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Published April 18, 2014, 11:59 AM

Oklahoma student shells out nearly 100,000 pennies for final tuition bill (w/ video)

Bethany, Oklahoma (CNN) - Many students work to pay their way through college - so, they can relate to this next story of paying that last tuition bill. A soon-to-be grad in Oklahoma used his final payment to make a lasting statement.

By: Wendell Edwards, CNN, CNN

Bethany, Oklahoma (CNN) - Many students work to pay their way through college - so, they can relate to this next story of paying that last tuition bill. A soon-to-be grad in Oklahoma used his final payment to make a lasting statement.

It was a heavy load, yet a weight lifted: 500 pounds of pennies. Twenty-four year-old Andrew Magbee earned every single bit of it.

Andrew Magbee – Student: “I collected aluminum cans, I started a sandwich shop, I moved lawns, painted houses.”

Now, he turned every dollar, every dime into 97,400 pennies. That's $974 bucks - his final tuition payment. It’s a significant moment that's priceless.

Andrew Magbee: “It's the idea that pennies add up. And being frugal counts and working hard counts.”

Magbee said he did all of this to set an example for high school students who come behind him.

Andrew Magbee: “Encourage them to think through the process of financing their education, how they are going to do it and what they are going to pursue to make that happen.”

Making sure that his last payment counted for something - right down to the last penny.

Magbee isn't done with his pennies yet. He'll help the business office take them to the bank.

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