Tuition in $1 bills? Student protests college costs with cash

Tuition in $1 bills was paid by a Utah student as a silent protest agains the rising cost of college. Lug Mughal collected cash from several banks to pay his tuition in $1 bills.

Steve Griffin/The Salt Lake Tribune/AP
Luke Mughal holds a briefcase full of $1 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. Mughal is paying his tuition in $1 dollar bills to protest the high cost of tuition.

Tuition in $1 bills? Yes, according to a University of Utah student who 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 ( ) 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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