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The Santa Cruz Sentinel profiles one of the Corinthian 100 participating in a debt strike:  a 22-year-old server at a pizza restaurant who incurred $30,000 in debt during an eight-month medical assisting program at Everest College that she was unable to complete.
Makenzie Vasquez told the newspaper that she was refusing to pay back her loans for a program that oversold and under delivered.  
“They sold me a dream for a nightmare,” said Vasquez. “I shouldn’t be 22 and be in this much debt and have nothing to show for it.”
 
 
The attorneys general from nine key states are calling upon the federal government to forgive federal loans issued to thousands of students at Corinthian Colleges, which imploded last year after years of criticism of sharp practices in enrolling adults in expensive programs with few job prospects after graduation.
In a letter to Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, these top Democratic prosecutors last week urged the U.S. Department of Education "to immediately relieve borrowers of the obligation to repay federal student loans that were incurred as a result of violations of state law by Corinthian Colleges, Inc."
The attorneys general were from Massachusetts, California, Connecticut, Illinois, Kentucky, New Mexico, New York, Oregon and Washington.
The call for debt relief comes at a time when a group of 100 former students of Corinthian are refusing to pay their loans used to pay for programs that they say were worthless.
In 2014, Corinthian announced that it would be closing and selling off its schools such as Everest and Wyotech  after U.S. Department of Education officials froze access to federal financial aid for three weeks at a time when the company was facing multiple challenges, including a lawsuit by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

 
 
The widely publicized student loan debt revolt started by a group of former students of Corinthian Colleges -- known as the Corinthian 15 -- has enlisted an additional 85 protestors.  Enter the newly entitled "Corinthian 100."

As recently reported by The Washington Post, the "'debt strike' has picked up 85 more disgruntled borrowers" from Corinthian schools who are  "willing to jeopardize their financial future to pressure the government into forgiving their student loans."

The Post says, "Corinthian, which runs Everest Institute, Wyotech and Heald College, has become the poster child for the worst practices in the for-profit education sector, including high loan defaults and dubious programs. Clouded by allegations of deceptive marketing and lying to the government about its graduation rates, Corinthian lost its access to federal funds last year, forcing the company to sell or close its schools."

"In the aftermath, current and former students of the for-profit schools have called on the Education Department to wipe away debt they say Corinthian pressured them into taking. After months of pleading with the department to forgive the federal loans, the students teamed with an offshoot of the Occupy Wall Street movement known as the Debt Collective. Together, they came up with the idea for the strike."

"It’s a dicey move because students who default can lose their paychecks, tax refunds or even a portion of their Social Security. Not paying back debt can also ruin someone’s credit, making it difficult to buy a house or car, or to get a job."