College students using food stamps | The Frugalista

College students using food stamps

by frugalista on August 13, 2008

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My coworkers wrote this story today about food stamp usage increasing on college campuses. Students can get up to $162 per month. According to the story, the number of Sunshine State students receiving stamps was up 44 percent in July compared with the same time in 2007. Aw. At least the coeds are able to buy more ramen noodles. Between tuition increases, gas inflation and food prices, I can only imagine how tough it is on the modern college student. Furthermore, lots of students are already saddled with student loans. And let’s not talk about the credit cards that get hawked on campus to the poor students.

From the article:

To qualify, a single student must have a monthly income of less than $1,107 and meet one of the following criteria:

Be the caretaker of a child under 6.

Participate in a federally financed work-study program.

Work at least 20 hours a week.

I most certainly would have qualified in my day. I wonder would I have applied?

Do you know any students using food stamps? Would you use food stamps if you were a struggling college student? Should the students just get a second job?


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