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Tuition in $1 bills: Student tells off college system with bundles of cash

Student pays college tuition in $1 bills.
Student pays college tuition in $1 bills.
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Tuition in $1 bills would take a while to count and not time well spent for an employee of a college to deal with sorting it all out. Luq Mughal, a student at the University of Utah, went to the campus and paid his tuition with 2,000 in $1 bills as a form of protest against the increasing costs of attending college. CS Monitor reports Jan. 23 that that Mughal, 21, brought a small metal briefcase full of cash to the university on Tuesday, which was the payment deadline.

In order to gather that many singles, Mughal went to several banks so he could pay his tuition in $1 bills. He informed The Salt Lake Tribune that he spent weekends working to pay for his electrical engineering degree.

Believe it or not, Mughal got a discount from to begin with because his father is a faculty member of the school. Mughal realizes that his costs are "far from the worst on campus," the report went on to reveal.

According to the report, in-state tuition rates for undergraduates in Utah have gone up over two times as much within the last decade. A five percent tuition increase was put into effect for 2014 with the justification being the university needs more money to fund cost-of-living raises for employees "as state funding declines."

Paying tuition in $1 bills is a good way to protest rising cost because it basically says, "Yes, I will pay the tuition that I owe, but I do not agree with the high cost. So, enjoy your time counting each and every single dollar of the stacks and stacks of it that it took to get $2,000."