11/29/2012 12:36 pm ET Updated Nov 29, 2012

Devin DeFraine, Mount Royal University Student, Pays College Tuition In Coins (VIDEO)

Mount Royal University student Devin DeFraine was pretty upset by getting hit with an extra fee to pay his tuition, so he took it out on his school by paying entirely in change.

MRU, a located in in Calgary, Alberta, recently added a new fee of up to 1.89 percent for any student paying tuition with a Visa or Mastercard, according to the Reflector, a student newspaper.

Defraine, whose tuition is $3,000, would get stuck with an extra $60 in fees if he paid with a credit card. Instead, he stuck the school with 230 pounds of rolled up coins, lugging the change into the registrar's office Wednesday to pay his tuition bill, CTV Calgary reports.

"If they're gonna nickel and dime us, I'm gonna nickel and dime them,” Defraine said.

The nearby University of Calgary infuriated students in 2008 when it began preventing students from paying tuition with credit cards. The Calgary Herald reported the swipe fees were costing the university $1 million a year.

CBC reports about 90 percent of students at MRU pay tuition bills with credit cards. Passing the credit card fees onto the students saves the university $500,000 annually. But students aren't happy about it.

"It's just an extra cost that students have to pay to get an education," Kaylene McTavish, president of the MRU Student Association, told CBC.

Students in the U.S. have come up with their own unique ways to pay tuition.

An Auburn University student paid for his tuition using mail-in rebates, and a University of Colorado student paid his tuition entirely in in $1 bills.



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