Stripping to Pay For College

A new generation of college students are turning to stripping to pay their tuition.

The average price tag for a year of college now over $30,000 so for many students that can mean years of massive debt but you’re about to meet some enterprising young women and men who’ve chosen a different path one that involves a few nights a week of industrious work oh did i mention it includes taking their clothes off here’s my nightline co-anchor juju chang

But like all my classes like they’re like mostly discussion piece maggie looks very much like the straight a straight-laced student that she is i’ve got like tons of favorite food dino is majoring in international trade both are studying hard for college but for now this is how they pay their tuition they’re part of a new generation of students putting themselves

Through college by taking their clothes off and they’re unapologetic about it essentially you’re a student by day and a stripper by night yep sometimes a student by night in a stripper by day it depends double-major spanish poli sci she plans to graduate debt-free every other weekend she takes a three hour train ride to manhattan and sometimes i’ll leave baltimore

Straight from work and i’ll take like the four o’clock train and i’ll sleep on the train and then or wait by the time i get to the city to the bright lights big city dance club called schoolers fellow dancer jade says she’s studying for five finals you’re too pretty to work at a place like this no want to make three times the amount of money we’re gonna make when

We graduate they’re guys that come in for company and they want the girl next door sorry the girl next door there are some women who would feel like oh you know you should use your brains and not your body this takes a lot of brains it takes a lot of reins i think that you a girl can be really pretty and not make any money in this field or like she can not be that

Pretty and make a lot of money because so much of it is about like interpersonal skills with college bills up to 60,000 a year today’s grads are saddled with crushing debt economists say it’s actually slowing down our economy because young adults can’t afford to buy big-ticket items maggie found a provocative solution working just four nights a week how much do

You make here i make about a hundred and eighty thousand dollars a year in like you know a first year long associate would make that’s not it more critics argue taking it all off for the allure of easy money can sometimes derail your pursuit of higher education you could make a really pretty good living stripping at scores full-time why go to college don’t tell

Your mother i asked you that you can only really do it until you’re so old so it’s not something that’s really sustainable you’re like supposed to like do it until you get where you need to go in life and then that’s its use exhausted it’s a stepping stone for you right exactly got a career and i enjoy it i do enjoy it but it’s not what i want my life pursuit he

Turns out there are currently 24 women that scores alone who are putting themselves through school on the other side of the city at show palace we meet this 18 year old criminal justice major who goes by the stage name egypt egypt started dancing after reading about belle knox the duke university student who suffered severe backlash on campus after she went

Public about doing porn to pay for college i like most other people have been watching porn since i was since i was 12 years old are you serious yeah the story went viral dude she’s 18 and doing porn why not me you know become a stripper which is why egypt was so eager to chat with knox when the duke porn star came to her strip club the third eccentric answer

To the college debt problem is not always met with enthusiasm my parents when they found out were totally horrified do you ever worry that your studies and your brain power will be undercut by the facet you take your clothes off for on the side i think that i wouldn’t want to work for anywhere that would judge me based on that and i think that times are changing

Times may be changing but attitudes don’t change so quickly there’s still a good segment of our society who thinks it’s degrading for a woman to be a stripper mm-hmm candy candy there are times that it feels like that when does that happen when guys are disrespectful they think that we are degrading ourselves by doing this job at all so they don’t have a problem

Integrating us further maggie says stripping affords her the precious time to study she makes more on one night at the club than working 40 hours a week waiting tables i have felt so much more disrespected as a waitress than i’ve ever felt as a dancer because your job is to serve them yeah and in this like your job is to accompany them to entertain them like it’s

It’s glamorous she may find it glamorous at times but maggie points out what many agree is a double standard in the way strippers are treated definitely notice the double standard they’re like with men being fond over by all kinds of women like it’s think they’re semi gods do you know like it’s like it’s it’s definitely a status thing it’s like oh my gosh you’re

Hot enough to be a male stripper in fact that’s exactly what happens to dino my friends think it’s awesome i think it’s cool they’re like oh i wish i could do that you know that they like they really like admire the fact that i do that dino performs at new york’s hunk mania but he’s one of the few in college so what made you think all right i’ll try stripping

Well you know that sound cocky but you just look in the mirror this is a great way to make money it’s easy it’s fun it’s not hard strenuous work you go out you meet girls and go on stage you perform and his buddies all whoop it up when they discover his extracurricular activities nobody is dissing you or disrespecting you for doing it no no not about me it 519 you

Know just to dance and show them a good time oh you’re living the dream pretty much it’s never a good idea you know to strip to make money to pay for college former college counselor robert franek says there are other options there are so many financial aid resources available to students and families to pay for college this year alone there’s a hundred and eighty

Billion dollars available in state and federal aid and making too much money on the side could actually disqualify you so when we think about it making sure that you’re a great college student is your job i think it’s so easy for so many students if they’re making so much money for them to lose sight about their goals of being in school but one thing these women

Would agree on is that they have a limited number of years in this line of work where youth is prized i’m not looking forward to like the end of this like when i’m out of school and i’m living on less than i’m working so much harder which is why they’re busy taking advantage of what some now call the g-string scholarship for nightline i’m juju chang in new york

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Stripping to Pay For College By ABC News