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University of Utah student Luke Mughal holds a briefcase full of one-dollar bills as he waits in a long line to pay his tuition at the Student Services Building on the University of Utah campus in Salt Lake City, Utah Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014.

Steve Griffin, AP/The Salt Lake Tribune

Payback for rising college tuition? Utah student pays with 2,000 dollar bills

  • Associated Press
  • January 23, 2014 - 12:22 AM

SALT LAKE CITY — A University of Utah student says he paid his tuition bill with 2,000 one-dollar bills as a silent protest against the rising cost of college.

Luq Mughal brought a metal case full of greenbacks to the school Tuesday, the deadline for payment. He says he collected the cash from several banks.

Mughal tells The Salt Lake Tribune (http://bit.ly/1kY4Rij ) he spends weekends working to pay for his electrical engineering degree.

The 21-year-old says he gets a discount because his father is a faculty member and acknowledges his situation is far from the worst on campus.

Undergraduate in-state tuition rates have more than doubled in Utah over the past 10 years. Trustees set a 5 percent tuition hike this year, saying they needed to fund a cost-of-living raise for employees as state funding declines.

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