New strategy for paying student loans? Try to selling your diploma on eBay

New strategy for paying student loans? Try to selling your diploma on eBay

Stephanie Ritter graduated from Florida State University’s School of Theater in 2011. Four years later she is still buried under a mountain of debt worth approximately $50,000. Frustrated, she posted a sarcastic yet genuine listing in eBay offering to sell her diploma, which is listed as ‘in mint condition’ and her college experience, listed as […]

Stephanie Ritter graduated from Florida State University’s School of Theater in 2011. Four years later she is still buried under a mountain of debt worth approximately $50,000. Frustrated, she posted a sarcastic yet genuine listing in eBay offering to sell her diploma, which is listed as ‘in mint condition’ and her college experience, listed as ‘never been used to get a job’ in exchange for $50,000.

“Why waste four years of your life going to a state school for a piece of paper when you can just buy mine?” said Ritter in the item description on eBay.

She is not the first to attempt to sell her diploma online. However, what sets her apart is her decision to include her college experience in the deal. This offer includes “Access to my college memories/Facebook albums for 6 months!” and “I will rent a car and show you the best view of the capital building (where it most looks like a penis)”.

Another gem with the lengthy description is the offer for a “very quick drive by my former pot dealer/yoga teachers house so as not to arouse suspicion”.

Finally, Ritter offers to share an experience that is truly unique to college- “a walking tour of the all the trash cans my ex silently projectile vomited in on our way to big events <3”

“I thought this piece of paper has so much worth to so many people, but for a theatre major, it couldn’t mean less,” said Ritter. “I’m doing the exact same things and probably getting paid the exact same amount as people that dropped out halfway through freshman year, except I’m still $40,000 in debt and they’re, well, not.”

Ritter is not worried about what may happen if nobody takes her up on her offer. “If that falls through, honestly, [I will] just do that thing where I pay the minimum for 25 years and then the government feels so bad for you that they wipe it clean,” said Ritter.

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