How an outdated law is leaving millions of low-income college students hungry
A 2017 survey of the California public university system, for instance, found that 40 percent of its undergraduate and graduate students faced food insecurity
The data check out: Since 1975, college attendance among low-income high school graduates has more than doubled from 31.2 to 65.4 percent, according to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES). That’s about the rate at which high-income high school graduates were already attending college back in 1975.
So a typical student body in the 1980s is no longer emblematic of college campus demographics today. The trouble is, our perception of college students as middle- and upper-class kids with parental support persists. That’s why some school officials perpetuate the misconception that college students are ineligible for SNAP, and why many believe it.
To make matters worse, food stamps laws are also stuck in the past.