Dawn Thompson racked up $155,000 in student loans for a Corinthian College degree that proved worthless. Now she refuses to pay it off.
It's a risky move, but she's not alone. More than 100 of the now-defunct for-profit school's students are taking the same stand. And the government is willing to hear them out.
The "debt strikers" are asking the federal government to forgive their loans because they were ripped off by the school.
On Tuesday, 14 of the strikers were scheduled to meet with reps from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Department of Education, which has the power to cancel the loans. Officials wouldn't say what the agenda was for the meeting, and it's not uncommon for the CFPB to meet with students struggling to pay off loans.
This is the first time the "debt strikers" have been acknowledged by the government.
"I believe every student from Corinthian College who was lied to should have their loans forgiven so they can to go a real school and get a real degree," she told CNNMoney before Tuesday's meeting.