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Harvard University Encourages Grad Students to Sign up for Food Stamps

Harvard University Encourages Grad Students to Sign up for Food Stamps

“Did you know that grad students may qualify for assistance paying for food & groceries?”

Harvard is sitting on an endowment worth tens of billions and they’re telling students to go on food stamps?

From Yahoo Finance:

Harvard University Encourages Students To Go On Food Stamps, Even Though It’s the Richest School In The World With A $53 Billion Endowment

Harvard University recently organized an event to support graduate students enrolling in government food assistance programs.

The Health Services office sent a flier to graduate students, encouraging them to participate in the SNAP Benefits Sign-Up event in April. The flier read, “Fuel your body & stock your pantry. Did you know that grad students may qualify for assistance paying for food & groceries?”

Harvard University is the wealthiest academic institution globally, boasting an endowment of approximately $53 billion. With such a substantial endowment, Harvard has the means to support a wide array of academic programs, research endeavors, scholarships and initiatives.

The Harvard Graduate Students Union (HGSU) expressed its view, advocating for more substantial measures to assist graduate students, primarily by increasing their salaries. According to HGSU’s proposal, all graduate student workers should receive a minimum annual salary of $60,000, a significant increase from the current minimum salary of $40,000. The union believes that providing adequate compensation directly to the students would alleviate the need for external assistance programs like SNAP.

The high cost of living in Boston only adds to Harvard students’ struggle. Many people across various professions and walks of life face similar challenges. But the proximity to cutting-edge innovation and opportunities in technology, entrepreneurship and startups presents a potential solution for those seeking to get in at the ground level of the next big thing.


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Ha ha!
When employers hire illegals, pay them shit, and tell them to survive on government assistance, the feds haul them in.
Lesson: get someone to make you a seal with some spiffy Latin on it.

Any comments or opinions yet from those good and. wise , erudite ayatollahs at The Harvard Crimson?

Boo Hoo. I was a newly married E-3 back in 85 with a wife that was a first year school teacher. We qualified for food stamps and government cheese but refused to take it. The only saving grace was that her parents paid for her education and she had no student debt.

When I was there (early ’70s), we got $2400 per year and $1000 if you taught an extra lab session. Grad school isn’t a normal job. In return for teaching about 3-6 hours a week, you get your tuition and fees paid and a pittance to live on. If you still couldn’t survive, you could become a resident tutor in a House or a proctor in the Freshman Yard. That would earn you room and board. It’s not so bad. I graduated with money in the bank.

The current crop of grad students are making a minimum of $40K per year (on top of having their tuition and fees waived). It sounds like they think they’re working at a real job rather than continuing their education (for free). These are the same students who demanded safe spaces and trigger warnings in college. No wonder they think they’re abused.

    Idonttweet in reply to OldProf2. | August 11, 2023 at 9:09 am

    Just curious, but are their waived tuition, fees, and stipends treated as income for tax purposes?

    They should probably get used to this if they got their undergrad degrees in grievance studies or some other useless SJW concentration. Not to mention freeloading on everyone else expecting them to pay off their student loans.

Is someone forcing those grad students to attend Harvard? I couldn’t afford a pricey Ivy league school so went to a state university. Got a very good education

And so many of us thought Harvard might not provide so much as a good example, but look now.