Food stamps for college students

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    College students working at least 20 hours a week and earning no more than $1107 per month can qualify for up to $162 in food stamps per month. Even if their parents pay their tuition and rent...and can afford to buy their groceries.

    More college students using food stamps - 08/12/2008 - MiamiHerald.com

    If you are a college student, would you do this? If you are a parent, would you encourage your kid to apply for food stamps, even if you could afford all of their expenses?
     
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    21 is complete legal independence. Why should the parents have to pay for everything if they can afford it, while other parents don't have to pay a dime cause they can not afford it?

    IF you support food stamps, then it is simple, College Students qualify if they meet the criteria set by law.

    Using your logic if a 22 year old living away from home meets the criteria they should not get them either if the parents can "afford" to foot the bill for that kid too. When exactly does the parent no longer have to be financially responsible for the off spring? In your case you are saying never if the family can "afford" it.
     
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    Uh, I haven't stated my position either way, because I haven't made up my mind.

    I can see that if they qualify, they should apply for it. Especially if they don't qualify for the federal assistance so many others qualify for for college.

    But at the same time, isn't this wasteful government spending?
     
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    Either you believe the Food Stamp program is needed or you Do Not. If you do, then NO it is not wasted. If you believe it is not needed then sure it is a waste, but that would be because you think the entire program is a waste.
     
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    Damn, I wish you'd stop being so rabid.

    I don't think it is a waste when it helps someone in need. I'm just not sure this hypothetical college student is in need. Should he apply, knowing that in the long run it's going to either take food out of someone else's mouth or jack up someone else's taxes?

    Please justify it for me because I'd love to be able to say yes, apply, without feeling guilty.
     
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    I'm sort of dubious about the numbers we're given here.

    I know families or two and three making less than $1107 a month who don't get $162 a month in food stamps.

    Maybe the numbers change state by state, but I find it hard to believe that food is cheaper in Maine than in FLA.
     
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    It is simple. If the person, irregardless of college or living on their own, qualifies then they have every right to apply and freely use the food stamps. They are on their own, the parents are no longer responsible for them, even if they help pay their college tuition.

    Why, again, do you feel Fred, living on his own, can't make enough, qualifies for food stamps and we do not need to check his parents income and "ability" to pay for him. But if Fred is in a college somewhere and has the exact same conditions he is somehow wrong for applying for and receiving food stamps based on what his PARENTS make?

    If you support food stamps they are BOTH legit claims. Fred on his own qualifies because of HIS income and work. Fred in College qualifies also because of HIS income and work. Both have a need that, if you support food stamps, is a legit responsibility of the program to help with.

    I simply do not understand why if the guy is in college you think his parents should pay, but if he lives alone somewhere his parents are not a factor at all.
     
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    Every state has it's own way to calculate it. And I can believe food is cheaper in Maine.
     
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    It's not really his ability to pay, it's that he isn't paying. He's getting free rent, and making $1000 a month with no expenses but food and gas.
     
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    Why can't college kids live off Ramen like they always have?

    And I don't literally mean ONLY Ramen. There are a lot of things you can buy for a dollar or less, that you can stock up on and live off of.

    I mean, college is a means to an end, right? You sacrifice, and eventually you will be rewarded for the fruits of your labor. If you aren't supporting children, you don't need food stamps.
     

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