the financial load can be.
This semester, Nic Ramos, an economics major at the University of Colorado-Boulder, paid his $14,309.51 tuition bill with a duffle bag filled with $1 bills. He delivered his 33-pound payment to the university last week.
"You know it kind of started all as kind of fun. 'Wow, that would be crazy!'" he said.
Although the school's clerks weren't happy with the demonstration, administrators said they had to accept the payment. It took workers in the admissions office nearly an hour to count all of the money.
The out-of-state sophomore said he doubts his gesture will affect the tuition debate but says it can't hurt.
"It's just an absurd amount of money," Ramos said. I wanted to give the school a different way to look at tuition."