Student Strippers: Taking off Clothes, Not Taking on Debt

Young women in pursuit of a higher education use their stripper earnings to pay for tuition.
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Test Text1 Okay, here's the question, how far would you go to pay for college? We reported extensively here on outrageous tuition some kids and their parents are now paying. Tonight the stupts, men and women, figuring out away to strip away student loans and high tuition. Get ready for the big reveal. Here's Ju you why Chang. I'm Maggie. I'm pre-law at the university of maryland-baltimore county. I'm Madison. I'm getting my masters in social work. I'm jade, and I'm getting my bachelors in forensic psychology. Reporter: Meet the young women in hot pursuit of higher education. We are not using their full names because they have a little secret. They are part of a new generation taking off their clothes so they don't have to take on college debt. Essentially you're a student by day and stripper by night. Yeah. Sometimes a student by night, and a stripper by day. It depends. Reporter: Maggie says she gets straight a's as a double major. Spanish/poly-sci. Every other weekend, she takes a 3-hour train ride from her home in Baltimore to Manhattan. Sometimes I do homework -- Reporter: To the bright lights, big city dance club called "Scores." I have a class that ends at 5:15. I'll get over to the city by around 5:30-5:45, hop on a bus or train around 6:00, and then be at work by like 8:30. Reporter: Work means pole dancing in a g-string, for men who show their appreciation by giving them tips. I'm an entertainer. And what I provide is company and entertainment. It's seducing them -- It's definitely sales. We're selling our time and our company. Reporter: And so you're willing to sell your time and your company in order to pay tuition? Exactly, and going to school full time, you don't really have time to work 40 hours a week. There's so many jobs that just won't pay a wage that covers the cost of tuition so while I'm young, this is a terrific opportunity. Reporter: This past Saturday, Maggie took home more in one night than she would have working 40 hours as a waitress. Almost $1100. I'm so happy with what I got. Reporter: Stripping just four nights a week at scores, the money adds up, fast. How much do you make a year? I make about a $180,000 a year. Reporter: That's incredible. That's what a first year law associate makes, if not more. You'll take a pay cut when you become a lawyer. I will. Reporter: What do their parents think of this eccentric solution to the college debt problem? My dad, he's very supportive of just, you know, the work I do, just doesn't want to talk about it. My mom, she said that she was disappointed, because it was exploitation. Reporter: But these college students say they feel less exploited doing this than, say, waiting tables. I've actually found of any job I've held, this to be the least exploitative. As a waitress, I was amazed at how rude some customers could be. Reporter: But that doesn't mean they dont feel the sting when people find out what they do. I've gotten some comments, but people definitely make a point of mentioning it, and I feel like there are people that define me by that. Reporter: A lot of judgment? Sure. Reporter: But while these women say they still get shamed for being in this line of work, men get celebrated, like Channing Tatum in "Magic Mike." It turns out Tatum knew the value of a buck before he became famous. Here he is in a hula skirt stripping in real life shown on TMZ. ? it's something more and more men like dino are on to. Reporter: So what made you think "All right, I'll try stripping?" Not to sound cocky, but you look the mirror, and it's a great way to make money, it's easy, it's fun, you go on stage and perform. Reporter: To earn tuition, dino, who's studying international trade, performs at New York's hunk-o-mania. How much of your college are you able to pay by taking clothes off? Pretty much all of it. Reporter: Really? I would say all of it, and a little extra as well. Reporter: And when his buddies discover his extra-curricular activity, the response is overwhelmingly positive. My friends think its awesome they say "Oh, I wish I could do that." They really admire the fact that I do that. Reporter: 18-year-old Egypt says she doesn't get admired for stripping, but she feels she should get respect. Doing this means proving to people that strippers aren't always the stereotypical slut. We work hard, even if it is showing our bodies. Reporter: Egypt got her inspiration from an unlikely role model, the infamous duke university porn star, belle Knox. I read an interview on Knox in a "Rolling stone" magazine, and I'm like "She's 18 and doing porn. Why not me?" You know? Become a stripper. Reporter: Egypt was eager to meet Knox when she made at appearance at her strip club, the show palace. What are you studying?? Criminal justice. Oh, wow, you want to be a lawyer? I want to be a lawyer, too. Nice to meet you! Reporter: And belle Knox knows well the struggle to pay hefty duke university tuition. I was sitting in my dorm room one day and just completely stressed about how the heck I was gonna pay any of my bills, and I said to my roommate, "Screw it, I'll just be a porn star." Reporter: To make enough to pay her monthly $4300 tuition bill, Knox says -- My options were work three jobs. Even then, I'd probably only make about $1,000 a month. Porn has really given me a lot of financial Independence. Reporter: In fact, so much Independence that she told "Time" magazine just this week she no longer qualifies for any financial aid. In scores clubs across the country, there are almost 500 young women dancing to pay tuition. Reporter: So did that surprise you? Shocked me. So we thought about it. And we said, "You know, with all these entertainers going to school, why not try to put a scholarship together and do it through, a pole-dancing contest, where the winner would get $50,000 over four years to pay for her college. Reporter: You going to go for the scores scholarship now? Yes, I am. Reporter: And if they don't win, ironically, they'll have to rely on the conversational skills they've honed in the strip club. It's the girls who know how to talk to people. That's how you hook them. Reporter: Once again proving that the sexiest body part is the brain? Exactly.

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