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If you have an degree, (a bachelor's or higher) are you on welfare? Or have you been on welfare after attaining your degree?

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Asked by Alma_C at 3:52 PM on Dec. 1, 2008 in Money & Work

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  • yes but it's bc I'm now disabled

    Answer by admckenzie at 3:56 PM on Dec. 1, 2008

  • My parents were on food stamps etc...while my dad went through med school years ago. Then they were doing great for years. Now we are all hurting due to the housing market crash.

    You are not alone if you have to do that. Right now just having a degree is not enough because how much school costs etc...and a lot of people are in debt.

    If you need services to help yourself while you get back on your feet do not feel ashamed.

    Answer by Anonymous at 4:03 PM on Dec. 1, 2008

  • I don't plan on being on welfare. Yes my husband will lose his job in about 6 mths, but somehow I don't foresee us having to be on welfare. We have money saved up and we also have a rental house, which brings in free and clear money,a little less than 10K. He also has a second job, that he contracts for different companies, which he has built up in the last 3 years and makes as 1/2 as much at his full time job. He makes what I made when I first got out of college. We don't have any major debt, other than our mortgage and our student loans. No credit card debt.I don't feel that he would have a problem finding another job even in this economy. He would do whatever it takes to provide us with food and a roof over our head.


    Answer by Alma_C at 5:12 PM on Dec. 1, 2008

  • Schools? Are you talking about college/universities? I don't think it is expensive, especially not a community college. Its only about 400 a semester, plus books. Any kid could for that himself. Not only that 72 hours can be taken before having to transfer.

    I would also have garage sales, ebay everything I could and everything else. We would also sell the other 3 cars and go down to one, if we had to before having to on the gov't dole.


    Answer by Alma_C at 5:12 PM on Dec. 1, 2008

  • Uh, I don't know what community college you are talking about but I attend a community college and I paid $400 for ONE CLASS...and that was with my books. My math class cost us just over $400 and it only counted for 4 hours. My English class cost us just at $300...hell, one of the books I bought for that class cost me $98 alone! In fact, I have yet to take a class there that cost less than $275+books.

    Answer by mizkaye at 6:49 PM on Dec. 1, 2008

  • It is still a small price to pay considering all the benefits you will receive. I took 52 hours in one year. And yes, I got student loans for them. $1100 for 15 hours, which is still inexpensive in my opinion and that was at a University. I would have no problem paying that out of pocket. You would Sh** if you knew what my husband paid for his online classes from AIU.

    Answer by Alma_C at 9:14 PM on Dec. 1, 2008

  • Please advise. What is the purpose and/or rationale for this question? What correlation, if any, are you attempting to derive by comparing two issues that on the surface, have nothing to do with one another? I fear this may be an opportunity to have others bash and judge those who would answer honestly.

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:39 PM on Dec. 1, 2008

  • I agree with Anon 939.
    You may think you've got everything figured out, and maybe you do. But some of us planned ahead, saved, invested, and NEVER HAD 3 CARS TO START WITH. And now we are facing rough times and may have to rely on foodstamps or other types of assistance. We paid into the system for years for this very reason. It's hard enough to have to swallow your pride to ask for help, we don't need people running around saying I told you so, or I'm better than you because...

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:19 PM on Dec. 1, 2008

  • Well, you never know when your wonderful world is going to come crashing down around you. So I would not act holier than thou.

    I suggest you come into the year 2008 with your community college prices dear. I am currently attending a private 4 year college. I did my general education requirements at a community college. It costs about 1,500 a semester where I went. Where I go now it costs a lovely 13,000 a semester only because I have a house. I would not sh** if I knew what your husband was paying for AIU. I go to one of the best private colleges in Pennsylvania. Oh I don't have credit card debt. I don't have a mortgage. I own my home.

    Answer by OneToughMami at 11:50 PM on Dec. 1, 2008

  • 1 75.75 92.75 243.25
    2 134.50 168.50 285.00
    3 176.25 227.25 326.75
    4 235.00 303.00 447.00
    5 293.75 378.75 558.75
    6 352.50 454.50 670.50
    7 411.25 530.25 782.25
    8 470.00 606.00 894.00
    9 528.75 681.75 1,005.75
    10 587.50 757.50 1,117.50
    11 646.25 833.25 1,229.25
    12 705.00 909.00 1,341.00
    these are the rates at my local community college.

    Answer by Alma_C at 1:13 AM on Dec. 2, 2008

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