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Student protesting high costs pays tuition in dollar bills

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — 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 said he collected the cash from several banks.

Mughal told The Salt Lake Tribune he spends weekends working to pay for his electrical engineering degree.

The 21-year-old said 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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  • 4getuhbouteat

    Protest? A protest isn’t paying them.