I think any PA program would benefit from a mandatory course on finance control. It would be great if they could set us up with a financial advisor and help us plan how to get off assistance and be financially stable, not just over the income limit.
My family is just under the income limit to receive assistance, one small raise and we could be pushed out of the program and lose our health insurance and we would be screwed financially.
I think a lot of people (like myself) are afraid to make that little bit more and get pushed off because we can't afford it now so that raise of .25 an hour isn't going to cover our health care and when it comes, it's not like we can refuse it.
We want financial independence, but it's so hard and so scary. I truly believe with the proper education more people would be able to get off assistance rather then staying under the income bracket because going over seems like it'd mean certain doom.