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QUIRK: University Sues Student for Finishing Degree Too Quickly

And you thought having to pay your student loans back was bad...
 
The School of Economics and Management in Essen, Germany, is suing one of its students for completing his degree too quickly (and demanding he pay back more than $3,000 in tuition.)
 

Marcel Pohl, a student at The School of Economics and Management in Essen, Germany, says he couldn't believe it when he found out the university was suing him for graduating with a master's degree after just three semesters.

"When I got the lawsuit, I thought it couldn't be true," the 22-year-old told Bild. "Performance is supposed to be worth something."

Pohl completed all 60 exams required to receive both his bachelor's and master's degrees in just 20 months — a quarter of the time it usually takes. He succeeded with the help of two pals who attended concurring lectures and shared their notes with him.

Claiming "income loss," the school is demanding Pohl pay $3,772 — a portion of the amount he would have spent had he stayed for all 11 semesters.

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