It will be tougher for some college students in Michigan to qualify for taxpayer-supported food assistance starting in April.
The Michigan Department of Human Services said Wednesday that college students won't be able to get the help unless there is a "true need." The state will enforce a policy in line with federal guidelines, meaning college students won't qualify for food stamps except in "very limited circumstances."
Attending college in and of itself won't be reason enough to get the food assistance. Benefits should be based on income, household size and other criteria.
The move comes after some state lawmakers raised concerns about abuse of the state's Bridge card system. The card works like a debit card for people to access benefits.
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