Ph.D’s are Turning to Welfare for Help?

Education is the key to freedom for many.  An advanced education promises higher salaries and benefits for most, but there are still some that are finding that the hundreds of thousands of dollars that have been spent on several degrees far outweigh their ability to repay those loans.

A recent report from ABC, gives clear evidence that between the economy and some students’ field of study, more students have landed  in line for food stamps and other social services. One example given in the report is Elliott Stegall, 51.  He was interviewed by the Chronicle for Higher Education and is pursuing a Ph.D. in film studies at Florida State University, but he’s also teaching two English courses at Northwest Florida State College to make ends meet.  But the jobs still have not been enough and he and his wife had to get food stamps, Medicaid and WIC, a USDA program for women, infants, and children.

One glaring account of this epidemic in higher education came in this part of the report:

The number of people with Ph.D.s who received some kind of public assistance more than tripled to 33,655 in 2010 from 9,776 in 2007, according to Austin Nichols, a senior researcher from the Urban Institute, who used data from the U.S. Census Bureau and U.S. Bureau of Labor.

Read more here. You will be alarmed at how many people have resorted to food stamps since 2000.  That number has nearly tripled as well.

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