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30,000 Michigan students bounced from food stamp program

Rick Snyder made waves when he announced that Michigan’s food stamps (commonly known as Bridge cards) program would be reformed. Now, Michigan residents are beginning to see the effects of this reform.

According to The Detroit News, 30,000—double the estimated number—college students have been dumped from the program, saving the state an estimated $75 million a year.

Michigan’s program was in serious need of reform. The state had 10 times the number of students on food stamps as Illinois or California. Even after the huge number of people being dropped, one in five Michigan residents are in the program.

One of the main ways that these 30,000 students were eliminated from the program is that starting October 1, the state will consider assets in determining eligibility. Prior to these new rules, Michigan only considered income, which is how so many college students qualified.

Stephanie Wang is the editor of the Michigan Review. She is a contributor to the College Fix.

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