Luq Mughal, an electrical engineering undergraduate student, said he works weekends to pay for school and didn't appreciate a 5 percent increase the school recently announced, the Salt Lake Tribune reported.
Though Mughal, 21, said he receives a discount because his father is a member of the faculty, the cost of tuition, books and living expenses adds up.
"By no means am I the saddest story on campus. There's a lot of people here just as bad and probably worse," he said. "The people making the prices are not actually aware of how hard it is on the students."
School administrators told the newspaper they have tried to keep tuition low and the university has been cited as a good bargain in higher education. The tuition hike will be used to offer staff a cost-of-living raise.
The cost to attend the University of Utah has more than doubled in the past 10 years, from $2,742 in the 2002-03 school year to $6,511 this year.