The group, in a statement on Thursday by its Deputy Director, Timothy Adewale, contended that the hike in fees would take education out of the reach of children of ordinary Nigerians.
UI recently increased accommodation and professional training fees for students while AAU increased its tuition fees.
UI reportedly hiked its accommodation fee from N14,000 to N40,000 per student while the professional training fees were raised to between N75,000 and N100,000 per student.
On its own part, the AAU increased its tuition fees from about N35,000 to between N120,000 and N200,000 per session.
SERAP said, “The universities ought to have carefully considered the effects of high fees on accessibility and the vision of education that they seek to achieve.
“The universities are advised to find solutions to their funding difficulties elsewhere. But if they fail to reverse these fees within seven days of the publication of this statement, SERAP would take appropriate legal action to compel them to do so.
“The dramatic increases would have the effect of discriminating against disadvantaged students who may be unable to pay the new fees, and who are not granted any exemption, thereby creating a classification based on the economic and social status of their parents. The increases would also undermine the students’ rights to education and equal protection guarantees.”
The group called on the National Assembly to come up with legislation that would “end arbitrary imposition of fees on our public schools; grant exemptions to students from disadvantaged background; ensure that our universities are adequately funded on an equitable basis to ensure the proper exercise of the rights to equal protection of law and education and redress inequalities in education provision.”