Hey guys, you've helped me in the past, I'm hoping you can do it again. A couple weeks ago our business school had a lottery for the first year students regarding trip destination locations (end of the year we're split into six groups that go to six different destinations). I entered the lottery without caring too much but my lottery top choice (we had three) was the most popular amongst the class and there were rumors that in fact people would pay for a destination exchange. I won the lottery. A friend of mine in the school, asked me to switch trips. I liked my destination better than his location that he was assigned. However, the next day he offered me $1000 in cash to switch trips. It turns out he was going to take a trip to a neighboring country later on in the year and he'd save close to $1200 by making the switch and making it one trip. We agreed not to talk about it much, just for the sake of not really bringing up something you don't need to bring up. The school's policy on the issue of how trades for locations are made is that it's between us. He had sent an email to the rest of the class offering a trade earlier. I was the one that took the deal the next day. I have proof that it was he that offered the deal and the general email he sent. My question is this: After asking the school themselves in an off handed way what they thought of these compensation things, they simply said it's not in our hands but is there something shady going on? She became somewhat concerned (not extremely, literally just a bit). She asked if so and so that I finally did agree to make the deal with had exchanged money with me and I said no. She said "Oh I would have been surprised if he did". I'm in a bind right now. I'm not cash strapped, but I don't like the idea of just giving me back a $1000 over being paranoid that this could become a problem later on and result in problems with my graduation. Thanks for reading guys. Any comments would be much appreciated. I'm really not sure where to go with this one and how I could potentially get burnt in this case.