America’s students are struggling. Tuition is skyrocketing across the country. The cost of food is shooting up. Gasoline is more expensive than ever. It seems like everything costs more.
According to CBS-TV Atlanta, an increasing number of college students are signing up for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, more commonly known as food stamps.
“I did not even know that I was applicable for food stamps until someone told me about the site and to apply to see if I would get it,” said senior Taylor Smith. “Since then, I have saved a ton of money.
What’s not so commonly known is that participation in the food stamp program automatically qualifies students for free government cell phones and cheap internet programs.
“College students are eligible,” Ravae Graham, Deputy Director of Legislative Affairs and Communications for Georgia’s Department of Human Services said about food stamps. “And there has been a significant increase of use in the program over recent years.”
Eligibility requirements for food stamps vary slightly from state to state, but include income standards and, often, work requirements. While the food stamp program was originally designed help families, many students also qualify.
“One of the primary ways to qualify for the free government cell phone and cheap internet programs is by participating in another government aid program,” said Mark Henry, editor of FreeGovernmentCellPhones.net and CheapInternet.com. “If you get food stamps, you can also get a free cell phone and virtually free internet access.”
The free government cell phone and cheap internet programs are part of a program named Lifeline, which is designed to bridge the digital divide in America.
Students can get a free cell phone and 250 free minutes per month. They can also get high speed broadband internet service for just $9.95 per month and a home computer for as little as $150. “Life would be much easier for college students if they knew about these programs,” Henry added.