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“Don’t they understand I’m going to college so that I don’t have to use these benefits anymore?”

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I know many women with this predicament. The part that strikes me from this article is,

"For single parents who rely on public assistance, college classes do not count as “work” in most states, so many of those who return to school lose access to benefits like childcare vouchers and cash assistance. The Welfare Reform Act of 1996, which limited recipients’ access to cash assistance, also restricted the definition of “work” to nine core categories. Work credit is largely limited to vocation-focused educational training, and only for a maximum of one year."

The fact that vocation-focused educational training is covered by higher education is not speak to either:

a. the belief that women who are single parents are some how inferior intellectually or incapable of jobs which require a certain level of education.

b. the desire to hold these women back


I wonder what the rationale is for not counting college classes as work.

I'm going to guess that it's because vocational classes are believed to provide more immediate employment and job placement. Even though it may be for jobs that will keep them at or close to poverty levels, regardless of their capabilities, intelligence and interests.

Then you're right that there's a disconnect between the policy makers and the single moms who would otherwise benefit from the college education.