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house Bill H.R. 3875

Should More College Students be Eligible For Food Stamps?

Argument in favor

College students who are independent or won’t have any help from family should be eligible to receive food stamps so they don’t go hungry.

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10/14/2017
Assisting college students can decrease the number hours they need to work, allowing more time and energy to focus on their studies so they can graduate, get a job, and give back to the community. I feel that’s the entire point if assistive services; to help lift people up so as they can better help themselves and give back to their community.
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10/14/2017
I had no help when I was in college, my major was hard and demanding and I had two work two just just to make money for school and food. I barely slept and worried all the time about my next meal. I couldn’t handle all the demands on my time and ended up accruing a huge credit card debt just so I could eat and focus on my studies. I think having access would’ve have helped make things a lot easier. Having access to healthy meals improves brain function, how are you supposed to do well in school when you aren’t eating or sleeping?
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10/14/2017
If we continue to demand that a college education is a requirement for “success” and that education for all must be a standard we continually strive for, while at the same time constantly increasing the cost of that education and holding wages down, there will always be a large percentage of poorer and indigent students who will desire and be willing to work hard to achieve that higher rung on the economic ladder. As of now, even many previously designated “ middle class” families are severely challenged in providing the support for their children to pursue a college degree or vocational training. Unless we make substantial changes in both the cost and funding mechanisms for the tuition and expenses associated with obtaining a college or vocational education, these young people will require assistance from our government. The government is the only source of funds and support that can be required by law to offer assistance and be subject to oversight to ensure its programs do not determine who receives that aid based on race, gender, creed or ethnicity. These same students deserve the additional support to enable them to be successful. Food stamp support is based on the ability to qualify according to one’s level of income. As long as students can qualify financially to receive them, food stamps should be part of a support package they receive.
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Argument opposed

There is already a lack of oversight in the food stamp program and the issue of fraud and misuse will only get worse by expanding eligibility for it.

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10/14/2017
Is the key to this question- “MORE?” What ever happened to the “starving college student?” And why must the taxpayers support? Isn’t this a time for “kids” to grow up? This mentality of helping everyone is just another step down the road of Socialism and national financial bankruptcy. We have been feeding everyone who held their hand out and now they’re ready to bit the hand that feed them. Is our nation really “rich” if we owe $$21,000,000,000,000?
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Kathleen 's Opinion
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10/14/2017
They seem to have time to protest all day get a job. And welcome to the real world
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Aaron's Opinion
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10/14/2017
By giving them an easy way out, it allows the kids of today to get into more trouble. By having to work hard and learn responsibility’s it will make them become better adults and let’s face it, this world needs some of that.
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      house Committees
      Nutrition, Oversight, and Department Operations
      Committee on Agriculture
    IntroducedSeptember 28th, 2017

What is House Bill H.R. 3875?

This bill would expand the eligibility of college students to participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). College students would now be eligible if they’re enrolled at least half-time, have an expected family contribution of zero, are eligible for the maximum Pell Grant award, or are determined to be “independent” based on criteria set forth in the Higher Education Act.

Under current law, college students must satisfy certain eligibility criteria to receive food stamps, such as being enrolled in a federal work study program.

Impact

College students who would be eligible for food stamps; and SNAP.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 3875

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthIn a “dear colleague” letter asking other lawmakers to support his bill, sponsoring Rep. Al Lawson (D-FL) wrote:

“Education is a fundamental facet of the American dream, and food insecurity should not add burdens or barriers to our nation’s college students. Aside from few exceptions, college students enrolled half-time or more cannot receive SNAP unless disabled, over the age of 50, receive TANF or similar benefits, or employed at least 20 hours a week. The College Student Hunger Act of 2017 will allow our most vulnerable college students to be eligible for SNAP to receive the additional support they need and deserve.”

This legislation has the support of 22 cosponsors in the House, all of whom are Democrats.


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Summary by Eric Revell

(Photo Credit: simonkr / iStock)

AKA

College Student Hunger Act of 2017

Official Title

To amend the Food and Nutrition Act of 2008 to expand the eligibility of students to participate in the supplemental nutrition assistance program.

    Assisting college students can decrease the number hours they need to work, allowing more time and energy to focus on their studies so they can graduate, get a job, and give back to the community. I feel that’s the entire point if assistive services; to help lift people up so as they can better help themselves and give back to their community.
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    Is the key to this question- “MORE?” What ever happened to the “starving college student?” And why must the taxpayers support? Isn’t this a time for “kids” to grow up? This mentality of helping everyone is just another step down the road of Socialism and national financial bankruptcy. We have been feeding everyone who held their hand out and now they’re ready to bit the hand that feed them. Is our nation really “rich” if we owe $$21,000,000,000,000?
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    I had no help when I was in college, my major was hard and demanding and I had two work two just just to make money for school and food. I barely slept and worried all the time about my next meal. I couldn’t handle all the demands on my time and ended up accruing a huge credit card debt just so I could eat and focus on my studies. I think having access would’ve have helped make things a lot easier. Having access to healthy meals improves brain function, how are you supposed to do well in school when you aren’t eating or sleeping?
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    If we continue to demand that a college education is a requirement for “success” and that education for all must be a standard we continually strive for, while at the same time constantly increasing the cost of that education and holding wages down, there will always be a large percentage of poorer and indigent students who will desire and be willing to work hard to achieve that higher rung on the economic ladder. As of now, even many previously designated “ middle class” families are severely challenged in providing the support for their children to pursue a college degree or vocational training. Unless we make substantial changes in both the cost and funding mechanisms for the tuition and expenses associated with obtaining a college or vocational education, these young people will require assistance from our government. The government is the only source of funds and support that can be required by law to offer assistance and be subject to oversight to ensure its programs do not determine who receives that aid based on race, gender, creed or ethnicity. These same students deserve the additional support to enable them to be successful. Food stamp support is based on the ability to qualify according to one’s level of income. As long as students can qualify financially to receive them, food stamps should be part of a support package they receive.
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    They seem to have time to protest all day get a job. And welcome to the real world
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    By giving them an easy way out, it allows the kids of today to get into more trouble. By having to work hard and learn responsibility’s it will make them become better adults and let’s face it, this world needs some of that.
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    While a majority of college students (myself included) are still dependent on their parents, many do not have this benefit. There are a variety of reasons a parent would financially isolate his or her child: the parents do not have the money to pay for college and provide for needs, the child has made certain decisions or told the parent certain things that the parent finds intolerable, et cetera. Regardless of the reason, that student is financially independent and unstable. SNAP benefits help restore some stability, a necessity in the rough-and-tumble world of the university.
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    College students are advancing their education and worrying about where next meals should come from should not be an issue. With the extreme cost of meal plans, this should be a given especially for students coming from low income families.
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    College Students are now full grown adults and they must be able to make wise choices on how to spend their money and not need help from the government.
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    I am a current college student, I get the idea of helping college students. But I rather get a job and look for more scholarship opportunities while in school, than make matters worse economically after I graduate.
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    What in the world is going on in this country, more entitlements? I just can’t believe what I am reading everyday. All of our kids went to college, food stamps were not part of the equation. Four of them by the way, and we were lower middle class at the time.
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    I worked 2 jobs and paid my own way. Why are the taxpayers responsible for college students choices. If you need money, get a job. Learn personal responsibility. Stop using food stamps and welfare as a free ride for lazy people.
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    I went to college from 2013-2017. In middle school I applied for a scholarship and worked real hard for it and I ended up getting all of my college paid for. Plus I got money on top of that which ended up being used on my family to help them. I ate the same peanut butter sandwich lunch all four years and I made it through. I worked in the summer and saved the money for what I needed. So my point is college students can live off a simple cheap meal and work in the summer or on the weekends or days they have off of school and save money and use it wisely.
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    Food stamps should only be for people with children. Not for perfectly healthy adults who can work.
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    Stop giving rich people billions and expecting poor to simply work their way up! It's not working!! Raise the poor up! And to all the "I had it tough so you kids should too" idiots out there, times fucking change, wages have not kept up with the cost of living! But if you are so damn traditional maybe you shouldn't use a Computer because our grandmothers used a friggen typewriter! Maybe you shouldn't use seatbelts! Hell maybe you shouldn't use a car!! They need food stamps let 'em eat!
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    To begin with, any bill submitted without a cost estimate is incomplete and should be rejected. Secondly, the current food stamp program is a mess, i.e., fraud, misuse, etc. I would recommend that the program be fixed prior to making any changes.
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    Yes because they are already struggling to pay for college, they shouldn't have to worry about food.
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    Expanding programs like this take money from struggling citizens and give entitlements to a generation already expecting everything to be handed to them. Too many pandered college students leave college with unrealistic expectations of how the world works. Hard work and sacrifice are the only ways to success. They can get a job like the rest of us did.
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    So many college students are hungry or homeless or both – yes, of course! This despite Republicans preference that they quietly die.
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    With what money? Where do you think the funding for this comes from? The government isn't sitting on a pile of cash. There's no money sitting somewhere. This either requires additional taxes, or else requires increasing the debt (which means additional taxes down the road). If you support this, vote with your dollars - give the money directly to college students yourself. How is Washington supposed to do a better job of administering your money than you?
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