Applying for FoodStamps want to be ethical, get approved, it's complex
June 9, 2014 1:21 PM Subscribe
OK, so I am a grad student and I have been struggling to get by on student loans. I found out that if I am eligible for work study, which I am! Then I am eligible for food stamps- the $200 in food stamps a month would really help me out. My tuition is high (I don't have support from my family- Ha! I help them) and last month my student loans ran short, I had to get an increase and was late on rent.
posted by cheetahchick to Work & Money (13 answers total)
My work study will not be awarded until July. The case worker says she needs my last 4 paychecks. I just started working for Ivy League (not my school) and have worked for 5 weeks. My first paycheck included my first two weeks, and it does not break it down by the weeks I worked. The case worker says she needs a letter from Ivy League about my rate of pay, and approximate hours per week and when I am paid. Of course, I want to be ethical, I am only working 10- 15 hours a week so I should qualify. But, I am embarrassed to ask Ivy League for the letter. I am a brown girl trying to hustle and get the creds on my cv- ya know, most people at this school are very privileged, so I don't want to lose out on the opportunity to keep working at Ivy League. Sure they would not discriminate, but you know it is awkward. I wish I could say I need this letter for a scholarship, but that would not be ethical. So what to do here? If I don't get the letter in on time than I will be denied.
Also there is an issue as to if I am a full-time student. Right now for the summer, I am only taking 4 credits. For my loans, I need to take at least 6 credits. I meet with a professor who is a working professional- in a leadership position, about the possibility of doing an independent study with her for a paper that could be published. I know she is super busy, but it has been like 2 weeks and I have not heard back from her. If I work with her I can get 2 credits, and be considered full-time with my school. The other option is that we have to do field work in my program, so I could ask the professor at Ivy League that I am working with if could sign off on my job being my field experience, I really don't want to do this. The field work would be a great excuse to ask him about other opportunities, so this is what they call networking- lol. So I kinda don't want to play that card yet. Should I contact the professional again? I don't wanna annoy her, I may wanna work with/for her one day. My mentor is a colleague of hers, should I mention it to my mentor, ask her advice on reaching back out to Dr. Professional? So I am broke, and I don't wanna bite my nose to spite my face either. Thanks!!
The back story:
It is a long story so I will try and keep it short. I give some money, not much to help my sister, she is on stamps and works here and there (she is diagnosed bipolar and I give her gas money to get to work). So the last 2 months I did not have enough in student loans for rent and food. My LL graciously let me pay 3 months late to let me get caught up (my bills also include credit card debt)