08/08/2011 08:09 am ET | Updated Oct 08, 2011

30,000 College Students Kicked Out Of Food Aid Program In Michigan

Lansing -- Michigan has removed about 30,000 college students from its food stamp program -- close to double the initial estimate -- saving about $75 million a year, says Human Services Director Maura Corrigan.

Federal rules don't allow most college students to collect food stamps, but Michigan had created its own rules that made nearly all students eligible, said Brian Rooney, Corrigan's deputy director. As a result, the number of Michigan college students on this form of welfare made the state a national leader. For example, Michigan had 10 times the number of students on food stamps as either Illinois or California, Rooney said.

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