Ronald Nelson is getting a free ride at the University of Alabama, itself no slouch in the academic department, and he can start saving up for medical school. He is doing this instead of incurring immediate, explosive debt for a name that may or may not hold the cache it once did.
He still gets to tell everyone for the rest of his life that all eight Ivy League universities accepted him — but that he made his own, prudent way. And he can rest assured that his case has further sparked national conversation about money as a barrier to higher education (and debt as a barrier to an entire generation's well-being).
We can all learn from him.